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Collins to funk up the Pavilion in September


Nick Braun

Whatzup Features Writer

Published June 13, 2019

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Pioneer funk and soul star Bootsy Collins will be coming to the Sweetwater Performance Pavilion to funk things up on Saturday, Sept. 14. One thing for certain, there will be plenty of dancing that night to Bootsy’s greatest hits and current songs that crowned him as one of the founding fathers of funk.

Bootsy will lead the audience as the emcee of the evening, bringing the party to the people and welcoming opening sets by GAPX The Band and The Sweetwater All-Stars.

Tickets for Bootsy’s House Party are on sale now and can be purchased at sweetwaterpavilion.com or in person at the Sweetwater campus.

Daughter of Mr. T in comedy

The Fort Wayne Comedy Club at 2104 S. Calhoun St. has been your source for up close and personal experiences with some of the nation’s most renowned comics in radio, television, and movies. On Saturday, June 15, the 84-seat venue will celebrate its 104th consecutive Saturday night of stand-up comedy. That’s two full years of supplying the Fort with laughter.

That evening, the Club will be bringing to town headliner Erica Nicole Clark, daughter of ’80s icon Mr. T. Clark has been making a name for herself in stand-up comedy the last few years performing at colleges and clubs all over the country. She has performed on Comedy Central and has opened for Deon Cole, Marlon Wayans, and Dave Chappelle. Clark will be joined that evening by comedian Jim Barnes for two shows, 7:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Tickets for this event can be purchased at fortwaynecomedyclub.com.

Post Punk album gets second life

When it comes to new projects, the fine folks of Neat Neat Neat Records always have the wheels turning. One in particular is the reissuing of Amok Koma, the 1980 debut album by the German post punk band Abwarts.

Thanks to Neat Neat Neat, this will be the first time the album is released in the states. There will be 250 copies available in clear smoke vinyl and 750 on black vinyl. This will also include a faithful reproduction of the original 16-page booklet that came with the original German pressing, along with an additional page that will have translated lyrics. The album will be distributed in the U.S. by Think Indie starting July 19.

Record and CD show

Speaking of albums, the free Fort Wayne Record & CD show returns to the Classic Café (4832 Hillegas Road) on Sunday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be 60 tables of vinyl, CDs, video, music memorabilia, and equipment.

Celebrating five years together

On Saturday, June 22, The Illegals be at O’Sullivans doing what they do best, throwing down an energetic, diversified rock set. Even better: This will be their five-year anniversary since they debuted at O’s. The anniversary show will feature a number of fan favs. As a special bonus, former drummer Ben Walker will be pounding the skins for one night only.

Stick around for the stick arounds

Our friends at Wooden Nickel Music have a free in-store performance lined up at their North Anthony location on Wednesday, June 19. Sure, it’s a week night but with a 6 p.m. start, you’ll surely be tucked in before the late news.

Performing will be Lansing, Mich., power pop stalwarts, The Stick Arounds. These cats are highly recommended if you like Big Star, Guided by Voices, The Replacements, and Elvis Costello. It will be an evening of sweet harmonies and hummable tunes. Look up The Stick Arounds on social media.

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