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George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at The Ogden Theatre show preview 

click to enlarge George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic , with Miss Velvet & The Blue Wolf, Sunday, March 11, 9 p.m., ogdentheatre.com
  • George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic , with Miss Velvet & The Blue Wolf, Sunday, March 11, 9 p.m., ogdentheatre.com
It’s easy to take our musical heroes for granted, especially when they show no sign of stopping: Bob Dylan has toured relentlessly for decades, to the point where he’s seemed virtually homeless, and is about to go out on another tour that will hit 23 cities in one month. The once-reclusive Brian Wilson returned to the road years ago, and has been making up for lost time with flawless renditions of Pet Sounds, Smile and other classic works. Famed James Brown sideman Maceo Parker has been keeping the funk alive long after the hardest working man in show business retired his cape.

All of which brings us to Maceo’s other ex-boss, George Clinton, the larger-than-life funk genius who revolutionized music as the leader of Parliament, Funkadelic, and their innumerable permutations. The polyester-dreadlocked road warrior reliably rolls through Denver on a more-or-less annual basis. “We tour 200 days out of the year,” he told an NPR interviewer last year. “We live on the road.”

Parliament-Funkadelic’s current “Mardi Gras Tour” — which comes exactly 50 years after Funkadelic signed its first deal with hometown Detroit label Westbound Records — promises at least a dozen musicians onstage chanting “shit, goddamn, get off your ass and jam” and performing epic renditions of “Flashlight,” “Atomic Dog,” “Not Just Knee Deep” and, of course, “One Nation Under a Groove.”

In a Feb. 22 interview with Rolling Stone, the funk legend was asked what he wants people to say about him when he’s gone. “He made me sick,” Clinton replied with typically cryptic wit, “but he gave me the antidote.” Get it while you can.

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