This past weekend was bittersweet.
Thursday night I told my father that I was heading to New York to play a big show for Afropunk. I asked him to wait for me. I asked him to promise me that he would wait, and he did. While at AFROPUNK, I held the spirit of my father with me and I was embraced by so much love. SO much love, you all don’t even know HOW much life you all gave me.
When Norwood (bassist from Fishbone) asked me to join the band for the epic SuperJam witFishbone/Living Colour/BadBrains and eventually George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, I jumped without hesitation. Fishbone and Living Colour are HUGE influences in who I am and why I am, so to be onstage with my idols was beyond what words can convey. I had no clue that George Clinton was joining, but when he did, it was full circle because aside from a shitload of jazz, blues and rock & roll, my father loved Funkadelic and had relationships with the late Gary Shider & Bernie Worrell.
This was a dream, a realization, a remembrance, an affirmation and so much more. Thank you Norwood Fisher, Angelo Moore, Corey Glover and Living Colour, Bad Brains, Kam Franklin (The Suffers), George Clinton and everyone/thing else involved to make this moment what it was.
My father, Howard Berkley Matthews, passed peacefully in his sleep on August 31, 2016.