Smart Bets: Maceo Parker

If anyone can make us forget the saxophone overload of the '80s and remind us of the instrument’s soulful best qualities, it's got to be Maceo Parker. The N.C.-born musician and bandleader is renowned for his work with both James Brown and Parliament Funkadelic. He's also played with De La Soul, Prince, Jane's Addiction and Dave Matthews Band — all while releasing 16 or his own albums over 40-plus years. His Soul Classics came out just last month. Parker and his Funk Orchestra make a stop at Pisgah Brewing's outdoor stage on Friday, Oct. 5. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. The Funk Ark opens and plays late-night. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 day of show. Hopster VIP passes are $50. http://pisgahbrewing.com.

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