Bootsy Collins at the Historical Howard Theater

DC Nitelife had the honor of being at the Bootsy Collins show at the historical Howard Theater and it was so awesome that it made you feel like you were still in the 70’s.  It was the perfect place to have a show of this magnitude since Howard Theater has been the home for so many great concerts as this one.  After all these years, Bootsy has not lost a single beat and he showed that he is still able to turn a show out like he did more than 40 years ago.  He entertained for 2 hours straight to a full house which shows that he can still pack a house and keep the FUNK going strong!

William Earl “Bootsy” Collins (born October 26, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States) is an American musician, and singer-songwriter.

Rising to prominence with James Brown in the early 1970s, and later with Parliament-Funkadelic, Collins’s driving bass guitar and humorous vocals established him as one of the leading names in funk. Bootsy is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which inducted him in 1997 along with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.

Collins’ current signature instrument is a custom-built star-shaped bass guitar he calls the “Space Bass”.

If you missed this concert, you truly missed a treat.  This is one show you will appreciate from beginning to end.


By J.V. Jones

Photographs by Darryle Carter