Michael "Kidd Funkadelic" Hampton
Michael Hampton is a Funk Rock guitarist, composer and musical director and a Rock 'n Roll Hall of fame inductee with the band George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic in 1997.
He joined the Parliament Funkadelic tour at the Capitol Center in Landover MD 1974 after he was asked by one of the band members to perform at their after party, where he impressed George Clinton by demonstrating his skill as a fresh out of high school guitar prodigy. As the original lead guitarist Eddie Hazel's on and off presence, Hampton's performances became fixture of their concert over the years.
Besides being a main member of P-funk, Hampton has been playing and recording on various projects. In the best acclaimed P-funk spin off band, 420 Funk Mob, Deee Lite along with Bootsy Collins, he went out to world tour (1994), also appears on Bill Laswell's various projects with Bernie Worrel, recorded with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Too $hort's album (1992 & 1996) and worked on his studio project, co-written Digital Underground's single "Wussup Wit the Luv" (2003).
Hampton recorded his 1st complete solo album, Heavy Metal Funkason (1998) which emphasis on his rocker side. It features his heavy fuzzy guitar solo with psychedelic and earthy atmosphere from Funkadelic with straight rock groove.
In 2015, Hampton has parted the Parliament Funkadelic tour band and is working on his new materials includes his own Kidd Funkadelic Band, as well as collaborating with other artist across genres.
Clones of Funk
First conceived by founder Wesley Beann in 1989 as a reunion of fans and musicians who were dedicated to the music of Parliament and Funkadelic.
The reunion went on to become an annual function. In 1990, the following year, George "Dr. Funkenstein" Clinton having heard of the band was invited to witness his clones. Being moved by the talent of the band, George joined in the performance.
This 8 piece funk band comprised of vocalist, a slammin' rhythm section complete with horns has gone on to do major Benefits, such as the WE CARE Fund-Raiser at the Annapolis Eastport Clipper, and the Larry Griffin Project at the Maryland Creative Arts Hall. In addition, the Clones have played various venues including college functions and clubs from New York City to Virginia.