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Morris Day and The Time

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Born in Springfield, Illinois, Morris Day went to school with the world-famous pop artist Prince, singing in his first band, Grand Central. The Time was originally created as Prince’s alter-ego, and after looking at several lead vocalists, Prince decided to cast someone with mad talent as the band’s frontman . . . so he chose Day, his high school friend. Soon after, Morris Day & the Time were cast in Purple Rain, which captured the exploding Minneapolis music scene at its peak.

Morris Day & The Time soon burst onto the public scene with the self-titled album The Time (1981), which included “Get it Up,” “Cool,” and “Girl.” The group went on to record three more albums, including 1982’s What Time is It? (featuring “777-9311,” “Wild and Loose,” “Walk,” and “Gigolos Get Lonely Too”) and 1984’s Ice Cream Castle (which included the hit “Jungle Love”). After recording these albums, Morris Day launched his solo career, releasing three discs: The Color of Success (1985), Daydreaming (1987), and Guaranteed (1992). Combined sales of Morris Day’s solo work and The Time’s releases is in excess of 10 million units.

“It was such an innocent time,” Day reminisces. “We were just doing our thing, talking the way we talked and dressing the way we dressed. Bringing our personalities to the record. It was us being us. I’m proud of where I came from musically and the things we’ve done.” After a lengthy hiatus in the late ’90s and early ’00s, Day returned to the scene in 2004 with his latest solo album, It’s About Time (2004). In November 2022, he released what he states will be his final solo album, Last Call (Bungalo Records/Universal Music Group).

Experience two special events related to this performance!
Hip Hop Xpress Double Dutch Boom Bus, free experience on Goodwin Avenue, street level on the west side of Krannert Center, on Friday, September 15, 5pm to 7pm
DJ Silkee spinning old school jams at a free show on Stage 5 on Saturday, September 16, 5pm to 7pm

Corporate & Community Bronze Sponsor

  • Glenn Poor's Audio Video
  • Illinois Public Media/WILL AM-FM-TV

Patron Co-Sponsors

  • Susan & Michael Haney
  • Martha & Thom Moore

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Event Details

Tryon Festival Theatre
Fr Sep 15, 2023 - 7:30pm CT
Sa Sep 16, 2023 - 7:30pm CT
Advocate 100 / Standard 60 / SC 55 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10 Please note: ticket purchases for this event are limited to 6 per patron. Orders exceeding that amount may be cancelled.

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