New York Post
De Blas brings in da funk
Mayor de Blasio on Thursday belted out a lyric from Funkadelic’s “One Nation Under a Groove” in a glassbreaking falsetto, while announcing that the band’s George Clinton, among others, will perform at one of the end-of-summer “homecoming week” concerts.
“When it comes to George Clinton, I can remember feeling, because I heard it a million times as a young person, ‘One Nation Under a Groove,’ ” de Blasio said in The Bronx during his daily press briefing.
“I remind you why that’s so pertinent today. But the line I always remember is, ‘Nothing can stop us now,’ ” he sang in a less than perfect pitch.
The mayor said the line represented New York City bouncing back from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“So that’s it, ‘Nothing can stop us now.’ Isn’t that perfect for the occasion for the recovery, for New York City coming back?” he said.
Clinton is slated to sing in Queens’ Forest Hills Stadium on Aug. 20 at a show beginning at 4 p.m., when he will be joined by Mobb Deep, DJ Hurricane, DJ Wiz and EPMD, who will also appear at the Staten Island event featuring two members of the Wu-Tang Clan.
The Queens concert is part of what the mayor has billed as “homecoming week.” The Bronx show will be on Aug. 16 followed by the Staten Island concert on Aug. 17 and the Brooklyn performance on Aug. 19.
The events will be capped off by a mega-show on Aug. 21 in Central Park.
At Orchard Beach, KRSOne, Slick Rick and Remy Ma will headline the 3 p.m. show, and 15 other artists will also perform, according to the mayor’s office. On Staten Island, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah will perform alongside Kool Keith, HeeSun Lee and other artists at Richmond County Bank Park starting at 4 p.m.
Designer, singer of the 2016 hit “Panda,” and rapper Big Daddy Kane will perform at Brooklyn Army Terminal. That concert, which will also feature Maino and Obasi Jackson, begins at 4 p.m.
The free tickets for all four shows will be released to the public in batches at nyc.gov/homecomingweek starting on Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. They will also be released online on Aug. 3 at 7 a.m., Aug. 4 at 9 p.m., Aug. 5 at 7 a.m., Aug 6. at 10 a.m. and Aug. 7 at 9 p.m., officials said.