The Catfish Nation Celebration

Sept. 4 • Madison Theater

Bootsy Collins has assembled a major party to pay tribute to his late older brother (and musical companion) Phelps “Catfish” Collins, one of the most influential guitarists in Funk history, who passed away on Aug. 6. This Saturday at Covington’s Madison Theater, Bootsy hosts “The Catfish Nation Celebration,” featuring appearances by Ray Parker Jr. (“Ghostbusters”), Reggie Calloway, Freekbass, Wilbert Longmire, drummer Steve Jordan (Keith Richards, John Mayer Trio), bassist Brian Hardgroove from Public Enemy’s touring band and many others.

Recorded video tributes from Parliament/Funkadelic’s George Clinton, Dr. Cornel West, Charlie Wilson of The Gap Band and others will also be screened.

The all-ages 8 p.m. show is free to attend; reserved balcony seating is available for a $100 donation to The Catfish Nation Musician’s Fund, which was set up to help musicians’ families with funeral costs. For more on the show and how to donate to the fund, go to

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