Scene News: The Royal Funk Party celebrating Prince’s Birthday feat Lake Minnetonka – LuWow, Fitzroy

June 7th is not only the Queen’s Birthday weekend, it’s also the birthday of a different royal figure – His Royal Badness! Prince Rogers Nelson came into this world on June 7th, 1958. 57 years later, Lake Minnetonka and a stellar cast of guests will pay tribute to the Purple Yoda, as well as the Minneapolis sound that he inspired, in this one-of-a-kind party at the LuWow!

Performing both classic and obscure tracks from his earliest albums to his latest, guest vocalists joining Lake Minnetonka on the night include Chelsea Wilson, Jennifer Kingwell, Jude Perl, Allysha Joy and Henry Manetta, and there might be even more surprises to come!

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“Loving the new sounds from Lake Minnetonka! 80s New Wave jazz funk paradise! I’ve never heard music like it in my life!” – Jazz Got Soul, PBS 106.7fm
Lake Minnetonka is a 6-piece juggernaut — super-tight funk on the bottom, and wild punk jazz on top. For fans of New Wave, No Wave, and acolytes of the Minneapolis Sound such as Morris Day and the Time, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, fDeluxe, Madhouse, and Sheila E. In addition to their own original robofunk tunes, Lake Minnetonka love to get down on classic MPLS joints from back in the day such as ‘Mutiny’, ‘Ten’ and ’100 MPH’.

Members of Lake Minnetonka were invited onstage to jam with Larry Graham and Graham Central Station during their Bluesfest sideshow at the Corner Hotel in 2014. They also played with Dr Fink from Prince and The Revolution when he was here in Melbourne in August, and he then joined them on stage during their gig just before he flew home to Minneapolis.

“Respect 2 DJ Rizk, one of the dopest female community active DJ’s. Much props for working with the youth!”

Melbourne-based DJ MzRizk has been spinning soulful tunes and dope beats around town for over 10 years. Her ever growing music collection includes hip hop, soul, funk, boogie and jazz from all eras. Since 2008 MzRizk has performed at international and local festivals, demonstrating her diverse appeal.

The Royal Funk Party celebrating Prince’s birthday is not to be missed and is on Saturday 7th June (Queens Birthday weekend) at LuWow, 62 – 70 Johnston Street, Fitzroy. Tickets are $15 presale online, or else $20 on the door.

Royal Funk Party
with Lake Minnetonka, MzRizk (DJ) & guest vocalists
Sunday 7th June
The LuWow
62 – 70 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
$15 pre-sales via
or $20 on the door if available
Doors open 8pm

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