George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic recently did a two night stint at Tipitina's to ring out 2015. The sets for the most part were identical, but that really didn't matter because to the pure entertainment factor that Clinton and company bring. The main change between night one and two was the persona George took on stage. Night one was the Masquerade and night two was clean cut. The Masquerade was a perfect extension of George’s personality as he wore a musical-inspired Phantom of the Opera mask with a colorful suit. On night two he was just in his glasses and a white suit, a much more laid back look. Even though a costume wasn't present, night two, seemed to have more energy; the crowd was a also bigger as it was a sold out show. Night one was pretty close, if not by the end of the evening, to also being sold out.
With such a huge cast of characters, someone could have easily been left out, but George took a back seat at times to let the other talents in P-Funk shine. Night one had George’s MC all over the place, pacing back and forth in front of the stage. Night two he seemed a bit more laid back, but still managed to guide the Mothership to a grand conclusion.
The last time I saw George and P-Funk was Lollapalooza 1994. It’s amazing what has changed over the years. Gone are the dreads and the hippie robes, replaced with a clean cut version of the iconic legend that he has created. The six hours I spent with P-Funk were the best way I could even imaging pushing out 2015.