Massive 10-day fan festival, free and open to the public, coming to Nicollet Mall will feature free daily performances from local and national musical artists Announcement of first 19 performers includes a Prince tribute on Monday, January 29
MINNEAPOLIS – Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) today announced the first 19 of many performers and musical acts who will play free concerts at Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon, the MNSBHC’s 10-day festival along Nicollet Mall that will be free and open to the public.
At a press conference in Minneapolis, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis announced that several artists with personal and professional ties to Prince are confirmed to perform and are expected to honor the late Minnesota-born icon. The Revolution, Sheila E. and Morris Day and the Time will perform on Monday, January 29 at the Verizon Up Stage at Ice Mountain to be located on Nicollet Mall at 8th street. This evening, dubbed ‘Prince Night,’ will conclude with a community sing-along of Prince’s legendary song ‘Purple Rain.’
Select ‘Prince Night’ performances will be shown on NFL Network, ESPN2, and NBC Sports Network as part of their telecast of Super Bowl Opening Night fueled by Gatorade from Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul.
The Verizon Up Stage at Ice Mountain will formally open on Friday, January 26 with Tony Award winning icon Idina Menzel performing the song “Let It Go,” from the Disney movie Frozen.
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are serving as Minnesota Music Ambassadors, helping the MNSBHC curate local and national musical talent to showcase the Minnesota Sound during the 10-day festival. Other artists announced as performers include Bob Mould, Cobi, Dessa, Esera Tuaolo, the former Minnesota Viking who was recently a competitor on NBC’s The Voice, The Jayhawks, The Jets, Mint Condition and Stokley, New Power Generation (NPG), New Power Soul, Soul Asylum, Sounds of Blackness, The Steeles, Stokley Williams, The Suburbs and VocalEssence.
Starting on Friday, January 26 and each day following in the lead-up to Super Bowl LII on Sunday, February 4 various musical acts will perform free concerts for guests of Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon. Daily line-ups and schedules will be organized largely based on genre, such as country, rock, gospel, hip hop, reggae and soul. Schedule line-up and details will be confirmed on a continuous basis in the days ahead. Fans should stay tuned to www.mnsuperbowl.com/sblive for the latest information about the many activities throughout the 10-day festival.
“We’re honored to help bring together musical artists that represent the Minnesota Sound, during a time when the eyes of the world will be focused on our state and communities,” said Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. “Minnesota has given the world so much culture and musical artistry; we’re excited to present this talent during the 10-day festival leading up to Super Bowl. Whether you’re a fan of country, gospel, rock, hip hop or soul, the line-up of music and talent we are curating will have something for everyone to enjoy and celebrate.”
Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon will stretch six blocks on Nicollet Mall, from South 12th Street to South 6th Street, with each block offering unique and exciting Super Bowl opportunities. Fans will see larger-than-life ice sculptures, national broadcast sets, and the Verizon Up Stage at Ice Mountain, where musical acts will perform daily throughout the free 10-day festival.
“We are so excited to unveil these first 19 musical artists who will perform for our residents and visitors during the 10-day festival,” said Maureen Bausch, CEO of the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee. “This celebration will display the Minnesota Sound to all who come out to Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon to make lasting memories and be a part of the Super Bowl fun. Between these musical performers, art, entertainment, dancing and of course, football, Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon will have something for everyone. This venue is our greatest opportunity to showcase Minnesota’s Bold North lifestyle and culture to the world.”
Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon will be the public’s gateway to additional exciting events across the city, including Super Bowl Experience Driven by Genesis, the NFL’s interactive theme park which will be located at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Every Minnesotan and visitor to the state will have an opportunity to create their own Super Bowl moment at Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon – a space that will be free and open to the public.
In addition to the local and national musical acts that will perform each day at the Verizon Up Stage at Ice Mountain, each night Native American groups from across Minnesota will “drum down the sun” as an example of how the MNSBHC will showcase the diverse community and culture of our thriving state during our 10-day festival. And each evening, as festivities on Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon come to a close, Minnesota dancers from around the state will perform the “Last Dance” to close out the event.
