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New Primitives, a Minneapolis-based, world pop band, explores blended styles heavily influenced by Reggae, R & B, and Afro-Caribbean music.

New Primitives features two Mid-western Rock and Country Hall of Fame members, Stanley Kipper and Chico Perez, friends since early childhood. They have won multiple music awards including four MN Music Academy Awards for "Best Performance" and "Best Reggae/World Band."

The New Primitive sound is also composed of ska, rock, Afro-Cuban, Caribbean and Mexican music, a soulful long simmering stew of wonderfully harmonious singing and playing.

The band's debut self-titled album, New Primitives, was a mix of inventive originals ("Wild Horses‚" "Bring me Down‚" "Kiss and Run") and refreshing cover's of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" and The Young Bloods' "Get Together." The album hit the national charts and garnered coast-to-coast airplay. Released in November 2011, New Primitives' sophomore release, American Nomads, reinforces their presence and deepens their range.

Their explosive live shows and passionate energy have earned them a loyal following whenever they perform at concerts, theaters, and colleges and universities across the nation.

New Primitives is a juggernaut of multi cultural soul music that never fails to get a crowd on its feet, they have been knocking out crowds nationwide since 2003 and continue to explore their deepest musical roots!


When you see the New Primitives, you’re seeing a band that is a master at creating and maintaining a great vibe. Stanley Kipper helped start the band in the year 2000, and he told Phil Nusbaum about the New Primitives:






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Meet The Band

Founder: Stan Kipper

Stan is the leader of New Primitives, a Minneapolis-based world-pop band exploring blended styles of reggae, Latin and Afro-Caribbean music. He plays timbales, trap drums and percussion, is the lead vocalist, and writes many of the songs under his publishing company Pilot Knob Music. New Primitives has been awarded Minnesota's Best Reggae Band four years in a row. Stan's musical career spans five decades. As a teenage drummer, Stan toured the Midwest. The music of his first bands was classic rhythm and blues that evolved into jazz-infused experimental rock. Stan was inducted into the Midwest Rock and Country Hall of Fame as a member of the legendary Minnesota/Los Angeles band, Gypsy. Working with rock/jazz violinist legend Don "Sugarcane" Harris brought him to Los Angeles, and it was here that he built a repertoire of recording and/or touring with world-renowned musicians, while also writing and playing for his own band, The Steamers. Artists he collaborated with include Minnie Riperton, Bill Withers, Joe Walsh, Jay Ferguson, Andrew Gold, Randy Meisner, the Bee Gees, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Melanie, and Karla Bonoff. Hit tunes featuring Stan on drums include The Bee Gees "How Deep is Your Love," "Emotion," "Ain't Nothing Gonna Keep Me From You," Jay Ferguson's "Thunder Island, " and Andrew Gold's "Thank You For Being A Friend." Andrew worked with Stan writing and producing songs for Stan's solo endeavors. Working with these artists took Stan around the world, including six trips to Japan. His many televisions appearances include Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show. Stan's appearances with Dylan's Blood On the Tracks band led to his version of "Working Man Blues," which has generated over 50,000 U-Tube hits. Watch It »

While living in Los Angeles, Stan began composing for film and television. His songs can be heard in the films The River, Smokey and the Bandit, The Jerk, Slapshot, and Untamed Heart, among others. He appeared in a Ridley Scott Cannes Lions award-winning Pioneer Stereo commercial. In 2013, Viacom negotiated a contract with Stan for New Primitive songs to be used in conjunction with MTV.

Besides frequent appearances with New Primitives, Stan recently produced and appeared on recordings for Barbara Meyer. He works with Stage Struck in Seattle and leads drumming workshops in the Midwest and Seattle. He and Laura Drake have collaborated as writers on a play with a working title of The First Ones.

Recording is already underway for the New Primitives' third CD, which is a follow-up to the critically-acclaimed "American Nomad."

