Friday, September 16, 2005

Wednesday, September 28th : woodstock film festival

Bernie Worrell and the Strangers will perform at the Bearsville Theatre at 8:00 PM for the opening night concert. Special guest appearances include Danny Louis of Gov’t Mule and Doug Wimbish and Will Calhoun of Living Colour.

featuring Will Calhoun and Doug Wimbish

Bernie Worrell & the Strangers with special guest appearances by Gov't Mule's Danny Louis and Uncle Funk featuring: Joe Beesmer, Jesse Gress, Pete Levin, and Jerry Marotta.


Living Parliament? Funkadelic Colour? We're not sure what it is, but it rocks. With a backbeat provided by resident stampede impersonator, Will Calhoun, and a groove from Doug Wimbish that is deeper than the needle's made on your Physical Graffitti vinyl, Bernie Worrell flies anywhere and everywhere on his magic carpet woven together from waveforms of all creeds and colors. Is it possible that three people are responsible for all of these sounds? Yep, they're guilty.

It wouldn't be too farfetched to call Bernie Worrell the Zelig of funk. Back in the day, he was alongside Clinton, Bootsy and everybody else who was in the deep funk of things as the musical director of Parliament Funkadelic. Throughout the years, he's popped up time and again--like an ivory-tickling, versatile Waldo--in the most intriguing places: performing with musical outfits like Bootsy's Rubber Band and Mos Def's rap-rock supergroup Black Jack Johnson; collaborating with the Talking Heads and eventually ending up in their magnificent concert film Stop Making Sense; and backing up every rapper to come out of the West Coast (in sampled form, of course). Now that he's on tour with his own backup crew, the Strangers featuring Will Calhoun and Doug Wimbish of Living Color, folks can rest assured that, in these less-than-funky times, there is still one man out there who is willing to deliver the funk--by any means necessary. (C.D.L.)

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