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Gloria Peloquin Benefit

Organized by local musician and songwriter Jan Spillane, this hastily-arranged benefit concert brings together a number of longtime area musicians, all of whom are donating their time and considerable talent for a common cause: to raise money for a memorial fund set up to honor Gloria Peloquin, slain in a botched robbery attempt nearly three weeks ago.

Initially the funds raised by this show were meant to go towards a Silent Witness reward for information leading to the arrest of her killer, but since police now have a suspect in custody, the funds will be given to her family.

According to Spillane, a close friend of the victim, the outpouring of support for this event has been quite heartening.

The concert will take place rain or shine at Tubby’s Tankhouse in Thunderbolt, a restaurant and bar that’s known for drawing thousands of folks to their popular Thursday evening “Sunset Parties.” Tickets are $10, and will be sold in advance at the restaurant, and at the gate on the day of the show. Those who attend are encouraged to hold on to their ticket stubs, as a large number of door prizes will be awarded during the event.

Musicians who are currently scheduled to appear include Spillane, Alan Wilson, noted jazz bassist Ben Tucker, Southern rock band High Velocity, vocalist Tim Love and guitarist John Banks from The Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love, and the extremely popular Wilmington Island cover group Band In The Park.

The event is being co-sponsored by Connect Savannah, and a number of other area businesses have donated their services an/or products to the cause.

The professional sound and lighting for the musicians are being provided by Live Performance Solutions.

While coolers are not permitted, there will be plenty of food and beverages available on site, and all proceeds benefit the memorial fund.

There have been a number of benefit shows of late in our immediate area, and it’s easy to become immune to their calls for support. However, when heinous and undeniably senseless crimes of this nature occur, communities can and should come together to help their own in a time of need.

Even if live music’s not really your thing, consider attending this show. If a great many people give just a bit in can make a very great difference. Sun., 2 pm, Tubby’s Tankhouse.

George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic

Well, I’ve been saying for a long time that it sure would be nice if The Savannah College of Art and Design brought in another A-list musical act to play a free show in Forsyth Park (as they did several years ago for their Sidewalk Arts Festival with Emmylou Harris and her guests Buddy and Julie Miller), and it appears they have finally come around.

In fact, I’m hard pressed to imagine a more appropriate booking for Savannah than the one they have arranged.

To my knowledge, the last time funk legend George Clinton brought his P-Funk tribe through Savannah was back in the mid-1970s, when he was still hauling around the original Mothership stage set. I’ve been told by folks who attended that highly anticipated show at the Civic Center, that it was one of the most mind-blowing rock concerts they’ve ever seen.

Well, it’s almost thirty years later (just think about that for a minute), and The Atomic Dog is back with a revamped lineup of his genre-busting powerhouse, and if Forsyth Park actually had a roof, he’d be likely to tear it off in much the same fashion as he did back in the day.

This far-out acolyte of the pushing-the-one funk of James Brown pushed The Godfather’s musical ideas about as far as one could imagine, by stretching grooves out to their natural limits and then pressing forward, beyond the barrier.

He also interpolated a bit the late Sun Ra’s kooky beliefs (or stage shtick, depending on how much the man impressed you) about the black race having its origins in outer space, and then threw in a more than healthy dose of absurdist humor to create the free-flowing, bizarro, psychedelic and afro-centric universe that has been, is and will probably always be known as P-Funk.

Today’s version of this freak-flag caravan tours the world playing to sold out crowds, and delivering their own burbling, loose-limbed takes on Clinton classics like “Flashlight,” “Up For The Down Stroke,” and others.

Since 1989, the lineup this group has gone through several incarnations, but two things remain the same: there are always a handful of original members of either Parliament or Funkadelic (the two Clinton backing groups which eventually merged as one), and any newer players operate at an extremely high caliber of musicianship.

With the advent of hip-hop (which drew much from P-Funk’s look and sound), Clinton’s music is perhaps more popular than ever, thanks to sampling. Thusly, he now appeals as much to white audiences as to his hardcore black audience of days gone by.

This show (also featuring The North Mississippi Allstars - see Music Interview) has more potential to attract a huge and diverse crowd (young and old, black and white) than just about anything held in the park since I moved here in 1986. I hope it’s a complete success. Fri., 7 pm, Forsyth Park.