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Pop Essentials, Sept. 18

Pop Essentials, Sept. 18

Main Event Bootsy Collins The Word: One of the most important names in funk, Bootsy Collins first came to national attention in the early 1970s as a member of James Brown's backing band The J.B.'s. Collins and Brown performed together for about a year, before Collins left to form funk band the House Guests. Throughout his career, Collins has performed with funk legends George Clinton, Funkadelic, and Parliament. Collins' bass playing and rhythm guitar have been sampled frequently, and his sound forms the cornerstone of early hip-hop. Details: 7 p.m. Thursday, at The State Theater, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church, Va. Tickets are $40 and are available at...