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Original line-up of Minneapolis funk outfit fDeluxe (aka The Family) reunite in Twin Cities for the first time since 1985
Jerome Benton rejoins band for 2 Special Nights
January 25, 2018 - For the very first time in over 30 years all 5 original members of The Family (now known as fDeluxe) will reunite in Minneapolis on for 2 not to be missed shows at The Dakota on January 31, 2018.
Jellybean Johnson, Jerome Benton and “St Paul” Peterson (all members of The Time during the ‘Purple Rain’ era), Eric Leeds (Madhouse, Prince & The Revolution, LP Music) and Susannah Melvoin, twin sister of Revolution guitarist Wendy have not performed together in Minneapolis since their now legendary, debut performance at First Avenue on August 13, 1985.
Formed by Prince in 1984, The Family’s debut, self titled set (released on Paisley Park Records, and featured the original recording of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’) has been cited as an all-time favourite by artists such as Dam-Funk, Questlove, Chris Rock, Erykah Badu and D’Angelo to name but a few. Expect cult classics such as ‘Screams Of Passion’, ‘Mutiny’ and ‘High Fashion’ along with latter day fDeluxe material to be performed by the band during their 7pm and 930pm shows.
The band are extremely excited about having Jerome Benton join them during what is a very special time for Minnesotans. Actor and Musician Benton is an American Icon with a celebrated history of 30 over years of success in music and Hollywood. A Minneapolis, Minnesota native, Jerome became a star as part of The Time where he created the role of show “hypeman” which now is standard in many genres of music. His acting career began in 1984 with his pivotal role in the iconic film ‘Purple Rain’ followed by a lead role alongside Prince in the black and white cinematic feature ‘Under The Cherry Moon’. In recent times he has been responsible for the independently written, produced & assistant directed stage play ‘Love Makes No Sense’starring Alexander O'Neal and Cherrelle, followed by a second stage project ‘I Want To Go To Heaven’. Jerome rejoined The Time in 2008 for a series of special concerts & was featured on the 2011 album release ‘Condensate’. He recently formed Thandiwe Entertainment Architects with writing partner Ilunga Adell.
“I’m happy to be invited to be part of these 2018 Super Bowl Celebrations in downtown Minneapolis just a few blocks from where I grew up,” says Benton. “I’m experiencing the music pallet that’s recognized around the world and that makes me proud. Joining my family and friends on stage is always special!”
Since resuming their recording career in 2010 as fDeluxe (minus Benton) has released the critically acclaimed studio albums ‘Gaslight’ and ‘AM Static’ along with a blistering concert set ‘Live & Tight As A Funk Fiend’s Fix’. They have performed sold out shows in Australia, Japan, England, France, Belgium and Amsterdam as well as in the native USA. Their performance at an all-star (D’Angelo, Chris Rock, Elvis Costello and more) tribute to Prince at Carnegie Hall in 2013 saw Billboard proclaim, “the show reached its funkiest echelon when fDeluxe came out to perform with the Roots,” while Village Voice described it as "a dominant appearance by fDeluxe whose high energy funk set was otherwise a master class in bass-driven grooves."
In addition to 7pm and 930pm shows at The Dakota on 31 January fDeluxe will be performing a 30 minute set on the Verizon Up Stage at Super Bowl LIVE at 545pm on Thursday 1 February. Tickets to the Dakota show or the VIP Experience and Minneapolis Sound After Show Party featuring DJ Lenka Paris can be purchased on-line at www.dakotacooks.com or by calling 612-332-5299.
For media enquiries contact:
Contact: Carrie Miller
fDeluxe Management: Neil Richards, Square One Entertainment
Grown Folks Music Exclusive Interview!!
I was invited by De Angela Duff with New York University at the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center #I<3DM. Professor Duff in the House! Enjoy this special rare interview with Grown Folks Music!
Exclusive Clips Coming This week - JB
THANK YOU NEW YORK & Katra Lounge!!!
We Did it Big in the Big Apple For My Birthday!!!
