Pass the Peas!

June 16th, 2006 § 1 comment § permalink

Maceo Parker Show

Event type: Concert

Date: 2006-06-15

Rating: 5 out of 5

Julia and I went to see funk allstar Maceo Parker, as a part of the “Celebrate Brooklyn!” free concert series at Prospect Park. Maceo’s resume includes lead sax with the likes of James Brown and George Clinton, as well as extensive collaborations with Bootsy Collins. In short, it’s not much of an exaggeration when the program states “Maceo = Funk”.

I was first introduced to Maceo’s solo career on the 1992 album, “Life on Planet Groove”, which Julia gave to me about 18 months ago. Since then, I’ve tried to keep an eye on his website, looking for dates when he’ll be playing New York shows. When I saw that he would be opening the Celebrate Brooklyn series, I pretty much knew I had to go.

Without a doubt, this was the funkiest, most amazing concert I’ve ever been to. The band ripped through a series of numbers from Maceo’s latest release, “School’s In”, and were nothing short of astounding. The band was impeccably tight, together, and, well, funky. Maceo himself brought his trademark gritty, upbeat sax playing, which is a joy to hear live. The recordings simply do not do the man justice.

As the final number wound down, I thought the concert couldn’t get any better. Of course, I was wrong. As an encore, Maceo comes out, and brings Prince (yes, THAT Prince!) out with him. Unbeatable.

Should you ever find yourself in the same town as Maceo, go see him.