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Maceo Parker and George Clinton, two North Carolina natives whose names have become synonymous with funk will open the Carolina Performing Arts 2013-14 season on September 27 at 8 p.m.

It’s hard to tell which came first, Parker or the funk. Maceo got his start with James Brown, and for over 20 years he has been building a new funk empire, fresh and stylistically diverse. In his blistering solo career, he navigates deftly between Brown’s 1960s soul and George Clinton’s 1970s freaky funk, while also exploring mellow jazz and hip-hop.

Clinton is one of the foremost innovators of funk music. The mastermind behind Parliament Funkadelic (P-Funk), Clinton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 with 15 other band members. P-Funk has captured 40 top R&B singles, including “One Nation Under a Groove” and “Aqua Boogie,” and their music has been sampled on albums by OutKast, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and many others.

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Published September 9, 2013.