Weren't We Funky Then? You betcha

"Grandpa, was there a Minneapolis sound before Prince?" "Was there? Pull up a chair, my boy..." Better yet, pull on some headphones and listen to a new album that collects some of the jams that funked up the Twin Cities forty years ago. Or make your way to Saturday's record release party to see some of those old timers strut their soul. After all, this is officially Twin Cities Funk and Soul Week.
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Who knew the land of lutefisk had such a funky legacy?

The folks at Secret Stash Records did, because they tracked down some of the lost grooves from 1964 to 1979 and packaged them into a new album that comes out Tuesday.

They also hunted up some of the musicians who laid down those grooves. They're gathering a stageful of them at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis on Saturday for a record release party.

Here's the teaser video from Secret Stash, including some photos that are a real gas:

The old timers have been busily rehearsing for Saturday's show and MPR sat in while the formerly leisure-suited, afro-wearing quartet called the Valdons dusted off some of their tunes.

The release is starting to generate some cyber-buzz. West coast blogger Aquarium Drunkard is psyched up and has posted a few mp3s.

The anticipation even seeped into that bastion of stodginess, City Hall. Here's Minneapolis City Council member Gary Schiff reading the proclamation declaring this Twin Cities Funk and Soul Week, followed by a little more of the Valdons.

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