Freakfest to feature D.R.A.M., George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Organizers of Freakfest, Madison’s annual Halloween party on State Street, announced the festival’s musical headliners Monday.
Freakfest, which will take place Oct. 28, will feature D.R.A.M., George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Kweku Collins, Clyde Stubblefield All-Stars, and DJay Mando on the main Capitol Square stage.
On the Gilman Street stage will be Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave., MUTE-MATH,The Main Squeeze, Mama Digdown’s Brass Band, and Birds Eye.
On the Frances Street stage, the lineup will be Twelves, Greenhaus, The Begowatts, Nester, and Mr. Martin & The Sensitive Guys.
Gates open at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the Coliseum box office, by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at www.madfreakfest.com. Tickets also are available at several State Street businesses. Day-of-show tickets are $15.
Born Shelley Marshaun Massenburg-Smith, D.R.A.M.’s acronym stands for “Does Real A-- Music.”
The Virginia-based rapper and singer found fame last year with the hit single “Broccoli,” a duet featuring the rapper Lil Yachty.
The song made it to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and got more than half a billion streams on YouTube and Spotify combined.
D.R.A.M. was described by the website Noisey as sounding “like George Clinton taking a trip into the future and trading in acid for molly (MDMA).”
Freakfest audiences will easily be able to test that comparison as the King of Funk himself will open for D.R.A.M. Early this summer, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer performed with a 17-piece band, P-Funk, at the World’s Largest Brat Fest, which took place Memorial Day weekend at the Alliant Energy Center. Clinton, 76, gained fame with his ’70s funk band Parliament.
This year will mark the 12th Freakfest, which has been held on the Saturday nearest to Halloween since 2006.
The move toward a ticketed music festival in addition to the longtime costumed party that fills the street was designed to reduce the damage from rowdy partiers who, in previous years, caused riots that led to broken windows and police with tear gas.
By gating and ticketing the event, crowds shrunk to a more manageable number, and have averaged about 35,500 attendees per year.