Classic East Troy, WI venue Alpine Valley Music Theatre just approved a major change, converting one of their massive parking lots into a 25.5-acre campgrounds to accommodate fans at the struggling venue. According to Alpine Valley representatives, ticket sales at Alpine have been lower in recent years, and having the camp sites would be a good way to entice fans to attend multi-night runs at the storied grounds.The new campgrounds would hold roughly 550 camp sites, including 45 RV areas, for up to 3,324 people. While the zoning conversion will mean a decrease in the venue’s capacity by a full 9,000 people, Alpine would still be able to hold over 28,000 people for concerts; more than enough, considering the venue is having a hard time selling tickets and enticing performers as is.“You guys have all seen our attendance numbers drop down, our show counts drop down,” said general manager Brian Rutowski in a report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We’re trying to rebound, change with the times, and bring back a facility that has been a great asset in the area and allow people to come in and enjoy shows more frequently.”The change comes after 18 months of negotiations between the county zoning board, the sheriff’s department and Live Nation. Alpine Valley used to have camping on site, but the report says that local residents were uneasy after some incidents when camping was allowed during past Grateful Dead runs at the venue in the 1980’s. “There were some bad scenes, as far as people parking their car in the middle of the road or camping in people’s backyards,” said Mark Campana, co-president of North American concerts at Live Nation.Only a handful of bands, including Dave Matthews Band, Dead & Company, Zac Brown Band, and Jimmy Buffett, have shows scheduled at Alpine this summer. The addition of camping is sure to bring an exciting new energy to the storied venue!
UPDATE [12/13/18, 2 p.m. EST]: George Clinton & P-Funk have started rolling out the dates for Clinton’s final tour. There has still not been an official date release beyond the initial announcement of the tour, and the designated dates for the announced supporting acts have not been specificed. However, event pages for a number of 2019 shows have begun to appear on Facebook and various ticketing sites, including:January 11th at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, COJanuary 12th at Isleta Resort & Casino in Albuquerque, NMFebruary 22nd at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, MSFebruary 23rd at Gold Strike Casino Resort in Robinsville, MSMarch 9th at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MAApril 4th at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GAIn addition to the newly added continental U.S. dates, George Clinton and company will mount a four-night run at the Blue Note Hawaii (4/11–4/14). They also have a pair of late-April Australian performances on the books.Ahead of their highly awaited 2019 final tour with Clinton, P-Funk will play a string of dates in California this weekend followed by a pair of shows at House of Blues New Orleans (12/27, 12/28) billed as their final New Year’s performances. From there, the band will close out 2018 with shows in Chattanooga, TN (12/29) and Washington, D.C. (12/31).Ticketing information for George Clinton & P-Funk’s confirmed upcoming dates can be found on Clinton’s website.We’ll be sure to keep you updated as the “One Nation Under A Groove” continues to take shape.In April, George Clinton announced that he is going to retire from touring in May 2019. The Parliament/Funkadelic frontman, who turned 77 in July, has now officially announced his final outing, the “One Nation Under A Groove” tour, which will feature a variety of artist lineups to celebrate George Clinton’s final dates at the helm of the Mothership.Capping over 50 years of touring and recording, George Clinton & P-Funk will be joined by Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, and Fishbone, all of whom are taking time out of their own busy touring schedules to hit the road with the Grammy-winning, formerly-rainbow-dreaded funk, hip-hop, and rock & roll pioneer. The specific stops and dates for the tour have yet to be announced.The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recently underwent pacemaker surgery. However, Clinton emphasized that the surgery had no direct influence on his decision regarding stopping touring. As Clinton notes, “It’s always been about the music and the band. That’s the real P-Funk legacy. They’ll still be funkin’ long after I stop.”George Clinton Dubs Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar “The New Generation Of Funk Musicians”In January, Clinton revived his long-dormant funk outfit Parliament for the group’s first album in nearly four decades. Dubbed Medicaid Fraud Dogg, the record was a long-awaited follow up to the band’s 1980 LP, Trombipulation. The record’s titular track is slow-burning funk groove, female background singers, hand-clapping beat and a guest appearance by Geto Boys rapper Scarface, the song is a hodgepodge of sounds that harkens back to Parliament’s heyday while also embracing more modern musical styles. You can listen to the full 2018 Parliament album below:Parliament – “Medicaid Fraud Dogg”Head to George Clinton’s website for more information, and stay tuned for the announcement of the “One Nation Under A Groove” tour dates in the near future.