A voice to be reckoned with, goddess of soul Liv Warfield will seize the stage of the Dakota Jazz Club on August 28, with the NPG Hornz by her side. “Portland’s most soulful singer” is no stranger to Minnesota, proudly calling Prince “her ultimate musical mentor.”
After sending Prince a link to a video of Warfield singing “Gimme Shelter,” about five years ago she earned a slot in his back-up group the New Power Generation and sang on his 2010 album Lotusflow3r. Taking Warfield under his wing, Prince has taught her about everything from stage presence to studio arrangements.
“It was a trip,” Warfield told SiriusXM earlier this year. “I got a phone call, and he was like, ‘Do you want to come out to where it’s warm?'”
Prince served as executive producer of Warfield’s new album The Unexpected, penning the title track on her behalf. He’s also recorded “The Unexpected” (under the alternate title “WOW”) with his own band 3RDEYEGIRL for their forthcoming album PLECTRUMELECTRUM, and guests to Paisley Park this summer have often heard that version played at the studio. Warfield herself played a show at Paisley Park in June.
Earlier this spring, Warfield tagged along as Prince’s special guest on his “take-over” episode of The Arsenio Hall Show and delivered a powerful rendition of “Soul Lifted.”
Opening for Warfield is New Orleans native Luke James, who has written for the likes of Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, and Britney Spears; and made an appearance in Beyonce’s “Run the World” video. James and Warfield stopped by the Current’s studios to talk about their musical history and the Dakota shows; hear their interview with Jill Riley and Steve Seel above.
A 7:00 p.m. show at the Dakota is already sold out, but tickets to a 10:00 p.m. standing room show are now available, for $45.
Selena Carlson is currently tackling a double major in journalism and music business at Augsburg College. In addition to writing, she is an avid enthusiast of all things banjo; biking; and breakfast for dinner.