Fans can stay tuned to our Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon website for updates. Photos of the performers announced today are also available at www.mnsuperbowl.com/sblive.
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About the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee is a private, non-profit corporation formed to plan and execute the festivities surrounding Super Bowl LII. For more information visit www.mnsuperbowl.com and follow @mnsuperbowl2018 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
About Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Minnesota’s own music legends, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are a five time Grammy winning duo that have been creating and crafting distinctive, memorable and instantly engaging songs for nearly four decades. Read a full bio on Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis at mnsuperbowl.com
About Bob Mould
Bob Mould is an American musician, principally known for his work as guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for alternative rock bands Hüsker Dü in the 1980s and Sugar in the 1990s. Hüsker Dü was a post-hardcore punk band that helped define the sound and ideals of alternative rock. Mould signed a solo contract with Virgin Records in 1988. Learn more about Bob Mould’s music at www.bobmould.com
While singing the blues in smoky bars throughout Northern Minnesota, 12‐year‐old Cobi always had a vision of touring the world. He was eight years old when a family friend first taught him a few basic chords on the guitar. With money earned from mowing lawns, Cobi soon bought an electric guitar and began teaching himself to play his new instrument by ear, relying heavily on his Godfather’s extensive eclectic music collection.
Cobi went on to team up with five other musicians in Boston to form the group Gentleman Hall, a synth heavy alternative rock band who would later sign with Island Def Jam Records. With local radio play and multiple TV syncs, the band performed at the Billboard Music Awards and were named "Best Breakout Boston Artist” at the MTV VMAs.
Cobi left Gentleman Hall in 2014 and moved to Los Angeles to follow his heart and desire to play his soulful style of rock and folk.
In 2016 Cobi toured as a guest vocalist for the electronic act Above and Beyond performing at iconic venues including Royal Albert Music Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, the Sydney Opera House, the Greek Theater and more.
Cobi's debut single was released on May 6th 2016. As powerful of a song as they come, ‘Don’t You Cry for Me’ caught the ear of industry veteran Lyor Cohen who immediately signed Cobi to his new label 300 Entertainment, alongside Grammy nominated artists Fetty Wap and Highly Suspect.
The track features a seventies vibe with a piano and moog under Cobi’s soaring vocals complimented by his layered backing vocals. The track reached #1 on Spotify’s Most Viral Chart (World) and has surpassed 27 million streams to date. Learn more at www.cobimusic.net
Dessa is a rapper, a singer, and an essayist with the Doomtree collective--the ascendant Minneapolis hip hop crew. She's made the Billboard Top 200 list as a solo artist (for Parts of Speech) and as a Doomtree member (for All Hands). She's made a career out of bucking traditional genre designations--she's rapped at Lollapalooza, arranged for full choir, and co-written classical works for orchestra. As a writer, she's contributed to MPR, the Star Tribune, literary journals around the country, and has published two short collections of her own. She's on tour now, with dates booked throughout the US and Central Europe. Learn more at www.doomtree.net/dessa
About Esera Tuaolo
Esera was raised in Hawaii but currently lives in Minneapolis. In 1991, he was drafted into the NFL where he played defensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons. In 1998, Esera played in the NFC Championship game for the Falcons and then the Super Bowl XXXIII against the Denver Broncos. During his time in the NFL, he was known as "Mr. Aloha" because he sang in the locker rooms and once sang the national anthem before a game. Esera is gay and, at 32 years old, left the NFL to come out to his family. Now, being able to pursue a singing career at 48, he has the opportunity to finally be true to himself.
