How Sweet It Is: The Marvin Gaye Tribute by Collins Live

How Sweet It Is: The Marvin Gaye Tribute by Collins Live

Thu · September 27, 2018

7:30 pm

$25.00 - $30.00

Table-side dinner and cocktail service will be available at these concert seats before and during the show.

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.
Michael Bland
Michael Bland
Minneapolis native Michael Bland, like so many other outstanding drummers, started taking piano lessons at age 6 due to the direction of his musical mother and sisters. One year later he began taking lessons on the baritone horn, but fortunately, drums entered his life at 9. As his drum playing progressed he joined his church's band.

Around age 14, Michael decided to take drums seriously, and his practice and dedication paid off when two years later he won the "Twin Cities" Best Drummer contest. After the contest, local musicians took notice and he began playing with Hiram Bullock. A few years have passed and we find him in the drum chair gigging with Dr. Mambo's Combo in a local club where the budding Twin Cities "soon to be stars" performed. Enter another Minneapolis artist, Prince. After hearing Michael's percussion work, Prince asked him to join the New Power Generation. Michael was 19 and on his way.

Michael performed with Prince for 7 years, followed by a tour in 1996 with Paul Westerberg. After a Chaka Khan tour in 1997, he recorded and toured with Maxwell from 1998-2000, as well as other artists such as George Benson, Howard Hewitt, Evan and Jaron, Dionne Farris, and Phil Upchurch. Minneapolis is still his home where he continues to play with local artists like Soul Asylum, plus the Legendary Combo at Bunkers. He also collaborates with Tommy Barbarella, Sonny Thompson, Jef Lee Johnson, and Julius Collins in his progressive Gospel group, Sons of Almighty.
Kenni Holmen
Kenni Holmen
KENNI HOLMEN is one of the most active recording and touring musicians from the Twin Cities area. Kenni has performed and recorded with many local, national and international artists over his twenty year career.
Kenni has performed with Michael Bolton, Celine Dion, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, T.C. Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Donny Osmond, The Rev. Billy Graham Crusade, The Glen Miller Orchestra, Doc Severinson, Garrison Keilor, The Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra just to name a few. Kenni has recorded with Janet Jackson, Rod Stewart, Prince, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Ben Sidran, Baby Face, Mandy Moore, and many others.
In addition to recording album projects and jingles, Kenni also writes, co-produces and has performed with New Age artist Lorie Line since 1993. This includes a performance at The White House in the fall of 2000. Kenni was voted “Best Tenor Sax Player” by Twin Cities Reader magazine. Kenni is also featured with Prince’s horn section called “The HornHeads” who have toured throughout the United States and Europe since 1992.
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.
Yohannes Tona
Yohannes Tona
Yohannes Tona is a renowned Ethiopian born Minneapolis bassist whose recording career began on 1 November 2007. Tona was born and raised in Awassa, a town in Southern Ethiopia. He was raised in a family that had interest in music. His father was a church organist and his mother a vocalist. After high school in Awassa, he moved to Addis, the capital of Ethiopia, to further his musical education. He later moved to the U.S. in the late 1990’s and got a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston.

In addition, his own group also performs with several artists such as Nachito Herrera, Dr. Mambo’s Combo, Bruce Henry, Darnell Davis & the Remnant Gospel Group and Seven Steps to Havana, to name a few.
Venue Information:
Crooners Lounge & Supper Club
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432
http://www.croonersloungemn.com/