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The Most Funked-Up Acts Coming to Stern Grove This Year

Get down. And then get on up.

 The O'Jays play Stern Grove on August 7.


Stern Grove Music Festival is real funky this year, with a heavy dose of R&B, rap, and soul artists. Here, the most funked-up acts on the docket.

Janelle Monáe
File Stern Grove’s season opener under “New Age funk”: Monáe will likely demonstrate a few dancerly acrobatics onstage when she performs her latest song, “Yoga,” a hypnotic blend of club beats and soul harmonies made for vinyasa classes and forested amphitheaters alike. June 19 

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Though a dreadlock-free look may have brought the P-Funk overlord into the modern day—along with a recent collab with Kendrick Lamar—we’re still expecting a groovy sing-along that includes hits “Give Up the Funk” and “Mothership Connection,” famously sampled in Dr. Dre’s “Let Me Ride.” June 26 

 June 26: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic.


Oakland’s rap collective doesn’t do funk per se, but sampling groovy beats from the P-Funk era counts in our book. While Hiero shows are usually about the music, they’ll be joined onstage by the hip-hop dance crew Golden State Breakers and Oakland street dancers Mix’d Ingrdnts. July 3

The O’Jays
Philadelphia’s soul trio has been going strong with its soul anthems—“Love Train,” anyone?—for nearly 60 years. The matching suits are still a sight to behold, and the doowop harmonies are every bit as sweet. Aug. 7

Atomic Bomb!
Modern musicians play the music of Nigerian funk legend William Onyeabor for an explosive pet project from Luaka Bop, which recruited the Beastie Boys’ Money Mark and singer Jamie Lidell for the eclectic party. Aug. 14 

Stern Grove Music Festival runs from June 19 to August 21.


Originally published in the June issue of San Francisco

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