I am so thankful to all the Fans, Family & Friends that came through to Katra Lounge. Thank you to everyone that traveled across country to come and celebrate my special day with me. From the bottom of my heart I thank you and show my appreciation to you. Thank you Kim & Randy (you both already know!) Thank you to my Team Tonya & Jill with Pose Management for making the event a success. Thank you Clint Laourdakis with Mad Angry Panda Designs for your cool (did I mention C.O.O.L) design work of the Umbrella and t-shirts. Thank you Troy Gua and Jonathan Caustrita for your illustrations. Tricky & Christopher never looked so good in cartoon form!!! Thank you Miles Marshall Lewis, Crystal Durant & Ron Worthy. An event is made successfully when you have talented people like this giving their best. Special thank you to the photographers & filming crew that captured some AMAZING clips. Kevin Brown, Daniel Ivy Jr., Alec Turner & Barry Bcyd. And you know I gotta give a shout out to DJ Kool KGee. He had the deep crates....he had the deep crates. Katra Lounge & Staff - superb food, service and "drinky drinks!" What can I say? NYC lets do it again!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEROME - Party in NYC at Katra Lounge!!!
Prince, Flyte Tyme & Minneapolis Sound Dance Party in NYC!!! Wednesday, September 13, 2017
My birthday party will be at Katra Lounge. in NYC! DJ Kool KGee on the 1's & 2's with a special fan Q&A with writer Miles Marshall Lewis (Ebony Magazine, Essence Magazine). Celeb guests, media & filming all night! Rock your best Purple as we pick the Best Dressed for the night with special prizes! Co-Hosts for the night include DJ Crystal Clear & Tonya Giddens! Come Enjoy New York Fashion Week & Celebrate the Legacy of Prince on Wednesday, September 13, 2017!
Order dinner from the Katra Menu, Drink Specials, come enjoy an INCREDIBLE NIGHT WITH THE #PURPLEARMY💜
VIP is Soldout!!!!
Detroit I'm Baaaaaaccck!!!!! - May/June 2017
Evenovate and New Day Entertainment in conjunction with Radio One (Detroit’s Hot 107.5 and 105.9 KISS-FM) present The Purple Party: a birthday celebration for my friend & brother the iconic Prince. The event takes place at Bert’s Warehouse Theater in Detroit, MI.
The Purple Party is the ultimate Prince tribute and birthday celebration in the Motor City. Prince themed cocktails and free commemorative t-shirts will be given with a VIP purchase. Limited early bird tickets are on sale for $19.99 and can be purchased online at www.ticketalternative.com or by calling 877.725.8849. Before the event there will be a Purple Rain Block Party hosted by KISS 105.9’s Angie Starr which is free and open to the public.
#PurpleArmy I'm bringing my sister Jill Jones and my brother Wally with me. It's a party to celebrate Prince and Detroit!
Dr. Funkenberry & Jerome - The Interview - April 2017
Jerome sat down with Dr. Funkenberry for a live exclusive 2 part interview this month now available on iTunes. Funkenberry is a long time friend of Jerome and many others within the musician community. He's worked as an important figure documenting Prince's life for his fans since 2006. Enjoy this special feature! (A big thank you to Jerome's Management Team for helping to organize this exclusive moment. More big things coming soon!!!!)
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Jerome, along with business partner Ilunga Adell, will be visiting Chicago on October 7 & 8 to support Chicago Theater. Jerome and Ilunga share co-ownership of LA based production company Thandiwe Entertainment Architects. Don't miss out on this event!
Thanks to The Academy & The Fans - September 19, 2016
Thank you to Cheryl Boone Isaacs and The Academy for the invitation to appear on the panel for "Purple Rain." For those in attendance it was incredible to celebrate a historical moment in music and film. Much love to Jill, Marie, Bob, Albert, Reggie & Marcus. And always thank you to my brother Prince for the opportunity.
The Academy Presents "Purple Rain" - August 29, 2016
Jerome, along with Director Albert Magnoli will lead a discussion about the significance of Purple Rain & the lasting legacy of this iconic film.