George Clinton presides over tonight’s funky gathering like a wise, freaky éminence grise. His own personal musical history encompasses the late-’50s doo-wop romanticism of Parliament and the full-blown psychedelic expansiveness of Funkadelic. The New Jersey native took the iconic funk inspirations of James Brown and the pop-minded diversity of Sly & the Family Stone, then blew it all up and launched the rearranged pieces into outer space for a new brand of funk that was rhythmically insidious and tight but also infused with a free-flowing and lyrically surreal vision. Clinton’s adaptations of Brown’s fundamental influence have in turn inspired countless latter-day funk, rock and hip-hop musicians, leading to collaborations with Tupac Shakur, Lil’ Kim, Primal Scream, Mark Ronson and Wu-Tang Clan. Dâm-Funk’s Damon G. Riddick gets the party started with a DJ set.