George Clinton & P-Funk
February 15, 8 p.m., $50
Malibu Inn, 22969 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, 310.456.6060
For those who like to funk, you’re in luck as the master of the genre is back in Malibu for one night only. Through his work with Parliament and Funkadelic in the 1970s and his current, long-running outfit P-Funk, George Clinton has created the sci-fi grooves that resonate with three generations of dance music fans. And while Clinton has continued to create new jams over the decades, one must hope that he and P-Funk will bust out some of the oft-sampled classics like “Atomic Dog” and “Give Up the Funk.”
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars
February 16, 8 p.m., $22-36
Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood, 310.825.2101
When rebel forces attacked Freetown, Sierra Leone, thousands fled. Six of these people connected within a West African refugee camp, where they began to play music for the masses. After returning to Freetown and reconnecting with musician friends who had stayed in the city, the band gained more members and recorded its first album as Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars. Having toured the world on several occasions, the band combines West African music with reggae and folk for a sound that is as intriguing as the band’s story.