About the Performers
Michael "Clip" Payne's 420 Funk Mob
The 420 Funk Mob is the "Off Days" project from P-Funk front man Mike Clip Payne that has headlined festivals, clubs and special events in Europe and the United States since 1997. The 420 Funk Mob features a line up of allstar musicans from inside and outside the Parliament/Funkadelic universe. You never know who you are going to see or what you are going to hear at a 420 Funk Mob show. Why? Most bands switch up the set list every night to keep things fresh. Clip Payne's 420 Funk Mob takes it one step further. Band members change every tour. The 420FM has been everything from a 6 piece Mini Funkadelic to a 20 piece Funkestra with horns, strings and backing singers. Past bands have included PFunk, David Bowie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Bootsy's Rubber Band, Dr. Dre, Amy Winehouse, MuzikMafia, and Lenny Kravitz members.
Michael "Kidd Funkadelic" Hampton
Michael Hampton - lead guitarist, composer and musical director as well as a Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame inductee with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. His debut performance at Landover, MD, in 1974 was as a substitute for original Funkadelic guitarist Eddie Hazel. Hampton firmly grabbed his position as a new star player in the Funk. He was fresh out of high school when he caught the band members attention at their after show party, where he played the well-known solo "Maggot Brain" note for note. That was how "Kidd” started as “Funkadelic", which later becomes a part of an album title and his nickname “Kidd Funkadelic”.
During high school Michael took lessons from a Jazz guitar player, who taught him technique, from various scales to “ghost noting” which rooted deep into his signature style, simultaneous “melody-chord-speed”. This training prepared this determined Kidd for the biggest turning point soon after. As Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Albert King were some of the biggest influence to him, he listened to many different genres of music and players, and then turned them into his own interpretations, which supports his musical versatility and complexity to this day. Hampton's first studio recording was Bootsy's Rubber Band's “Stretchin' Out In” (1976).
As time went on, he built his unique style to the higher level by recording and performing with Parliament and Funkadelic. George Clinton describes how Hampton “perfected the concept to play solo with melody of the song” with his solo leads on “Maggot Brain”, “Red Hot Mama”, “Cosmic Slop”, “Knee Deep”, “Funkentelechy” to name a few. Since the 80's, he has been showing his multi-talent on other musical instruments from keyboard to drums, as well as synthesizer programming and producing songs. Besides being one of the most important members of P-funk, Hampton has been playing and recording on various projects with & without P-funk. Playing his one-and-only “Kidd Funkadelic” style, he adds a modern yet old school, groovy and hard edge to whatever he works on and takes it to another level.
Frankie "Kash" Waddy
Born in Cincinnati in 1948, Frankie has played with PFunk and its associated bands since1971. Prior to P-Funk, he played with James Brown and the House Guests, which evolved into Funkadelic. After joining P-Funk he has also played with Complete Strangers, which became Bootsy’sRubber Band, Sly Stone and Sly Fox.
Tony Camm and the FUNK All-Stars
ToNY CaMM & The FUNK Allstars is a high-energy "psychedelic funk circus" hailing out of Central Virginia, with a touring show that features covers of George Clinton, Parliament-Funkadelic, funky renditions of Grateful Dead tunes, top Pop hits, R&B and Hip-Hop favorites and their own originals.