Top 5 Reasons To Attend Funk Legend Bootsy Collins’ July 12 Berkeley Appearances @ Amoeba Music & Hi Fidelity #WorldWideFunk

Posted by Billyjam, July 11, 2018 04:00pm | Post a Comment
Bootsy Collins World Wide Funk (avail as 2LP'/vinyl set) (2017)

True followers of the Mothership and dedicated diehard funk fans of "the One" are already in the know. They've got plans set to be a part of the two exclusive East Bay Bootsy Collins events tomorrow evening (Thursday July 12th) at 6pm and 730pm. That's when the space bass playing legend, associated with James Brown and Funkadelic in addition to his own influential solo career, will be at Amoeba Berkeley for a 6pm album signing session of his latest album World Wide Funk (avail as 2LP'/vinyl set).
Immediately afterwards (7:30pm) and right next door at Amoeba's new Berkeley dispensary Hi Fidelity they plan to attend the limited space invitation meet-and-greet and photo-opportunity with the living funk legend Bootsy Collins. There they'll also have an opportunity to acquired a “BOOTSY MUNCHIES GIFT BAG.” Meanwhile for those in the Bay Area who may have still not made plans to attend this funk-themed Bootsy Collins event, here are five reasons to do so. 

Reason #1: A chance to not only get Bootsy to sign your newly purchased copy of the artist's star-studded latest album World Wide Funk (on either CD or 2LP vinyl set), but also receive an exclusive collectable for free: the commemorative BOOTSY IN BERKELEY poster created just for this event. Among the many collaborators on the anticipated late 2017 released World Wide Funk (recorded over six years of studio sessions) are Stanley Clarke, Buckethead, and the late great Bernie Worrell who passed away two years ago in June 2016.

Bootsy Collins
Ahh...The Name Is Bootsy Baby (1977) 

Reason #2 A rare opportunity to meet  up close and personal this modern American music living legend whose sound has influenced hip-hop as much as it has funk and soul. This cultural icon and member of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame came to fame in the early 1970's with James Brown before joining (and influencing) George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic, and then carving out his own landmark solo career. As I have written before about fellow funk god, 76 year old George Clinton, one should never take for granted any chance to see in concert or at an album-signing session American living legends like these funk greats.

If you missed Bootsy's July 10th Yoshi's Oakland show last night (D'Wayne WIggins was there) or if you miss the artirt's two Berkeley events tomorrow, who knows if or when you may have another occasion to do so. The 66 year-old musician's next listed concert will not be on the West Coast but back in his native Cincinnati Ohio on July 28th. Note that to get an album signed and to receive a complimentary commemorative poster you must purchase your copy of World Wide Funk (on either CD or the 2LP set) at Amoeba Berkeley July 12th. That also entitles you for opportunity to be among the lucky invitees next door to the Hi Fidelity after-party with Bootsy. (scroll down to Reason #4)

Bootsy Collins Bootsy? Player of the Year (1978)


Reason #3 A rare opportunity to get a photo taken with the funklord who is responsible for such oft-quoted lyrics and phrases as "Ahh...The Name Is Bootsy Baby" and such self-proclamations of being “The P-Master of the Universe. Spreadin' Hope like Dope!” (also his Twitter tag) or of being the, “World’s only Rhinestone Rock-Star Doll Baba” (as he famously sang on his classic “Bootzilla” off the 1978 album  Bootsy? Player of the Year). While the 6pm album signing at Amoeba Berkeley states that it is only for the artist signing his new album World Wide Funk that doesn't mean that fans cannot bring along or crate dig at Amoeba for LPs such as Bootsy? Player of the Year   and pose with LP for their photo op with Bootsy at the Hi-Fidelity after-party.

Bootsy's Rubber Band  This Boot Is Made For Fonk-N (1979)

Reason #4 Amoeba signing is only way to gain access to the 7:30pm Hi Fidelity  after party, meet-and-greet and photo-opportunity with Bootsy Collins, where attendees will receive one of the “BOOTSY MUNCHIES GIFT BAG” items for a dollar. To ensure invite to this second event, customers will have to be among the first 50 at Amoeba Berkeley on July 12th to purchase their copy of World Wide Funk on either CD or 2LP set. Additionally it will also allow people a chance to check out the much hyped new Berkeley cannabis dispensary. Note that for entrance to Hi-Fidelity one must be 21 years or over (bring ID) and must register with Hi-Fideltiy to legally attend. Do so earlier if at all possible. 21+ is general age limit but it is 18+ for those with a medical marijuana license (must bring with you).

Bootsy Collins The Official Boot-Legged-boots (2009)

Reason #5 It's an historic, no admission, fun free event that, with purchase of CD or LP,  will get you a free collectable poster plus a rare chance to meet a living legend and later a photo opportunity with the man. It also provides a chance to many to do something they have not done in a while; get away from their damn computers when getting new music and go to an actual record store where the tactile and human interaction experience is 100 times better. At Amoeba one can dig in the crates for other funk albums including the many featuring Bootsy Collins. Tip: if you buy the recommended  vinyl  2LP version of World Wide Funk to get signed by Bootsy, treat yourself by also picking up at Amoeba one of those nice 12” LP frames that they sell so as to properly preserve and present your prized signed Bootsy LP.


July 12 2018: Amoeba Berkeley @ 6:00pm + Hi-Fidelity (next door to Amoeba) @ 7:30pm
Bootsy Collins signing/photo-op MORE INFO 

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