Joe Kelley Radio

Series: Minneapolis Mondays

Drummer John Blackwell (Prince and the NPG, Cameo, Patti Labelle)

Phenomenal drummer John Blackwell was a member of Prince and the NPG, Cameo and Patti Labelle. The Berklee College of Music grad also had stellar solo records. I miss my friend John Blackwell and was honored when he called me one night and asked me if I wanted to hear some of his upcoming record…

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St. Paul Peterson Minneapolis Music All-Star

Prince discovered Paul Peterson, aka “St Paul,” at the age of 17. He enlisted him as a keyboard player in “The Time” for the movie “Purple Rain.” Paul took the lead vocalist spot in the Prince produced group “The Family” before becoming a solo artist and scoring hits for MCA and Atlantic Records. St. Paul…

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Keyboardist Tommy Barbarella (Prince and the NPG , Greazy Meal)

Minneapolis keyboardist/producer Tommy Barbarella in the house. Tommy Barbarella toured and recorded with Prince and the New Power Generation. He is also a founding member of the funk and soul band Greazy Meal. Besides his stellar solo productions, Barbarella has recorded and performed with Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas and the Administration, and New Power Generation…

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Jason Peterson DeLaire Backstage CD Release Party Bunkers (Minneapolis)

Jason is a member of the well-known musical “Peterson Family” of Minneapolis, MN. He is an “in demand” Saxophonist and Keyboardist, as well as being a talented singer, songwriter and producer. Jason has toured nationally and internationally with renowned artists such as Donny Osmond, Michael Bolton, Prince, Alexander O’Neal, Richard Marx, Solo, and Oleta Adams….

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Singer Marva King (Prince and the NPG, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson)

Marva King is a talented singer and actress who has toured/recorded with Prince and the NPG, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and many others. Marva has also excelled in her solo career writing and producing songs for her albums. Born in Flint, Michigan, Marva King is most known for her starring role in the 75 plus…

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Trombonist Greg Boyer (Prince and the NPG, Parliament/Funkadelic, Maceo Parker)

Legendary trombonist Greg Boyer is widely recognized as one of the premier horn player/arrangers in the music business. The Washington DC musician has recorded and toured with Prince and the NPG, Maceo Parker, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Sheila E. , Bootsy Collins, Stephen Tyler and many more. He was kind enough to stop by the…

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94 East (Prince, Minneapolis Sound) Interview

Pepé Willie’s band – 94 East – will always be remembered as the band that gave the young Prince Rogers Nelson his first studio experience – let’s face it, a good enough reason to be remembered. What’s often overlooked is the skill and talent of Willie’s ensemble and the influence it had on the developing…

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Episode 83: The Red Hour Brooke R. Calder and Jason Hollis

Brooke R. Calder and Jason Hollis of The Red Hour visited the Joe Kelley Radio studios. The Minneapolis femme-forward darkwave duo recently released a seven track maxi-single of “Cracks”. You can go to https://theredhour.bandcamp.com/releases to hear it.

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Episode 75: Prince and The Revolution Guitarist Dez Dickerson

Dez Dickerson is a phenomenal guitarist and songwriter. He was an original member of Prince’s band The Revolution and played guitar with Prince from 1979 to 1983. He appeared in the movie Purple Rain playing his solo song “Modernaire”. His band was named Modernaires and went on tour with Billy Idol. Dickerson later went on…

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Episode 74: Minneapolis Vocalist Bruce A. Henry Interview

Bruce A. Henry is a vocalist, historian, storyteller, composer and performer extraordinaire. A baritone, whose three-and-a-half octave range allows him to sing tenor,alto and falsetto, Bruce has a pure voice with a versatility few can match. Bruce’s music has taken him to five continents, and he has recorded for Disney, HBO and numerous national ad…

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