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by Britt Chester

Upcoming shows you should check out

GEORGE CLINTON AND PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC

Thursday, February 12, Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem, 336.722.5000

“Dogs of the world unite / Dancin’ dogs / Yea, countin’ dogs, funky dogs / Nasty dogs”¦ Atomic dog.” It seems pointless to write something about George Clinton so as to entice you to go see the legend and his crew of dancers, singers and musicians, but this is Choicest of Choice Beats, so we must. George Clinton got into the music industry by writing songs for Motown, a thriving record label boosted to popularity alongside the likes of the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and others, but Clinton found success in other areas. Putting together a crew “” Parliament Funkadelic “” helped Clinton nail down multiple Top 40 hits, as well as dominating album sales in the funk and R&B genres through the ’70s. Do the songs still play? There’s an entire generation that grew up in the wake of George Clinton “” they are the young musicians who rely on the soul of the funk genre “” and there are kids who sing along to “Atomic Dog” who can’t even buy a 40 ounce bottle of malt liquor yet. One of the best things about a George Clinton show is, aside from the slew of hits you’re guaranteed to hear, the fantastic stage performance put on by Parliament Funkadelic. Without them, the show would simply be an antiquated funk superstar growling his lyrics, which is good, but the Parliament makes it better.

Tickets for the night start at $20 preshow and go up to $25 if you wait to purchase them at the door. The doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m.

JANTSEN & DIRT MONKEY

Thursday, February 12, The Blind Tiger, Greensboro, 336.272.9888

Jantsen and Dirt Monkey set to take over The Blind Tiger on Thursday night, which means if you have any inclination to get down to some proper dubstep and drum and bass, you’ll want to be there. Calling Colorado home, both Jantsen and Dirt Monkey are no strangers to the hectic touring schedule that comes with being an in-demand DJ and producer. Jantsen has been featured on multiple Bassnectar albums and found recognition in the music world with a host of solid remixes. Dirt Monkey, whom this writer once hung out with on the set of a music video for an Ishe-collaborated track called “Slow and Low,” jumps between dubstep and drum and bass like he’s playing hopscotch with your emotions. One second you’re nodding along trying to keep up with the fast-paced tempo of scattered high hats and kick drums and the next your slouch-stepping to some serious bass. It’s all in good fun, though, and both Jantsen and Dirt Monkey returning to Greensboro is a good sign that some more proper dance music will hit the area in the near future. Tickets for the show start at $9 preshow and go up to $12 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. !

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