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Morris Day and The Time performing at Merced County Fair

Morris Day and The Time started out playing with Prince in the legendary "Purple Rain" film and the funk and dance-pop group has enjoyed a long career of recording and touring. They are bringing their "old school" sound blended with new music to the 2011 Merced County Fair.

Morris Day and The Time will perform Friday, June 17 in the fairgrounds’ Outdoor Theatre.

The fair is Wednesday, June 15 through Sunday, June 19. Each night a headline entertainment act will appear at 8:30 p.m. in the Outdoor Theatre, where all concerts are free with admission.

Morris Day was a headline act for South Park's 100th episode celebration in Hollywood when he was "rediscovered" by Hip Hop-Superstar Nelly's manager, Courtney Benson." His performance was electrifying, and the audience reaction was phenomenal," she said. The show led to a new recording contract for Morris Day.Morris Day and The Time gave an unforgettable performance in the hit 2001 film, "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back," in which Day and the band served as a running plot device and performed an energized "Jungle Love" finale.

Morris Day grew up in Minneapolis, went to school with Prince Rogers Nelson and sang in Prince's first band, Grand Central. The Time was originally created as the cool, street-wise funk band contrasting Prince's more soulful R&B sound. Prince wanted a big talent as The Time's lead vocalist, so he tapped his high school friend -- Morris Day. Soon after, Morris Day and The Time were cast in "Purple Rain," which captured the Minneapolis music scene at its peak.

Morris Day burst onto the music scene with the group's self-titled album, "The Time," which included "Get It Up," "Cool," and "Girl." The group went on to record three more albums, including "What Time Is It?" (featuring the hits "777-9311," "Wild and Loose," "Walk," and "Gigolos Get Lonely Too") and "Ice Cream Castle," (which included the hit "Jungle Love"). Morris Day launched his solo career, releasing three albums: "The Color of Success," "Daydreaming" and "Guaranteed."

The group has gone in different directions over the years but has reunited several times including at the 50th Grammy Awards in 2008, performing a medley that included Rihanna and "Jungle Love."

Now Morris Day and The Time are together again. "I'm proud of where I came from musically and the things we've done, but I'm here with another project. I'm looking forward to the ride again. That's what I'm focusing on now," he said. "I've been waiting for just the right time to launch a new project. I felt that Hip Hop has had such a stronghold on the industry the timing needed to be perfect. I've continued to record over 100 songs and to tour. With new artists sampling old-school music, my phone started ringing off the hook. I knew it was the right time."

In his upcoming album, Day combines classic old school sounds with new music featuring hot new artists. He delivers energetic vocals and witty lyrics and when he performs, he's still got his trademark smooth-as-silk dance moves and sharp fashions.

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