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05/21/04

Parliament-Funkadelic Plays Savannah

Thousands will pack Forsyth Park tonight. George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic are giving a free concert for SCAD's graduation.

It was about noon when the first fans hit the park. "We like to get an early start on things, so we get down here and get a good seat," said fan Logan Herb.

And they came prepared, with fried chicken, chairs and an umbrella.

And according to a George Clinton expert the wait is worth it. "It's going to start out exciting, it's going to get even more exciting and then it's going to get so exciting people won't know what's going on and it will end abruptly," predicted Shaunna Hall.

Hall has been the monitoring engineer on more than 100 shows, and says you never know what to expect. "There's certain characters in songs that might appear on stage and people shout back lyrics to the songs that become like anthemic," she said. "It's a colorful crowd and there's a lot of musicians and people are singing and playing and dancing."

And a big crowd is expected to see this show. People of all ages are expected to attend, which is no surprise. Clinton's been around for a while. "They call him the funkiest great grandad in the world," said Hall.

And any time there is an event of this size in the park, security is beefed up. "Residents can expect to see an increased police presence, because we recognize there could be disturbances or disorders could occur," said Savannah-Chatham police spokesman Sgt. Mike Wilson.

But they say they aren't doing anything out of the ordinary. As long as everyone has a good time, which organizers say it's hard not to do at this concert. "It's largely improvisational, but very organized at the same time, so it's both," said Hall.

The opening act starts a 6pm, Clinton is scheduled to take the stage at 8pm. The concert is free and open to the public.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com

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