GFM’s Music Review: Andy Allo’s Superconductor Drum Majors a Symphonic Masterpiece!

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After donning the stage with his Royal Badness on the “Welcome to America” tour, there has been a stirring curiosity surrounding the Cameroonian-born guitarist and vocalist, Andy Allo. While some may be familiar with her face from television series like The Game and her 2009 debut album, Unfresh, Allo’s sophomore project, Superconductor not only grabs your attention but creates a remarkable declaration of her talent and individuality as a musician and songwriter. Without question, Superconductor is brilliantly styled in the garments of funk, soul and R&B with a fusion of vulnerability, sensuality and thoughtful inspiration. Continue reading “GFM’s Music Review: Andy Allo’s Superconductor Drum Majors a Symphonic Masterpiece!”

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Song of the Day: Parliament: “Chocolate City”

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In “Chocolate City”, our Artist of the Month is dreaming out loud about his desire to put a little “chocolate” on our nation’s capital. He even assigns the Cabinet: Muhammad Ali as the President; Rev. Ike as the Secretary of the Treasury; Richard Pryor as the Minister of Education; Stevie Wonder as the Secretary of Fine Arts and Ms. Aretha Franklin as the First Lady of the United States.  All this probably sounded like comedy set to funky beat in 1975, but look at 2008–a “chocolate” man and woman became the President and First Lady of the United States.  Aretha Franklin sang at the inauguration; as did Stevie Wonder. Stevie Wonder was also honored by President Obama at the White House as the second recipient of the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize. Not that big of a “trip” after all… “Chocolate City” from the 1975 Parliament album of the same name.

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YEAR TWO Begins Today at Bootsy Collins’ FUNK UNIVERSITY

Are you ready to not only give up the FUNK but to be educated about the FUNK as well? Well hit that button and get ready to meet some of your esteemed Funkologists for Year Two of Bootsy Collins’ Funk U.

Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.

Stanley Clarke joins star-studded professor list at Bootsy Collins’ FUNK UNIVERSITY

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From the press release

HE HAS BEEN CALLED “THE MICHAEL JORDAN OF BASS”. He has invented instruments, scored your favorite movies, won countless awards and made music with everyone from the Rolling Stones to Oprah Winfrey. And on July 1, Grammy award-winning bassist Stanley Clarke will put the sum total of his experience and insight at your fingertips as one of the newest professors weighing on Year Two at the Funk University (thefunkuniversity.com), the trailblazing online bass guitar academy masterminded by funk legend Bootsy Collins. Continue reading “Stanley Clarke joins star-studded professor list at Bootsy Collins’ FUNK UNIVERSITY”

RIP Parliament Guitarist Phelps “Catfish” Collins

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“My world will never be the same without him…. Be happy for him, he certainly is now and always has been the happiest young fellow I ever met on this planet.” – Bootsy Collins

Legendary funk guitarist and brother of Bootsy Collins, Phelps “Catfish” Collins passed away last week after a battle with cancer. Having played in 3 of the greatest funk bands ever (Parliament/Funkadelic, the J.B.’s and Booty’s Rubber Band) his music will still be with us. It should be noted that his death came just one month after fellow funkateer, Garry Shider.

We’d like to share some information from Bootsy as well as the touching obituary that he has written. Bootsy has also organized “The Catfish Nation, to celebrate the CATFISH LIFE, ONE SMILE AT A TIME!” The event will take place September 4th at the Madison Theater in Covington, Kentucky.

Catfish’s motto was: If it’s free it’s for me, so yeah, it’s FREE to everyone. We have opened a “Catfish musicians fund” that will be set up to help unfortunate musicians that fall on bad times and can not afford their own burial. So we are asking the ones that can to donate to this cause. You can email us at: bootsycf7@gmail.com for more details.

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