About Idina Menzel
Tony Award-winning icon Idina Menzel has a diverse career that traverses stage, film, television and music. Menzel’s voice can be heard as ‘Elsa’ in Disney’s Oscar®-winning Frozen, the highest-grossing animated film of all time. The film’s song “Let It Go,” voiced by Menzel, became an instant international phenomenon, winning the Oscar® for Best Original Song. Menzel is first artist with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting. She earned Tony Award nominations as Maureen in the Broadway musical Rent, and won the Tony Award for her performance as Elphaba in Wicked. A skillful songwriter, Menzel’s prolific recording career includes multiple cast albums and the solo albums: Still I Can’t Be Still, Here, I Stand, and her most recent album idina. Philanthropy is also important to Menzel, who co-founded the A BroaderWay Foundation in 2010. This organization is dedicated to offering girls from underserved communities an outlet for self-expression and creativity through arts-centered programs. Learn more at www.idinamenzel.com
About The Jayhawks
The incredible harmonies and distinctive arrangements of The Jayhawks set them apart from the rest of the Minneapolis music scene that emerged in the 1980s. By the early 90’s they became a driving force and inspiration behind the growing Americana movement. Combining the talents of singer-songwriters Gary Louris and Mark Olson, The Jayhawks released their major label debut, the acclaimed Hollywood Town Hall (1992) on the Def American label. This was followed by Tomorrow the Green Grass (1995), which produced the alternative radio hit single “Blue”.
When Olson left to pursue a solo career, Louris singularly took over the songwriting role in The Jayhawks creating the band’s enduring sound on some of their best selling and well-received albums including Smile (2000) and Rainy Day Music (2003). Louris continues to write and tour with the longtime core group of Marc Perlman, Karen Grotberg, and Tim O’Reagan. While the touring line-up has changed over the years and Olson briefly reappeared in 2010 to record and tour, this classic lineup maintains a commitment to adventure and forward motion in their shows and in their recordings. Their latest album, Paging Mr. Proust (2016), was produced in Portland with Peter Buck and Tucker Martine. For more information visit www.jayhawksofficial.com
About The Jets
Discovered in Minneapolis in the mid-1980s, this group of brothers and sisters hit the music scene as teenagers and soared straight to the top with hits like “Crush on You”, “You Got It All”, “Make It Real”, and “Rocket2U” under Universal’s MCA label. These songs still are in rotation on radio stations all across America today. Originally from the island kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific, the Jets have an international appeal that attracts fans across the US, Asia and Europe.
About Morris Day and the Time
Morris Day is an American singer, composer and actor who gained fame as lead vocalist of The Time, a dance-pop group who appeared with Prince, most notably, in both the film and album for Purple Rain. He also starred opposite Prince a second time in Graffiti Bridge. With his dynamic dancing and smooth yet gutsy vocals, Morris Day played an essential role in the development of the Twin City dance/club sound of the 1980s. He was a member of the Time from 1981 until 1984, when he launched his solo career. Returning again in 1988, he also performed and recorded with the Time from 1990 until 1991 and then after 1995.
Day’s involvement with Prince traces back to 1980, when his composition "Party up" (originally recorded when he was a member of the Enterprise), was covered on Prince's Dirty Mind album. Releasing his debut solo album, Color of Success, in 1985, Day reached his apex with his second solo album, Daydreaming, two years later. Produced by ex-Time members Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam, the album included the chart-topping R&B tune "Fishnet." Day released his third solo album, Guaranteed, in 1992. After Guaranteed, Day toured occasionally without any new product. He finally returned to recording in 2004 with It's About Time, a mostly live album with a few new studio cuts. Day has also appeared in several films and television shows.
About Mint Condition
Mint Condition is an American R&B band from Saint Paul, Minnesota. Formed in the mid-1980s at Central High School in Saint Paul, Minnesota, its original members were Stokley Williams (lead vocals, drums, percussion), Homer O'Dell (guitar), Larry Waddell (keyboards, piano), Roger Lynch (son of Roger Troutman), Ray Coleman and Kenny Young. Lynch, Coleman and Young all left the group however and were replaced by schoolmates Keri Lewis (keyboards, synthesizer) and Jeffrey Allen (saxophone, keyboards) along with Chicago native Ricky Kinchen (bass). This lineup of Williams, O'Dell, Waddell, Allen, Lewis and Kinchen comprised the classic lineup of the band.
