One of the pioneers of funk — George Clinton, who was raised in Newark — will return to the city on July 16 for a concert with his Parliament-Funkadelic Band at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, as part of its 17th annual free, outdoor, Thursday night Sounds of the City series.
Another funky good time is guaranteed on July 30, when The Family Stone (featuring original saxophonist Jerry Martini and trumpeter Cynthia Robinson but not, alas, mercurial frontman Sly Stone) performs at Sounds of the City.
It’s a notably star-studded year for the series, with other offerings including an old-school rap show featuring Slick Rick, Kurtis Blow and others on Aug. 13, and salsa singer José Alberto “El Canario” on Aug. 20.
Here is the complete lineup. All shows take place from 5 to 9 p.m.; for information, visit njpac.org.
July 9: Rhythm Revue Dance Party with Felix Hernandez.
July 16: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Spinna.
July 23: Eric Roberson, Angela Johnson.
July 30: The Family Stone, Milo Z.
Aug. 6: Motor City Revue, Valarie Adams and the Dimension Band.
Aug. 13: The Golden Era: Slick Rick, Kurtis Blow, Soul Sonic Force, T La Rock, Rob Base, Fearless Four and Sticky and the Hoods, with Freak Unique Dance Crew and DJ Kaos.
Aug. 20: José Alberto “El Canario,” Michael Tate & 3D Ritmo de Vida.
Aug. 27: Alice Smith, Steve Lovell & Friends.