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Tuesday October 04, 2016

From The Richmond Times-Dispatch
By: Markus Schmidt

You always knew it was time to get down when James Brown lowered his mic and shouted out his now legendary command, “Maceo, I want you to blow.”
For saxophonist Maceo Parker it was the cue to step up — and boy, did he blow, with his trademark fierce, biting attack on the hard-hitting funk stew boiling behind him.

Parker’s presence on the popular music scene already spans more than a half-century, during which he recorded a host of albums as a leader, but he is mostly known for his historically significant contributions as a sideman for Brown, George Clinton, Ani DiFranco and Prince.

This weekend, he will come to Virginia as one of Saturday’s headliners at the 12th Richmond Folk Festival — a rare opportunity for music lovers to see the 73-year-old instrumentalist for free, said Lisa Sims, interim executive director of Venture Richmond, which produces the event.

“Every year, we look at areas or genres that we want to focus on, and funk was really important to us this year. And Maceo Parker is a really important artist,” Sims said.

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