Pepperminte Patti reads a story at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital – March 2018
Ouiwey & Bootsy Funked Up West Union High School’s Fight Song. There was a CD cover contest! Look who won⭐️ – March 2018
Aspiring IU musicians get lessons in ‘Funkology’ from Bootsy Collins – March 2018
When funk music pioneer William “Bootsy” Collins strolled into the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center this week, he was greeted by a roomful of Indiana University Bloomington students excitedly bonding over one of his songs playing overhead.
The question-and-answer session happened before Collins’ “Funkology” lecture Tuesday at IU Cinema alongside Scot Brown, professor of history and African American studies at UCLA. The event opened with the IU Soul Revue performing hits associated with Collins’ own collection as well as his work with funk legends James Brown and George Clinton.
“Being around youngsters just gives me so much energy, man,” he said.
Throughout the night, Collins passed on words of encouragement to the IU students who’d come to see him. He told them to take advantage of the opportunities IU offers while they’re here.
“Until you get out of IU, you don’t realize how blessed you are to be here,” he said. “Don’t take it for granted.”
Collins’ down-to-earth lecture included his elation at discovering that, years ago, he could actually be paid for his musical work. Today, he is most famous for his work with James Brown in the 1970s, his work with George Clinton’s Parliament, and his bass guitar and vocal performances.
Collins’ easy presence gave sophomore Jada Lucas a sense of the power of being able to hear the funk pioneer speak in person.
“I think the diversity factor of it, having such a prominent black artist come up here, is such a big deal, and it exposes us to parts of the world we’ve never seen before,” she said.
Each student’s question was so informed, it was clear the students had a real desire to learn more about the industry and Bootsy Collins himself.
After his lecture, Collins sat in on an IU Soul Revue rehearsal, where students performed for him and heard his feedback.
Junior Peyton Womock has been a fan of Collins since he was a kid, after listening to the legend’s music with his dad. He even got to perform a saxophone solo during the rehearsal.
“It was a little bit of nerves, but at the same time it was amazing because this was my opportunity to show what I love to do,” Womock said.
Collins wrapped up his night on the Bloomington campus with advice for the hopeful future musicians who stood before him.
“The more you give of yourself, the more you’re going to get back,” he said. “If it’s something you know you want to do, put it all in.”
Collins’ visit to the Bloomington campus was presented by the Archives of African American Music and Culture with sponsorship from the Office of the Provost; the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs; the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center; the African American Arts Institute; the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies; and IU Cinema.
Together We Can/Bootsy Collins Foundation Campaign in New Richmond, Ohio-Flood Clean Up. Thank you to all of our volunteers who participated in the New Richmond clean up! Together We Can!! – March 2018
Get your Conversation on with Bootsy⭐️ / DJ Lance & Pepperminte Patti in LA⭐️ – March 2018
Cabin Fever Music and Arts Festival-February 2018
The first annual Cabin Fever Music and Arts Festival was held in Ludlow, KY on February 24, 2018. This event allowed listeners to experience an eclectic urban community and its unique and artistic offerings!Folk School Coffee Parlor, Matt Ogden Productions, and the Bootsy Collins Foundation teamed up to create the Cabin Fever Music Festival. This one evening event featured music at 6 venues to provide an evening of alternative music stylings ranging from folk to punk, with everything in between while highlighting local artist.
The Jerry Springer Podcast and Guardian Savings Bank graciously sponsored this music and arts extravaganza to not only highlight the community but to allow proceeds from the event to support the Bootsy Collins Foundation’s Say It Loud—Instruments 4 Every Child and Pepperminte Patti’s Grooveminte Girls programming!
Patti Collins, cares about keeping the music alive as she speaks at Ted X Cincinnati!