Real Good for FREE: The Mothership is Landing!

George Clinton

“Ain’t nothin’ but a party!”

“The bigger the headache, the bigger the pill.”

“Put a glide in your stride, a dip in yo’ hip and come on up to the Mothership.”


When it was announced last spring, the Bootsy Collins show was uniformly hailed as one of the all-time best bookings for Albany’s long-running Alive at Five free, weekly, summertime concert series.

And no question about it, Bootsy definitely delivered the goods in concert, living up to all the hopes and hype.

So maybe you thought that the folks at the City of Albany’s Office of Special Events had nowhere to go but downhill this summer, at least on the funk front.

But you’d be Oh. So. Wrong…

Although there’s been no official word yet from the folks who run the concert series, it looks like extraterrestrial future-funk architect George Clinton himself will be making his Alive at Five debut this summer. According to his website, the mastermind behind R&B blockbusters Parliament and Funkadelic is expected to be on the bridge captaining the Mothership when it lands in Albany’s Riverfront Park on Thursday, June 27.

Free your mind and your ass will follow…

A tip o’ the hat to Ed Conway

New York State Writers Institute readings @ various locations (various days)
Music Matters Workshops @ Albany Public Library, Albany (select Mondays through April 15)
Music at Noon @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy (select Tuesdays through May)
Crandall Library Folklife Concert Series @ Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls (select Thursdays through April)
New York State Writers Institute films @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany (select Fridays)
Lost Radio Rounders Third Friday Charity Concert Series @ McKownville Methodist Church, Albany (select Fridays through April)

  1. Mike Hotter says

    Bootsy was all fine and dandy – but I’m very impressed by this score – on my 39th birthday, no less. Can anyone pull some strings so i can get a private audience with the Pope of Funk?

  2. Fred The Valet says

    Ain’t no party like a P-Funk party – cuz a P-Fun party don’t stop!

    Worth a summer trip from Cape Cod to Albany, I think – I just hope Chandler doesn’t end up with a gig the same night!

  3. Eric Halder says

    This is fantastic! Very impressed with some of the talent they’ve been able to get over our way for Alive at 5.

    Hey Mike, if you get that audience, can I join you if I promise to bring along a delicious Birthday cake?

  4. oates77 says

    Saw them at Northern Lights back in 1999 or so and it was a 4 hour show!

  5. Mike H. says

    sounds like a plan, Eric!

  6. Richard Brody says

    Bootsy told us that the mothership would be landing in Albany in 2013 and he be a man of his word.

  7. Fred says

    Let’s see all the fine single ladies show up for this show! Holla, foxy ladies!

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