Bill Bragin: It’s Funk and It’s Proud

October 04, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Where: The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street
When: Oct. 6, 8:00 p.m.
Price: $40 – $75
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Funk’s defining horn section — Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker — make a rare collaborative appearance in New York this week in celebration of Pee Wee’s 70th birthday. They’re known best for their work with James Brown and helped shape the sound of classics like “Cold Sweat” and “Say it Loud/I’m Black and I’m Proud.” They’ve also played with Parliament Funkadelic, Prince, and Van Morrison. I’ve had the pleasure of presenting Pee Wee and Fred twice at Lincoln Center and I can promise you, calling this evening “a funky good time” is no hype. Expect greasy funk, punchy riffs, and hit after hit.

Bill Bragin is director of Public Programming for Lincoln Center, where he produces the popular Midsummer Night Swing and Lincoln Center Out of Doors festivals as well as programming for the Lincoln Center’s new David Rubenstein Atrium.

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