LIVESTREAM CONCERT PREMIERE:
SAT, JANUARY 30 @ 9:00PM ET
BOOTSY COLLINS & THE FUNK UNITY BAND
2014 JAM CRUISE 12
TICKETS via STAGIT
“Do you remember the time when you first crossed my mind / and I kissed your lips, and I ate you like a chocolate chip?” Watch the video Bootsy Collin’s latest single—and his first Spanish / bilingual song— “Lips Turn Blue.” Bootsy is joined by Cincinnati soul singer and the song’s co-writer, Emmaline. Official “Lips Turn Blue” merch is available here, baba.
On Saturday, January 30 @ 9pm ET, Bootsy will be premiering his 2014 Jam Cruise 12 concert, featuring the Funk Utility Band. Tickets for the 90-minute show are available here. “We stayed on the Jam cruise for about a week,” says Bootsy. “It was a party from the time we boarded, until we landed back home. Now that was hot, watching the mermaids swimming while we were funkin’ it up on stage.”
The Power of the One is available now on all streaming services, with vinyl on the way. “Music is always a soother, a healer, and that’s how I want to use this record,” adds Bootsy. Listen to The Power of the One here (Bootzilla Records / Sweetwater / E-One).
True essence of the funk is the Power of the One, and it all began when James Brown and his musicians dominated the first count of each measure. For Bootsy, “the One” is also a philosophy: “The Power of the One is what pulls us through,” he says. “Everyone has “The One” inside of them. You never know who is using you for guidance, so always be pure and never fake the funk. Everybody’s got a light. Everybody needs to shine.”
Bootsy has programmed a free 24-7 station, Bootsy Radio, featuring interviews, unreleased grooves from the Bootzilla archives, and whatever else the Funkship delivers. Glory be, the funk’s on me.