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Published: Friday, 4/2/2004

Headliners hosts funk music icon George Clinton

One of the godfathers of funk is returning to Toledo.

George Clinton, known for such hits as "Atomic Dog," "Aqua Boogie," "One Nation Under a Groove," and "Flash Light" performs with his Parliament-Funkadelic tomorrow night at Headliners.

Clinton, in his early 60s, has inspired contemporary rock musicians along with rap and hip-hop artists with his blend of R&B laced with sound effects, psychedelic guitar distortion, and booming bass lines.

For the Toledo performance, Clinton and his band will be joined by his granddaughter, Sativa, a rapper.

Clinton has a special connection to Toledo: In September, 1990, he and his fiancee, Stephanie Lynn, drove here from one of their homes in Brooklyn, Mich., to be married in a $15 ceremony at the Lucas County Courthouse. The couple are still married.

George Clinton and his Parliament-Funkadelic perform at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Headliners, 4500 North Detroit Ave. Tickets are $22.50 in advance from Ticketmaster outlets and $25 at the door. Information: 419-269-4500 or www.georgeclinton.com.

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