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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

MetroTech Preview: Mint Condtiion

by Robert Wood

The BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech—BAM's free summertime showcase of heavy hitters from R&B, reggae, funk, and other genres—runs this year from June 6 until August 8, with concerts happening (almost) every Thursday at noon. That means lunchtime for most folks, so for the full MetroTech experience, we suggest bringing a meal and making an afternoon (or a long lunch break) out of it if you can. Check back every week for these previews, which will also suggest appropriate eats to enjoy along with the music, and pigeons, in Downtown Brooklyn.

Mint Condition
Thu, Jun 6 at 12pm
MetroTech Commons | map

In a nutshell:
Ridiculously suave Twin Cities contemporary R&B band celebrating their 20th anniversary.

What to know:
Kings of the come-hither slow-jam and deeply influenced by fellow Minneapolis native Prince, Mint Condition truly arrived when it was hand-picked by the latter to be a part of his Welcome 2 America tour, which also featured acts like Maceo Parker, Chaka Khan, and the indomitable Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings. Its single “Not My Daddy” (featuring Kelly Price) was nominated for two Grammys, and it remains one of the few high-profile self-contained black R&B bands around.

Former member Keri Lewis was once married to R&B chanteuse Toni Braxton.

Baby-making ballads and funk, frequently with a jazz and Latin tinge

You might like them if you like: 
Kindred the Family Soul, Blackstreet, Prince

Appropriateness for getting down / getting it on:
30% / 70%

What to eat for lunch: 
Something decadently satisfying, like the Pulled Pork Burger from the Dallas BBQ on Livingston, capped off with the Black Forest Cheesecake from Junior’s on Flatbush. This is music to sink down into, and best that your belly and ears be in full agreement here.

Listen to our R&B Festival MetroTech Spotify playlist:

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