Friday, May 18, 2012

Historic New Arts Renaissance at Artist of Eastbank - Open Studios! May 18 6-10

The Artists of EastBank

will have their

Third Friday Open Studios

in the historic

Bridgeport Art Center,

1200 W 35th street (35th and Racine)

Chicago IL.

Artist's studio will be open in the Lower level 3rd and 4th floors

from 6:00 to 10:00 pm.

Come celebrate the transformation of the East Bank Storage Building into its new identity,

The Bridgeport Art Center, home of the Artists of EastBank.

Fueled by a new spirit of inclusion that has become the signature of Bridgeport's expanding arts renaissance,

our open studios offer art that appeals to a variety of tastes and styles.

What began as The Albert Pick Company in the early 1900s and later Spiegel's Catalog Warehouse has evolved into a place where a close-knit group of multigenerational exchange ideas

about the creative process as well as the more practical matters of an art career.

Open Studios is a chance to meet the artists in their studios,

ask questions and experience the inter-workings of an individual artist or artisan's studio practice.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Make My Funk!...Atomic Dog...George Clinton at the Cubby Bear 5-10-2012

This Funk is some serious Business! That's why we're suited up!
Clinton and FUNKADELIC were just awesome!!
From the beginning...their repertoire swung from big band...ala CAb Calloway gooves into some
double neck guitar Mega-Metal Funk!

Ha da da dee da hada hada da da!!
One Nation under a groove!
Gettin' down just for the funk of it!
Can I get it on my good foot!
Gettin' down just for the funk of it!
Funkateers were doing it!!
A FUNKTASTIC MOMENT: G Clinton invited Tiona and Aki
to come up on stage and play on AtOmiC Dog!
Sir Nose came 2 get us! Uh Oh! Time 2 get the FUNKy!!!
Aki...getting ready to crank up the Funk!
Oh YeaH, We gON dO this! Tionna & Aki get ready to play w CLINTON!! WOooF!WOooF!! ROOFF!
Time 2 tune up for Atomic DOG!!
A Nurse on Roller Skates rocked out!!
A shout out to the sound Man. The sound at Cubby Bear was awesome.
Clean, clear and all in yo FACE!!
Funking up that Moog!! Holding it down, holding it down on the keys!!
Sir Nose.. up close... Hmmmm...
Yeah, this is a story of a famous dog
For the dog that chases it's tail will be dizzy
These are clapping dogs, rhythmic dogs!
Harmonic dogs, house dogs, street dogs!
Dog of the world unite!
Dancin' dogs!
Countin' dogs, funky dogs
Nasty dogs!
Why must I feel like that?
Why must I chase the cat?
Nothin' but the dog in me!
George was Funking so hard... it was crazy!! And the band was throwing down the Mega Funk!
Everybody's got a little light under the sun!!
Ow, We want the funk!
Give up the funk!
Ow, we need the funk..Let us in we'll tear this mother out!
We gotta have that funk!
You've got a real type of thing going down, gettin' down!
There's a whole lot of rhythm going round!
Tear the roof off, we're gonna tear the roof off the mother, sucker!
Tear the roof off the sucker!

You've got a real type of thing going down, gettin' down
There's a whole lot of rhythm going round
Ow, we want the funk
Give up the funk
Ow, we need the funk
We gotta have that funk
La la la la la
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo, owww!
Flash light!
Red light!
Neon light!
Ooh, Stop light!

Most of all he needs the funk!
Help him find the funk!
Funkateers and Musicians, Tony, Tiona, Beauregard, Aki, Lothario, Cat Daddy
One Nation under a groove,
Gettin' down just for the funk of it!
Can I get it on my good foot
Gettin' down just for the funk of it!

One nation and we're on the move
Nothin' can stop us now
Aye aye aye aye aye!
Feet don't fail me now....
Give you more of what you're funkin' for
Feet don't fail me now!

G Clinton, G Shider, W Morrison
All songs c 1978 Malbiz Music, Inc
All song lyrics are reprinted as part of George Clinton's musical works.
All rights reserved.
All photos and video created by Aki Antonia c 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Funking Out with George Clinton...and P-Funk! at the Cubby Bear 2012

Welcome 2 our World!

We Gon Turn this Mutha Out!!

BRaZil and FUNKTUSI, Aki Antonia thowing some P-Funk signs....

N2 the FUNK Zone.....
I should have known it was gon' be Cray when we started down Lake Shore Drive
with some serious Funkateers at the wheel... screaming & singing

Make My Funk the P-Funk!

I wants my Funk Uncut..

Make My Funk the P-Funk!

I wants 2 get Funked UP!!

I want the bomb!

I want the P-Funk!

I wants my Funk Uncut

Make My Funk the P-Funk!

I wants 2 get Funked UP!!

Some of my Cosmic musical buddies...
Flautist, Tiona.. and her hubby, Drummer, Tony Robinson
had invited me and a few other musicians 2 tribe up...
and go see G Clinton and P-Funk at The Cubby Bear
Honestly on a week night... I had mixed emotions...
Usually I hit the Bootsy, Clinton or P-Funk concerts when my fav FUnKATEeR
and FUNKADELIC artist, Pedro Bell can be at the spot..
I had 2 many other serious things 2 do so I was thinking about stayin' in....
I know what you're thinking...
A chance 2 see Funkadelic and George Clinton up close and...
Right there in your face with the sho nuff...FUNK !!??
What chu talking 'bout, Willis?
A Week night can be a Freak night...
Is U Crazy? Girl, U better GO!!

The Pre-game set...

We get N2 the Cubby Bear before the show in time 2 watch that Bulls game,

kick back and talk with a few band members,

share tech and video in the reception area and

see George Clinton

in Chi-town
in a suit
with new look....with a new vibe
a new professional crisp energy...
Every thangs was everythang... Folks were chillaxing....
in fact, it was so cooled out...
There was nobody in multicolored hair..
So very laid back...
Clinton was in a suit... and tie... and a nice Black hat...
kinda funky... kinda Wall St...
I almost expected him 2 have a slight Funky British tone when he spoke....
And then
What had happened was...
I was running my mouth... watching the game...
I got up to charge my phone and tripped over the chord when I saw him..
This 6 foot tall+ something brother that literally blew me away
with his mimed out makeup and stagewear
BRAZIL was sitting watching the game and when he stood up...
I knew that Funkadelic was in the building...
SIR NOSE dips in...
Brazil and Chi-town Bassist, Lothario ... say Make My Funk...the P-FUNK!
George Clinton... had Nu energy and soooo much FUNK in this concert!!
George Clinton, Tiona and Aki Antonia talk about the music
and the FUNK they plan 2 play onstage!
Clinton says y'all hit on ATOMIC DOG! And we did! YEA!!
Flautist, Tiona shares a smile with George Clinton.
Unveiling The Mysteries of the BOP Gun!......
The Funky GRAIL!!
Chi-town P-Funkateers and Musicians at Cubby Bear!
As Stozo would say: Stay Tooned.. there's more 2 come!
All photos by Aki Antonia c2012
All rights Reserved.