Currently, this line-up remains intact, with the exception of Lewis, who left the group to focus on his marriage to Toni Braxton and produce for her and other artists. The group is well known for its diverse musical style (able to play anything from traditional jazz to mainstream R&B and rock-based music to funk grooves and even Latin and Jamaican-based rhythms) and also its captivating live performances. The band is also well known for their well written and produced R&B ballads, mainly in the 1990s. They are mostly known for their hits "Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)" (1991) and "What Kind of Man Would I Be" (1996).
Mint Condition has been nominated for the 2017 Grammy Award “Best R&B Album” for their amazing Christmas album “HEALING SEASON”. Learn more about the band at www.mintcondition.com
About New Power Generation
New Power Generation, also known as The NPG, was the backing band of musician Prince. They were last active in 2013 before Prince made a return to music with 3rdeyegirl as his backing band. In 2015, the New Power Generation reunited as Prince's backing band for his final studio album before his death, Hit n Run Phase Two.
About New Power Soul
NEW…Energetic & Multi-Music Genres POWER…Sight, Sound & Spirit SOUL…Classic, Originality, Personification of Musicology
Prince Rogers Nelson coined the phrase “New Power Soul” in the nineties with songs and even made it a title of an album. NPS singer and band spokesperson Marva King was a part of that album. Now this dedicated group will join the ranks of those carrying the torch for those influenced to share “Love 4 one another.” 2018 will be the dawn for these choice musicians and singers that exude great passion and love for Real Live Music with New & Original Music, plus exciting live performances!
Marcus Anderson-one of the premiere saxophonists in the world! He has 9 albums to date, and was known as a featured player with Prince Rogers Nelson 2012-2016. Very melodic songwriter, singer & producer of music.
Josh Dunham-Funky, yet tastefully expressive Bassist who recorded and traveled the world with his Royal Badness Prince for 5 years. His versatility is expressed in his songwriting and production skills. Josh also participated in that Great Super Bowl XLI halftime show.
Adrian Crutchfield- Multitalented Saxophonist, keyboard bassist, producer and writer of soulfully funky jazz, plus a plethora of genres of music! Boasts a who’s who list of entertainers he’s featured with! This North Carolina native is lively ball of fire Always command attention onstage!! Prince featured Adrian on several recordings and arenas worldwide.
Marva King-Is a seasoned recording, and live music artist who’s performed with, and written for an extended list of Major talent, such as Prince, Stevie, Michael Jackson and many more. Marva’s lead role in Tyler Perry’s “Diary of a mad black woman placed her in front of millions as an actress/theater performer.
Maya & Nandy McCLean-these 2 stunning ladies from “The land down under” will be forever branded universally as the exotic twin dancers onstage with Prince for several years. Both are singers, songwriters, acoustic guitar players, choreographers & actresses in addition to dancing. Nandy also produces films, while Maya is a Positive light spokesperson.
Gail Johnson-Keyboardist extraodinaire. Gail is the leader of her own successful all female Jazz band “Jazz in pink.” She’s also a former keys player for Morris Day & The Time. Multi-genre Philly born musician holds her own with the best of them!
Vanessa Domonique-A UK resident and native picked up drum sticks at the age of 13. She writes complex jazz fusion, pop and soul music. Vee as she is called is as solid as a metranone, playing with many popular British artists and groups and now a member of New Power Soul. An aggressive, yet tasteful percussion player, that studied and received a BTEC National diploma in popular music and sound engineering and further studies at the renowned Drum Tech Music School in London.
