Bootsy Collins celebrated his 62nd Birthday recently with a late night BASH down in the Big Easy at the House of Blues New Orleans, a Decatur Street venue located right in the heart of the French Quarter. NOLA’s DJ Soul Sister opened up the night layin’ down rare soul and funk vinyl grooves before the main attraction arrived.
As expected the band and man-of-the-hour made a grand entrance, as Collins’ full band hit the stage dressed head-to-toe in space suits, each removing their faux-glass dome headpieces simultaneously before breaking into the night’s first track. Starting just minutes before midnight, the packed-out Bootsy Collins’ crowd reveled in the bass-centric space-funk until around 2 am. Bootsy, as you likely know, is quite a showman and one-of-a-kind character. But don’t let the flash of his heavily-sequined costumes detract from the fact that he still is one of the world’s greatest funk bass players and this was once again proved on this Friday night in NOLA.
Photographer Marc Pagani was in the house to capture the set and his photos provide a visual soundtrack to one grandiose party. Check out the gallery below.