Love 2 The 9's Unplugged feat. Julius Collins & Tommy Barbarella

'Piano & Microphone Prince Celebration'

Love 2 The 9's Unplugged feat. Julius Collins & Tommy Barbarella

Tue · October 23, 2018

7:30 pm

$30.00 - $39.00

Off Sale

Julius Collins
Julius Collins
Julius Collins is a renowned singer in Minneapolis. Managed by Prince when he first moved to the city from Atlanta, his band Black Julius emerged on the scene with a blend of rock and funk. Next up was the formation of the phenomenal group, Greazy Meal. which was comprised of some of the best musicians in Minneapolis. They packed the local clubs to capacity, and formed a following that is still dedicated to the music and energy they created on the scene.
Tommy Barbarella
Tommy Barbarella
Tommy Barbarella has made his mark behind the scenes composing, touring, recording and performing with Prince, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Art Garfunkel, Ziggy Marley and Love and Rockets – to name but a few. In the world of film, he has contributed his talents to Hollywood features by iconic directors like Spike Lee, Robert Altman and Marc Forester.

His first forays into the Minneapolis music scene came at a time when the 'Minneapolis sound' was exploding across the international airwaves in the 1980's. In a music club in downtown Minneapolis he was introduced to mega-producer Jimmy Jam Harris and other members of The Time. This eventually led to a 10-year stint as the keyboardist for Prince and the New Power Generation - a band considered by many to be Prince's finest line-up. With Prince and the NPG, Tommy toured the world several times over and made numerous TV appearances in the US and Europe.
Sonny Thompson
Sonny Thompson
Sonny T. was a member of the Minneapolis band The Lewis Connection. Prince played guitar and sang backing vocals on the Sonny T composition 'Got To Be Something Here' a recording on The Lewis Connection's self-titled and only album. The track was recorded in late 1976 or early 1977 at Sound 80, while Prince also worked on his own tracks (notably this was Prince's first recording).
Katie Gearty
Katie Gearty
Katie Gearty sings in clubs and studios, at festivals and theaters, and for private events all over the Midwest and beyond. She was vocally trained in classical music styles in high school and college. In 2004, she began working as a professional jazz singer with The Wolverine’s Trio and Tanner Taylor Trio. With a versatile voice that mixes jazz, soul, rock and pop, Katie has been honored to perform with many of Minnesota’s most talented musicians.

Since 2009 Katie has been one of the female leads in Adam Levy’s Twin Cities super group Hookers & Blow. In May 2011, Katie was excited to join Minneapolis Legend Mick Sterling & Cate Fierro in the 9-piece power house soul/r&b band, The Irresistibles. Both bands perform regularly around Minnesota, and some of their favorite venues are The Dakota Jazz Club, The Narrows Saloon in Navarre, and Katie’s favorite NE Mpls hang, Mayslacks. She also regularly performs at Hell’s Kitchen in downtown Minneapolis with a funk induced jazz organ band Vital Organ. Sterling, Fierro and Gearty started the citiess newest Event band SOUL in 2011.

Some of her accomplishments include working with Bruce Henry, The Modd Squad, Debbie Duncan, JD Steele, Christine Rosholt, Arnie Fogel, Steve Clarke & The Working Stiffs, Kurt Jorgensen, Sam Kuusisto, Larry Fountain, stepping in for bands such as Synergy, Bruce Balgaard & The Covers, The Sevilles and The Atlantis Quartet. Her own house band at Nye’s Polonaise Room in NE Minneapolis spawned her 2006 eponymous first CD.
Venue Information:
The Dunsmore Room at Crooners
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432