Bootsy Collins makes return to stage at Bengals v. Ravens game halftime show performance

Article Contributed by Big Feat PR | Published on Sunday, January 15, 2023

Legendary funk musician and Cincinnati hometown icon Bootsy Collins announced the release of his new track “The Ickey Shuffle,” a funky anthem inspired by and featuring fellow legend and former Bengals running back Ickey Woods. The new song also features Bootsy’s son Ouiwey Collins, and the video features special guests the Cincinnati Ben-Gals. “The Ickey Shuffle” is a tribute and unifying statement to encourage sportsmanship, funk and peace.

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TONIGHT Sunday, January 15, Bootsy Collins will make a triumphant return to the stage to perform at the NBC Sunday Night Football halftime show. The Ohio Players, known by their work with Fire & Skin Tight, will take the stage with Bootsy. Bootsy’s performance was originally scheduled for January 2, the night of the fateful Bengals v. Bills game that shocked the world when Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field.
Bootsy, who was present, says of that moment, “We was ready to funk it out with the Bengals Who-Dey Baby and something just wasn’t right, everything just went chaotic. I immediately started watching the monitor in my dressing room and seen that beautiful young man on the ground. Patti my wife immediately looked at me and I said Patti, God is trying to tell us that we all need to be On The One right now and she agreed. Bless that young man.”
Bootsy is releasing a brand new track inspired by Bengals legend Ickey Woods’ iconic shuffle. “The Ickey Shuffle” is a funky anthem, meant to accompany the iconic dance created by Ickey Woods. Bengals fans are invited to check out the track and create their own version of the shuffle. Partial proceeds will go to the Jovante Woods Foundation.

The Funk Not Fight project is in partnership with Bootsy Collins Foundation, Syncr, The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, Apple, Spotify, Tudor Games, with additional partners to be announced. All money raised will go towards initiatives that are in need of financial support, that are dedicated to helping turn the tide of violence and unrest in our communities.
The Funk Not Fight album, set for release in 2023, will feature emerging artists, rappers, poets, singers and instrumentalists who will submit their music to be featured on the album. They will join in the project alongside Bootsy and other established guest artists and supporters including but not limited to Lettuce, Buckethead, Zapp, Fantaazma, Baby Triggy, Syleena Johnson, Tommy Davidson, Hi-Tek, Deanna Brown, G7, Michael Dyson, Steve Lacy and more.

In partnership with Tudor Games, Booty’s anti-violence foundation and mission Funk Not Fight is offering a QR code to receive a discount on Tudor Games products. For more information visit:
Bootsy Collins, his wife Patti, grandson Vincent and musician Babyxsosa, are currently starring in the campaign for the brand new MARNI meets CARHARTT WIP. More information can be found here: