Spinning Gold is a new movie about Casablanca Records chief Neil Bogart, and it will feature Wiz Khalifa portraying funk legend George Clinton, Deadline reports. Casablanca released the majority of Parliament’s albums in the 1970s. The movie’s soundtrack will reportedly feature new covers of classic songs from artists portrayed in the film, so it’s safe to assume that we’ll see Wiz Khalifa perform Parliament hits like “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker).”
The film will also feature Tayla Parx as Donna Summer, Ledisi as Gladys Knight, and Jason Derulo as Ronald Isley. The movie stars Jeremy Jordan as Bogart; Justin Timberlake was previously attached to play that role. Production on the movie is underway.
George Clinton will be playing some shows this summer, performing during NYC’s SummerStage Series and at the Blue Note Jazz Festival. Set to run through September 21, SummerStage will feature more than 30 events including concerts from Machine Gun Kelly, Clinton, Patti Smith, Erica Campbell and more. Fans can request tickets to SummerStage shows, some free and some paid benefit performances, starting Monday, June 7 on the official City Parks Foundation website.
The Blue Note Jazz Festival is working in conjunction with the SummerStage series. The festival’s all-star line-up features SummerStage in Central Park concerts from Chris Botti, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic and Galactic with special guests MonoNeon, as well as Blue Note Jazz Club concerts from Robert Glasper, Jacob Collier, Brasstracks, Ron Carter, Talib Kweli, Eddie Palmieri, John Scofield, Digable Planets, Keyon Harrold, Ms. Lisa Fischer, Ravi Coltrane, Michel Camilo, Al Di Meola, Eric Krasno, Ghost-Note, and more. Set times for Blue Note Jazz Club concerts will remain at 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
“Reopening the Blue Note and re-establishing the Festival in 2021 is a significant and important step toward restoring the vibrant music community of New York City,” says Steven Bensusan, President Blue Note Entertainment Group. “The reopening will also allow us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Festival this year as well as the 40th anniversary of the Blue Note New York.”