Michael Edwards-Is known for his silky lead and heavy rhythm funk guitar strokes with rock overtones. Mike covers so many genres so very well!! This native L.A. player worked with the legendary Stevie Wonder and other Superstar performers in his career. He writes music and pays it forward by mentoring up and coming young guitarists in the L.A. area.
Together this group of exceptional performers are carving out a path for the New Generations to follow, while respectfully carrying the torch for “Real Musicians with Real Music” inspired by those that have come before them.
Look for the New Music single and CD from New Power Soul in 2018.
About The Revolution
The Revolution -- Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Bobby Z, BrownMark and Dr. Fink -- is most commonly known as the versatile band behind the music icon, Prince. Merging funk, rock n' roll, rhythm and blues, pop & psychedelia genres, the band is considered to be one of the most successful music acts of all time. The Revolution rose to international fame and prominence in the mid-1980s with Purple Rain, a rock operatic project centered around Prince that catapulted him and the group to instant stardom. The project consisted of two parts: a studio film and an accompanying soundtrack/album. The film was a box office smash hit, while the soundtrack is regarded by many as one of the greatest albums of all time. The record, Purple Rain, was recently inducted into the Library of Congress to be persevered for generations to come. After the summer of 1985, The Revolution soon found themselves to be a global phenomenon, following the release of the film and touring throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.
About Sheila E.
Guided by the forces of family, faith, and music, Sheila E. has made a name for herself as one of the most talented musical icons over the decades. With a fearless nature and a passion for sharing her gifts with others, Sheila truly follows the beat of her own drum. She touches the lives of so many, with her dynamic music career at the heart of everything. Sheila’s eagerness to share her music, openness as an author, and fire for her ministry make her such a relatable, inspirational figure for people of all ages. Learn more about the artist at www.sheilae.com
About Soul Asylum
Soul Asylum has been inspiring an incredible level of passion for their music since 1981, when the band, initially known as Loud Fast Rules, formed in Minneapolis. The band's raucous live sets and early releases on the hometown indie label Twin/Tone —including the albums Say What You Will, Made to Be Broken and While You Were Out —earned it a loyal fan base and widespread critical acclaim .Soul Asylum's indie success led to the band entering the major-label mainstream with 1988's Hang Time and its 1990 follow-up And the Horse They Rode In On, and achieving a platinum-level commercial breakthrough with 1992's Grave Dancers Union (3x platinum)and 1995's Let Your Dim Light Shine. Grave Dancers Union featured the international hits "Runaway Train," which won a 1994 Grammy as Best Rock Song, and "Black Gold," while Let Your Dim Light Shine (platinum) spawned the hit "Misery." The band went on hiatus after 1998's Candy from a Stranger, during which time Pirner released his first solo effort, Faces & Names. Soul Asylum returned to action in 2006 with The Silver Lining, Delayed Reaction six years later and most recently with 2016’s Change of Fortune.
About The Sounds of Blackness
The Sounds of Blackness perform and proclaim the music, culture and history of African-Americans to audiences all over the world. From jazz and blues, to rock & roll, R&B, gospel, spirituals, hip-hop, reggae and soul, they color each and every “Sound of Blackness” with uplifting messages of hope, unity, love and peace for all humankind – and work passionately to achieve it. To learn more about The Sounds of Blackness, visit www.soundsofblackness.org.
About The Steeles
The Steeles consist of five siblings; J.D., Fred, Jearlyn, Jevetta, and Billy Steele whose style is an integral part of the Minnesota sound. They have recorded and performed with Prince as well as super producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. They have shared the stage with Donald Fagen, Morgan Freeman, George Clinton, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Mavis Staples, Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire, The Five Blind Boys of Alabama, the national radio broadcast A Prairie Home Companion and others throughout their long and storied career. The family has traveled around the world in the acclaimed musical The Gospel at Colonus including a Broadway run at the Lunt Fontanne theatre in1988. Their accomplishments span far and wide including corporate and non-profit projects with 3M, Target, AMBEV, 100th Anniversary of Dorsey & Whitney and U.S. Bank as well as Make-A-Wish Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of America, Tubman and the Military Family Tribute at the MN State Capital. In 2014, the NBA used one of their recordings to promote their season entitled Big Is On.
