Westside Summerfest 2015!
Save the date! Your favorite way to spend a summer night is back! Westside Summerfest will be returning to Ellison Dr. on Saturday, August 22, 2015.
Admission and Transportation
Summerfests are free to the public to attend. Pets are welcome on leashes. Personal weighted canopies are welcome. This is a rain or shine event.
RIDE YOUR BIKE and take advantage of the free bike valet provided by Esperanza Bike Shop. More information about parking will come soon.
National Headliner: GEORGE CLINTON AND PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC
Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled black music during the ’70s, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums.
In reviewing Clinton’s illustrious career and success as a producer / writer/ performer, perhaps his greatest achievement stemmed from his relentless dedication to funk as a musical form. Funk as a musical style had been around for what seems like forever, deeply rooted in the music traditions of New Orleans and the Blues of the Deep South. Following the lead – and commercial success – of James Brown and Sly Stone, Clinton took Funk to new heights, blending elements of Jazz, Rock, Pop, Classical and even Gospel into his productions, eventually developing a unique and easily identifiable style affectionately called “Pfunk.” Clinton’s inspiration, dedication and determination resulted in the elevation of “funk” music to complete recognition and acceptance as a true genre in and of itself.
Clinton has received a Grammy, a Dove (gospel) , and an MTV music video awards, and has been recognized by BMI, the NAACP Image Awards, and Motown Alumni Association for lifetime achievement. Clinton’s Partliament/Funkadelic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
All interested vendors are encouraged to submit an application. Applications will be accepted until July 10, 2015. The application for food can be found here. The application to be a market vendor can be found here.
Stay tuned for more information coming in 2015!