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Mohegan Sun Arena Welcomes Flashback Funk Fest
February 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mohegan Sun Arena Welcomes Flashback Funk Fest on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 6:00 pm featuring Morris Day & The Time, Cameo, SOS Band, Zapp Band, Lakeside, and Rose Royce.
ABOUT MORRIS DAY & THE TIME: Born in Minneapolis, Day went to school with Prince Rogers Nelson and sang in Prince’s first band Grand Central. The Time was originally created as Prince’s alter ego to be seen as the cool, street wise Funk band contrasting Prince’s more soulful R&B sound. After looking at several lead vocalists, Prince wanted someone with mad talent so he cast his high school friend the funky, the fabulous Morris Day. Soon after, Morris Day and The Time were cast in Purple Rain which captured the exploding Minneapolis music scene at its peak.
ABOUT CAMEO: Founded, produced and led by drummer and Harlem native Larry Blackmon. Cameo made its debut via the 1977 album, Cardiac Arrest. This album included the hits, “We’re Going Out Tonight” and “Rigormortis.” Two more albums, We All Know Who We Are and Ugly Ego helped establish Cameo with their core audience. However, it was their fourth LP, Secret Omen, including the hits “I Just Want To Be” and “Sparkle,” that began the groups journey to a whole new level of popularity and earned them their first of many gold and platinum albums to come.
ABOUT SOS BAND: In 1977, the original band consisted of six talented musicians: Jason Bryant, Billy Ellis, Willie “Sonny” Killebrew, Bruno Speight, John A. Simpson, and James Earl Jones III and one extraordinary lead vocalist, Mary Davis. In 1980, The S.O.S. band name was chosen and a fitting choice as the Sounds of Success debut LP went gold, selling over 800,000 copies and held #2 spot on the R&B charts for three consecutive weeks. Skilled trumpeter/vocalist/percussionist, Abdul Ra’oof, joined the band during their first world tour. The bands success soared from 1981 to 1986, creating five albums all on R&B charts; Too, S.O.S. Band III, On The Rise and Sands of Time. In 1987, Mary Davis decided to pursue a solo career. The band recorded two more albums, Diamonds in the Raw and One Of Many Nights. August of 1994, Mary reunited with Abdul Ra’oof and together they reconstructed a new band with the same unique Funk the S.O.S. Band was known for during the 80s. The band continues to tour the world and create new music working diligently to continue the great music.
ABOUT ZAPP BAND: Zapp unleashes funky, high-energy music with a contagious groove built for dancing, loving and good times. Made up of masterful musicians who have been getting down together since the late 1970s. Lester Troutman, Sr. (drums), Terry “Zapp” Troutman (talkbox, keyboards, bass), Bart Thomas (talkbox, vocals, keyboards, bass), Dale DeGroat (musical direction, keyboards, vocals), Thomas Troutman (keyboards, vocals), Riccardo Bray (guitar) and Anthony Arrington (sax) carry on the legacy of a tight-knit group of expert players and Funk, Soul and party band pioneers.
ABOUT LAKESIDE: The Original Lakeside journey began when a group of high school students from Dayton, Ohio formed a singing group and backup band which later morphed into a Funk band that landed a recording deal with Solar Records. Made up of talented musicians and a ferocious stamina that has sustained them for more than 40 years, seven of the nine original members still maintain. Lakeside was the first band to successfully use a “theme” for each album cover. The sound of Funk hits such as “All The Way Live,” “Raid,” and “Outrageous,” are known to draw people to the dance floor. Lakeside’s soulful ballads demonstrate their versatility, style and perfect mix of vocals and band.
ABOUT ROSE ROYCE: In their 35 year recording history, Rose Royce music is currently being played on radio stations all over the world, such sensations as “Car Wash” “Wishing on a Star,” “I Wanna Get Next To You,” just to name a few. Rose Royce is a multi-platinum selling recordings artist, best known for their great ballads and are one of the funkiest bands around. Dazzling audiences worldwide, Rose Royce currently tours the United States as well as other parts of the world with their amazing and exciting show. The Grammy award winning group has sold millions of copies of the albums Car Wash, In Full Bloom and Rose Royce Strikes Again. Rose Royce is a versatile group who possesses a multitude of talent and charisma and has successfully managed to stay fresh and attract new fans.
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