Their bold, heartfelt, melodic sounds have been experienced throughout the United States and around the world including Greece, France, England, Spain, Italy, Russia, Brazil, India, Austria and Scotland. The Steeles have also contributed to several soundtracks including the award-winning documentary Hoopdreams, and films; Graffiti Bridge, Blank Man, Corrina, Corrina and most recently, The Meantime on UpTV. The siblings continue to perform in world class productions including the 150th Anniversary celebration of the renowned Mayo Clinic and the Minnesota Vikings Tribute to Prince in 2016 at the newly minted U.S. Bank Stadium. Next year, The Steeles will join the Minnesota Orchestra and trumpeter Charles Lazarus on April 6, 2018 for a show dedicated to the music of the New American Songbook, from Gershwin and Ellington to Stevie Wonder and Prince. To their credit are several Gold and Platinum albums as well as the Sally Award in Education. Visit iTunes for their music and YouTube for videos. Visit The Steeles website and Facebook Fan page for more.
About Stokley Williams
Stokley Williams is a GRAMMY-nominated vocalist, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist known best as the lead singer and drummer for legendary R&B group Mint Condition. As such, he has crisscrossed the globe, touring with luminaries like Prince, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, and Alicia Keys.
The world knows Stokley’s enduring collaborations. His 2011 effort with Kelly Price, "Not My Daddy,” earned a GRAMMY nomination. The TV performances alongside Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien and awards shows such as BET Honors and the AMAs. His film scores and catalogue of studio work, a veritable who’s who: Mariah Carey, Usher, Mary J. Blige, and Jill Scott. Learn more at www.istokley.com.
About The Suburbs
Often described as a Midwest Roxy Music, but with more humor and rock scruff, The 'Burbs have been making their unique punk-pop-art-dance records and performing off and on ever since the ‘Mpls Sound’ heyday. Founded in 1977, The Suburbs are recognized worldwide as among the original heroes of the "Minneapolis Sound”; a historic music era that saw the emergence of other bands like The Suicide Commandos, Prince, The Replacements and Husker Du.
Led now by original keyboardist and singer Chan Poling, original drummer Hugo Klaers, and longtime saxophonists Max Ray (also of The Wallets), they are augmented by a super group of newcomers: Stevie Brantseg and Jeremy Ylvisaker on guitars, Steve Price on bass, Janey Winterbauer on backup vocals, Rochelle Becker on Bari Sax and Stephen Kung on horns and keys.
With dance-club hits like “Waiting” and” Music for Boys" and radio hits like “Life Is Like”, “Rattle My Bones”, and the recent Marriage Equality Anthem, "Love Is the Law”, The Suburbs could be forgiven for resting on their laurels. But the music and accolades keep on coming. Their last single "Turn The Radio On" was voted "Song of The Year" by a poll of local music critics in the Star Tribune in 2013, and their brand new album “Hey Muse!” is already gathering what can only be described as a worthy buzz.
The Suburbs continue to entertain at the highest level and remain one of the most creative and vital bands out there today, honoring their past and blazing into the future. As The New Yorker magazine said about their latest; “the ensemble maintains its quirky spunk and funky pop energy”, and we are proud that the music critic Chris Remenschneider tweeted after their last 1st Avenue show: “I didn't get to see @thesuburbsband Back in the Day™, but I see a lot of bands today & would rate em very high among em.” Learn more at ]www.thesuburbsband.com
Founded in 1969, Minneapolis-based VocalEssence has decades of history as one of the world’s premier choral music organizations. But despite its global influence, VocalEssence has kept its focus local—consistently pioneering ways to strengthen Minnesota’s community through thrilling musical experiences. Learn more at www.vocalessence.org
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