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Funk King Maceo Parker to Ignite the MACC

January 5, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Get ready for Hurricane Maceo--a musical force with the blowing power to fan a small club into an inferno. On Saturday, Jan. 14, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) welcomes the king of funk, Maceo Parker, to the Yokouchi Pavilion Courtyard for a moonlit concert with his band.

Who can separate which came first: Maceo or the funk? The amazing Parker has been at it with his legendary alto sax for decades dating back to the 1960s. That's when Maceo and his drummer brother Melvin climbed on board the James Brown funky soul train. To most musicologists, it's the musically fertile group of men from this period of James Brown's band who are recognized as the early pioneers of today's modern funk and hip-hop.

Parker has played with every leader of funk, starting with James Brown, jumping aboard the mothership with George Clinton, and stretching out with Bootsy Collins' Rubber Band. He basically connects the history of funk music with one golden thread.

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Maceo Parker, the king of funk, will perform at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Saturday, Jan. 14.

For the past 20 years, Maceo has been building a new funk empire with his solo career that is stylistically diverse. His collaborations over the years have included Ray Charles, James Taylor, De La Soul, the Dave Matthews Band and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Maceo's timeless sound has garnered him a fresh, young fan base. He recently joined superstar Prince on his cross-country tour of Canada, where he introduced Parker as "the baddest man in show business." Don't miss this powerhouse of music next Saturday in MACC's Moonlight Series.

Tickets are available for $35 in advance and $40 on show day (plus applicable fees) with open seating. The performance is for adults 21 years and over, only.

Call the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW (7469) or order online at



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