Horn hero Maceo Parker, above, will play a princely event in Minneapolis this fall.
After recruiting one of Prince’s favorite younger acts, King, for its inaugural fundraiser concert last year, the PRN Alumni Foundation has booked one of his heroes, Maceo Parker, this year.
The former James Brown and P-Funk horn head will play the foundation’s Funk-n-Roll Party with fellow saxophonist Candy Dulfer on Oct. 11 at Aria Event Center in Minneapolis, part of a three-day celebration that will also include a Funk-n-Bowl bash at Memory Lanes, day panels and more charitable fun. Tickets go on sale July 12 via PRNalumni.org.
“So many of the musicians are excited to get involved,” said Jacqui Thompson, the former Paisley Park manager who leads the foundation, made up of other former Prince employees and band members to raise money for children’s arts programs and other needs.
The PRN Alumni group will also benefit from another cool Prince party in Minneapolis on Sept. 13, when the touring, Morris Hayes-led lineup of the New Power Generation will perform a pay-per-view webcast from First Avenue. Tickets are on sale now for $31.21 via eTix.com (the webcast will be $9.99).
This lineup of the NPG, including local vets Sonny Thompson and Tommy Barbarella with new one-name singer MacKenzie, hasn’t ever played First Ave together, and its only other Minneapolis appearances were during Super Bowl week. The webcast is being produced by Live Alliance, which set a pay-per-view record with a 50th anniversary Grateful Dead special in 2014.