Tonight, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic return to New Orleans for a show at House of Blues. The band has been touring with changing lineups for almost 40 years—since 1974—but the roots of the group stretch all the way back to 1955, when George Clinton’s doo-wop quintet The Parliaments first began performing. By the late ’60s, Clinton had added a backing band to the Parliaments, bringing together the musicians who would form Funkadelic in 1970. These two videos document a Parliaments performance from 1969, in which they perform their first big hit, “(I Wanna) Testify”, cover Stevie Wonder’s “I Was Made To Lover Her”, and play the opening track of the debut Funkadelic album, “Mommy, What’s a Funkadelic?”
Doors open at 8 p.m. for the concert tonight. Advance tickets are $45 with fees.