The African American’s Guide To R&B Music At The 2015 Minnesota State Fair

Here is a listing of R&B, Funk, and Jazz music at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair. There is even a Comedian in this line up.

Image: Minneapolis Happenings


A dance band with four lead vocalists, a six piece rhythm section and a three-piece horn section, UniverSoul plays a variety of music including funk, gospel, jazz, Motown and R&B.

Sat., Aug. 29 – Sun., Aug. 30
7:30 p.m., 8:45 p.m.

International Bazaar


Kenny Neal

Kenny Neal is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and is widely renowned as a modern swamp-blues master. His soulful guitar playing and uplifting songwriting resonate deeply in the blues community. He serves up a tasty musical gumbo of swamp-boogie, jazz, R&B and straight-ahead blues on his newest CD.

Fri., Sept. 4 – Sat., Sept. 5
1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

Leinie Lodge Bandshell


The Main Squeeze

The Main Squeeze is a raging funk experience with a unique sound and identity made of an eclectic blend of inspiration that seamlessly navigates through funk, rock, electro and jazz. Their live performances fuse soulful vocals, intricate jams, tight grooves and ripping solos.

Sun., Sept. 6 – Mon., Sept. 7
3:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m.

Leinie Lodge Bandshell


Comedian Willi Myles

Comedian C. Willi Myles captivates with his quick wit and a great sense of humor, delivering a high energy, side-splitting show for all ages. Combining everyday people with everyday humor, he has the gift of connecting people with each other through humor and storytelling.

Sun., Sept. 6 – Mon., Sept. 7
6:00 p.m.

Leinie Lodge Bandshell


Innocent Reggae Band

The five members of Innocent Reggae Band play the dance music of Jamaica and the Caribbean. Equipped with thought-provoking lyrics, raspy vocals, a guitar and a captivating stage presence, Innocent offers an electrifying performance.

Fri., Sept. 4 – Sat., Sept. 5
7:30 p.m., 8:45 p.m.

International Bazaar


Break-Shop Bump’n

Break-Shop Bump’n is a high-energy show of head-spinning acrobatics and all-out break dancing for the whole family. These award-winning breakers have performed throughout the world, as well as for various music videos and television commercials.

Wed., Sept. 2 – Thu., Sept. 3
1:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.

Family Fair at Baldwin Park


Patti LaBelle

Patti LaBelle, often called the Godmother of Soul, got her start as part of the Ordettes in 1959. The group went through several name changes such as the BlueBelles and LaBelle, and they produced the hits “Down the Aisle (The Wedding Song)” and “Lady Marmalade,” which was the group’s first No. 1 hit. In 1977, the group decided to focus on solo projects. LaBelle recorded the ballad “The Best is Yet to Come,” which garnered LaBelle her first solo GRAMMY Award nomination. “On My Own,” a duet with Michael MacDonald, became a No. 1 hit in 1986. Her successful career has earned her a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and induction into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame. Beyond her music career, LaBelle has taken on acting and Broadway performances, guest starring in the TV series American Horror Story, as well as competing on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. She continues to tour the country performing her hits from an impressive, decades-long musical career.

7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 2 at the Grandstand
Tickets: $45

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One comment

  1. […] According, to the Twin Cities The Black Film’s Festival organizer Natalie Morrow, this also was the year that the Minnesota State Fair organizers hired her to make sure that a Black headliner performed at the fair, Patti LaBelle. […]

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