The New Power Generation, also known as The NPG, was the backing band of musician Prince from 1990 to 2013. The group will play a show at Fargo Brewing Company’s outdoor stage on Friday, September 18, 2020.
The reunion of former members of the New Power Generation (NPG) – including a number of those in the original configuration – was born out of the official Prince Tribute concert in October 2016. The longest-running member of the NPG, keyboardist Morris Hayes, who also served as Prince’s Musical Director for many years, was tapped to do the same job for the official tribute concert held in honor of the legendary artist. Hayes brought many of the original band members back together to serve as the house band (where they were joined by other NPG alumni throughout the night) for the epic musical celebration and the feedback from the fans was that the official tribute concert was both exhilarating and healing.
Given the overwhelming response to that historic event, Hayes, Sonny T, Tommy Barbarella, Tony M, Damon D and Levi Seacer met with one of Prince’s former managers to discuss an official reunion in order to bring a live celebration of Prince and his music to ‘fams’ throughout the world. Their intent: to honor their boss, their mentor and his music. The band has since joined forces with other Prince alumni and world class artists to perform their own tribute concerts to their legendary mentor and brother, Prince.
NPG’s official lead singer is MacKenzie. MacKenzie has wowed both audiences and critics alike. The ‘Prince fams’ (as Prince called them) quickly embraced him. MacKenzie’s immense talent coupled with his unique and reverent approach to the songs never strays into an impersonation.
The NPG strive to play as if their famous boss was still front and center. Their shows are a non-stop musical kaleidoscope of the most iconic chart-topping hits from all eras of Prince’s career. Classic NPG songs like “Diamonds and Pearls,” “Gett Off,” “Cream,” “7” and “Sexy MF,” are intermingled with hits from throughout Prince’s illustrious four- decade-long career like “1999,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Pop Life” “Sign O’ The Times,” “Purple Rain,” “U Got The Look” and “Kiss.”
IF YOU GO
NEW POWER GENERATION FEATURING THE MUSIC OF PRINCE
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 | 5 P.M. GATES | 7 P.M. SHOW | 21+ | RAIN OR SHINE
FARGO BREWING OUTDOORS | 610 N. University Drive, Fargo, N.D., 58102