by Ryan Snyder

Upcoming shows you should check out


Your move, R. Kelly voucher holders. This Saturday night’s Parliament Funkadelic show is the first, last and best reason to redeem your pain and suffering. The saying, “Ain’t no party like a P-Funk party” isn’t just a marketing slogan; it’s a cosmic fact. George Clinton’s P-Funk Family is so far-reaching that it’s almost impossible to say with any certainty who will be among the dozen-strong crew he will have assembled for this weekend’s Ziggy’s show — there will be Michael “Kidd Funkadelic” Hampton on guitar and Michael “Clip” Payne as the show’s narrator and keyboardist, though Bootsy Collins hasn’t been a regular in years with his own band at least on par with the Mothership, and Bernie Worrell is too itinerant to be considered a member. Nevertheless, the Prime Minister of Funk always brings a devastating funkquake, even if Clinton himself tends to be a bit of a breezy presence on stage. Tickets to the show are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and the music starts at 9 p.m.


For a venue that’s been all about setting attendance milestones, the Durham Performing Arts Center finally having their first hiphop shows seems long, long overdue. But when they finally made their move, they reeled in a whopper. Since bringing “ethering” into the modern lexicon, Nasir Jones has put out three more platinum records to add to the six certifications he earned before his feud with Jay-Z. It could easily be argued that, after of the top tier of  Jay-Z, Eminem and Lil Wayne, Nas is the next most important rapper alive, maintaining a wide-angle perspective and turning in top-shelf rhymes at what is ostensibly the post-peak of a hiphop career. That, and his association with DMX is the only thing keeping his Belly costar on the radar. Not coincidentally, DMX will be Nas’s special guest at this Sunday’s — moved from Friday — performance at the DPAC, hosted by Durham mainstay 9th Wonder. Tickets for the show start at $55 and the rhymes begin at 8 p.m.


For all the stunt licensing their music has endured over the past 20-plus years, Naughty By Nature essentially made East Coast Hip- Hop’s most perfect record in the early ’90s with their eponymous release in 1991. The “OPP” cassingle was literally sold in multipacks because it was a given that at least one was going to get worn out. It was just that kind of jam; powered by an unimpeachable Jackson 5 sample paired with the break from “Synthetic Substitution” — one of the greatest ever — and enough lyrical ambiguity in the pre-internet age to keep it cryptic and compelling, however obvious its meaning seems in retrospect. The real gems on that album got love, but maybe not enough though. “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” was poetic in its pathos, leaving behind the most acerbic lines for the true hip-hop heads (“I got laughed at, I got jumped, I got dissed/ I got upset, I got a Tech and a banana clip” and its flippant sig line, “If you ain’t never been to the ghetto, don’t ever come to the ghetto, cause you wouldn’t understand the ghetto”). Naughty By Nature bring the old school back — though they really never went away — to Ziggy’s this Sunday with support from Eddy B. and Ignite & Imagery. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and the music starts at 9 p.m.