George Clinton brings the funk to Berklee
The first name in funk, George Clinton, received an honorary degree from the folks at Berklee this week. The college celebrated the occasion — the culmination of Clinton’s four-day residency at the school — with a performance by Berklee’s P-Funk Ensemble. Afterward, Clinton, the mastermind behind Parliament and Funkadelic, traded his doctoral robes for a silver suit and joined students on “Testify,” “Give Up the Funk,” and “One Nation Under a Groove,” among other P-Funk hits. Clinton was then accompanied by longtime horn players Bennie Cowan and Greg Thomas, and several other members of his current band for a career-spanning, sold-out show.