Maceo Parker

The Buskirk-Chumley Theater is proud to present Maceo Parker on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Tickets are $40-$50 for this reserved seating show and will be available to BCT donors on Monday, December 5th. Tickets will go on sale to the public at 11am on Friday, December 9th and can be purchased at buskirkchumley.org, at 812-323-3020, or at the BCT Box Office and Downtown Visitors Center at 114 E. Kirkwood Ave.

Maceo Parker: his name is synonymous with funky music, his pedigree: impeccable; his band: the tightest little funk orchestra on earth.

It's fairly common knowledge that Maceo has played with each and every leader of funk. Starting with James Brown, which Maceo describes as "like being at university;" jumping aboard the mothership with George Clinton; and serving as a fixture in Prince's tours. He winds his way through the history of funk as one golden thread.

"Everything's coming up Maceo," concluded DownBeat Magazine in a 1991 article at the beginning of his solo career. At the time, Maceo was remembered by aficionados of funk music as a sideman; appreciated mainly by those in the know. For the last two decades Maceo Parker has been enjoying an amazing solo career, building a new funk empire that is both fresh and stylistically diverse. He navigates deftly between James Brown's 1960's soul and George Clinton's 1970's freaky funk while exploring mellower jazz and the grooves of hip-hop. 

His collaborations over the years have included Ray Charles, Ani Difranco, James Taylor, De La Soul, Dave Matthews Band, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. His timeless sound has garnered him a fresh young fan base.

Maceo received a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation for his contribution as a sideman to the genre of R & B and Les Victoires du Jazz in Paris: a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to music. He was also awarded an Icon Award at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, with an inscription that begins: "Maceo Parker, a music-maker and world-class performer for almost fifty years, distinguishes himself through exceptional musicality and craftsmanship. The inspired and indefatigable saxophonist has made an indelible mark on soul, funk and jazz.  The unique sound of James Brown owes a sizable debt to the talent and inspiration of Maceo Parker, and Brown recognized it openly. Parker's name found its way into Brown's lyrics: "Maceo, blow your horn!" Prince also tips his hat to Parker, referring to him as 'The Teacher.'

Maceo Parker