John Mayall
John Mayall

Two living legends, artists whose legacies have pretty much defined the blues and funk genres for the past half century, will take the stage at The Cabot in Beverly on consecutive nights this weekend.

John Mayall, often referred to as "The Godfather of British Blues" (we'll get into why in a moment), headlines Friday night, while George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, who essentially created funk music, will be there Saturday night.

Tickets for Mayall's 8 p.m. show are $48.50 and $28.50, while Clinton's 8 p.m. show the next night has tickets priced at $52.50 and $32.50. They are available at www.thecabot.org.

Let's look at the shows in chronological order in case your weekend plans involve a trip or two to Beverly.

George Clinton
George Clinton

The 83-year-old Mayall is, of course, the founder of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, whose members over the years have included Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce (who would later form Cream); Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood (who went on to form Fleetwood Mac), and Mick Taylor (who later joined the Rolling Stones).

Mayall has also recorded alongside Buddy Guy, Mavis Staples, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Steve Miller and the late Billy Preston. He's the definition of a living legend.

George Clinton is a living legend and also a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, having been inducted in 1997 alongside 15 other members of Parliament-Funkadelic, affectionately referred to as P-Funk.

While Clinton and P-Funk have influenced countless rap artists, including Dr.


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Dre, Tupac Shakur, Ice Cube, Outkast and Wu Tang Clan, their samples have also appeared on albums by Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot, De La Soul, Fishbone and many others.

In 2012, Clinton received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music. During the commencement concert, which I was lucky enough to attend, Clinton joined the college's P-Funk Ensemble to perform hits like "Testify," "Give Up the Funk" and "One Nation Under a Groove."

Though Clinton's role these days is more of a party leader, the music is great, and if you've never seen them live, it's definitely something you should do if you're in the mood for a good time.

And who isn't?