1010 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Category: Bars and Clubs
Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)
Secret Stash, the local label specializing in digging up neglected musical nuggets of the past, unearthed a treasure trove of vintage local R&B that had mostly fallen off the radar and last year released the collection as Twin Cites Funk & Soul: Lost R&B Grooves From Minneapolis/St. Paul 1964-1979. Besides resurrecting gems from still-working musicians like Willie Murphy (then leading his intrepid Bumblebees) and Willie Walker (who now teams up with the Butanes), there are tracks from bands like the Prophets of Peace, Band of Thieves, and the Valdons, who all laid the groundwork for the Minneapolis Sound of Prince and the Time. One benefit of the release is that some material is again being played live and new projects are in the works, both of which will be evident at this two-night showcase. This revue will feature the reformed Valdons, their sleek vocal harmonies and funky grooves intact. Their lineup now includes Sonny Knight (pictured), once a member of the funk band Haze, who now is also leading a new outfit called the Lakers, who will play a late-night set at the Dakota Saturday. Also in the revue will be singer/saxophonist Maurice Jacox, a longtime member of the Bees, and Jackie Harris, who had a mid-'60s hit on Chess, played with local R&B outfits and was a radio DJ, and singer Chastity Brown, to neatly tie the classic material into the contemporary scene.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: May 3. Continues through May 4, 2013