Funk was in the house on Saturday night at the Toronto Jazz Festival. The bass legend that is Bootsy Collins made a long awaited concert stop in the city. Bootsy rose to prominence with James Brown in the sixties, and then Parliament-Funkadelic in the seventies. Bootsy’s work is credited with being a driving influential force in the whole G-Funk era behind Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. So it was time to grab the camera and Let Me Ride. (all photos Richard Budman.)
[singlepic id=755]A few different looks for Bootsy during the evening.
[singlepic id=750]Bootsy had a tight backing band on the evening.
[singlepic id=758]Also a Parliament-Funkadelic original, it was great to see that Bootsy had Bernie Worrell on his 2011 tour. Worrell’s synthesizer and keyboards backed many of the Parliament albums in the seventies.
[singlepic id=757]When Bootsy decided to venture into the audience and greet almost EVERY SINGLE MEMBER with a hug or handshake – it made it a special concert for me. Very happy to have had on camera the 35mm f1:8 Nikon prime lenses at the time – great for low light.