Bootsy Collins gets funky for a cause

lshirley@macon.comNovember 1, 2013 

Bootsy Collins started playing guitar at age 9, and after a career that included playing with James Brown, Parliament Funkadelic and many others, Collins is ready to help other kids have the same opportunities he did.

As part of his “I Give a Funk” tour, stopping at the Cox Capitol Theatre on Saturday, concert-goers are asked to bring new or used musical instruments, which will be collected and donated to a local school.

“We collected 100 in Brazil last year and 50 in Cleveland three months ago. It’s been amazing to see people’s response,” said Peppermint Patty, Collins’ wife and the president of the relatively new Bootsy Collins Foundation.

“We want people to know when they hear we are coming that kids are the starting point,” Collins said. “A lot of schools have cut music programs or don’t allow kids to take the instruments home to practice anymore. I feel it’s my responsibility to change that.”

And while helping kids is serious, Collins’ goal is still to entertain and have fun.

“The show is kind of new and fresh for us; we have some old and some new band members. I love to feel the people and their presence and let them feel us, and let them know the fun is still available through the funk,” Collins said.

Jubee and the Morning After will open the show.

Bootsy Collins

When: 8 p.m. Nov. 2

Where: Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St.

Cost: $34.50 advance, $38.50 day of show

Information: 478-257-6391; www.coxcapitoltheatre.com

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