James Brown Tribute Concert

James Brown Tribute Concert
Legendary funk phenomenon William ‘Bootsy’ Collins is hosting a tribute concert in honor of James Brown on Saturday, December 22nd at the Madison Theatre in Covington, Kentucky.

Proceeds from the show will be put toward rebuilding King Records, the Cincinnati-based studio that served as Brown’s home base for early recordings, and also where Collins worked at when he was 15 until he went on to tour the world with Brown by age 17.

Scheduled performers include Chuck D of Public Enemy, guitar virtuoso and former Guns N’ Roses member Buckethead, Brown’s most recent band, The Soul Generals and an appearance by the Godfather of funk’s original backing group, the JB’s.

About the event Collins said, "We didn’t want a rock star hoopla kind of thing. I want to keep the focus on Mr. Brown; I don’t want people to forget what he’s done. To me, he’s like the Martin Luther King Jr. of music.”

Plans are also underway to eventually open a museum in Brown’s honor, with support from the city of Cincinnati. Collins, who left Brown’s band after a bad LSD trip on stage convinced him his bass had turned into a live snake, said he envisions an interactive experience where young people can learn about music and instruments and participate in performances and workshops.

James Brown passed away on Christmas day of last year.

Watch James Brown & Bootsy Collins perform "Sex Machine."