Minneapolis Funk Legends
SAT SEP 14 • 7PM + 9:30PM
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“a perfectly distilled dose of funk and modern soul that lights up your brain like a pinball machine from the first beat”
– Guitarist Magazine
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A redefined, new alternative funk era has arisen out of an established band formerly known as The Family. The Family was a Prince instigated Warner Bros release that received critical acclaim, included a top 10 R&B hit, “Screams Of Passion” and introduced “Nothing Compares 2 U” which was famously covered by Sinead O’Connor.
In 2011 the long wait was over, Family fans met fDeluxe. St. Paul Peterson and Susannah Melvoin put on their writing hats, called Eric Leeds and Jellybean Johnson into the studio and the thrilling result is fDeluxe!
St Paul Peterson
Prince’s Guitar Protégé
TUE SEP 24 • 7PM
“Trading blazing solos with the late Purple One on a nightly basis, she proved her mettle, and earned a place in guitar history.”
– Guitar Player Magazine
Canadian guitarist, Donna Grantis played with Prince as part of 3RDEYEGIRL and the New Power Generation. She was also working with him in a fusion jazz collective that he set aside to concentrate on his solo piano performances before his death in April 2016. And Prince would have served as producer on Diamonds & Dynamite.
Her incendiary guitar playing is highlighted against the percussive tabla rhythms of guru Suphala (a protégé of master Ustad Zakir Hussain), to create a sound described by the Star Tribune as, “New millennium jazz-rock fusion, sorta like Jeff Beck meets a post-modern Mahavishnu Orchestra.” Acclaimed pianist, Jason Lindner (from David Bowie’s Blackstar and hailed as a “musical universe” by Chick Corea) joins this extraordinary ensemble.
Read her Star Tribune feature, “Former Prince guitarist Donna Grantis celebrates new jazz-rock album at the Dakota” here >>
Dutch Sax Superstar
THU SEP 26-27 • 7PM + 9PM
“When I want sax, I call Candy”
Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer has joined Prince’s NPG band as a permanent member for his record-shattering Musicology tour & album.
Candy has sold over 2.5 million albums worldwide and received a Grammy award nomination for her debut album Saxuality. Candy has worked with some of the biggest names in music including: Van Morrison, Maceo Parker, Sheila E., Aretha Franklin, and many others.