Founder: Mark "Chico" Perez

Professional musician for 50 years. Original member of New Primitives (four time winner of Minnesota Music Award). Formerly played with nationally-known groups Crow and Gypsy. Inductee in Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame with Crow and Minnesota Music Hall of Fame with Gypsy. Also inducted with local group Passage. Afro-Caribbean percussion teacher for 25 years. Resident artist/teacher for grades K-8 in schools throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs for 22 years. Writer/director of children’s play entitled “Journey of Clave” at Waite Park Elementary School, Minneapolis, MN. Co-founder of the One World Percussion Ensemble ( Recording artist 49 years nationally and locally. Studied and performed 18 years at the Cultural Center of Minnesota under Master Percussionist Wallace E. Hill and his worldwide network of master percussionists. Some additional recent projects (performances and/or recordings) include Alexander O’Neal, Indigenous, Brian Powers, Barbara McAfee, Jessie Kiel, John Domagal, Blood On The Tracks and KO Band.

Brian "Snowman" Powers

Brian “Snowman” Powers is a wild white haired saxophonist from the great bayous of Louisiana. As a saxophonist, engineer, mixer, and producer, snowman has worked with many clients including Juanes, MTV Video Productions, Excelsior Gospel Choir, Minneapolis Gospel Sound, Darnel Davis and the Remnant, The Samples, Swampadelica, Larry Braggs, Nicholas David, Universal Music, Sony, Junior Mance, Dr. Mombo’s Combo, Lola and the Redhots, and many others. On his own, Brian has released two solo records and is currently working on his third after being chosen as one of the top 10 best new inspirational artists by the Christian Music Awards. He brings his New Orleans musical traditions, soulful improvisation, and a big sax sound to the New Primitives along with industry proven engineering skills that won him second place in the world in the Audio Engineering Society’s surround sound mixing competition. Along with his brothers for life in the Prims, snowman is helping the best reggae band in the region bring love and dance to the world.

Jesse Kiel

With over fifteen years experience as a professional working musician, Jesse Kiel has worn many hats in the music world –bandleader, session musician, producer, and studio engineer. His musical journey started at the age of seven, playing upright bass and piano, as well as singing in the school choir. In his teens he began making records at home on the family eight-track reel-to-reel, honing his songwriting and engineering skills, while starting bands and playing stages around the Twin Cities. At the age of twenty-two, Jesse left America to study Chinese in Asia, supporting himself as a commercial songwriter, playing funk and reggae, and running a rock and roll recording studio for local bands. As performance director for the Minnesota School of Rock, he saw his students headline First Ave., and open for national acts 311 and The Offspring at the Taste of Minnesota. Currently Jesse can be found on stages across the Midwest, including every Thursday night at Nye's Polonaise in Minneapolis, playing bass with Minnesota Music Award winning group The New Primitives.

Andy Wozniak

Hailing from Alpena, Michigan, Andy Wozniak began playing guitar at age 12, and hasn't looked back. Since graduating from McNally Smith College of Music in 2010, he has been making a name for himself as an in demand session guitarist in the Twin Cities.

From his years of pursing a dense musical knowledge, Andy has developed the ability of being able to dive straight into any music situation and not only hang but flourish. This not only helps him in studio situations but has also gained him the favor of many top guitarists around town as a reliable sub.

Furthering his guitar slinger for hire style, Andy has performed with New Primitives, various cover bands, and music theater productions in the Twin Cities.

Lightnin' Joe Peterson

Lightnin' Joe Peterson is a 25 year old pirate and multi-instrumentalist currently based in Minneapolis, MN, and he has been playing internationally and rabble rousing for just over 11 years. He cut his teeth at the age of 13 by playing harmonica in clubs around the Twin Cities, and continued doing so throughout his teen years, to the detriment of his schoolwork. Under the tutelage of many of Minnesota's musical legends, and in an effort to avoid taking a real job, he was soon playing guitar, followed by organ, keyboards, and bass. He has been fortunate enough to travel the world and share music and friendship with incomparable musicians from all walks of life. These days, as ever, you can usually catch Lightnin' around Minneapolis and St. Paul, playing on stages big and small with all manner of unsavory characters. He feels particularly fortunate to collaborate with the New Primitives, and is deeply honored to share music with them, and help bring a little light to those who come to listen.


Tuesdays at Shaw’s

March 7, 14, 21 & 28
1528 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN


Tuesdays at Shaw’s

April 4, 11, 18 & 25
1528 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN

Beyond ...

Friday September 15
Canterbury Park Shakopee MN
Showtimes: 6:45pm/10:15pm (between races)

Listen To The Music

1000 Ways
Bob Marley Tribute
Didn't I Tell You
Kiss and Run
Ring of Fire
Sky Blue Cadillac
Wild Horses

To hear song samples from New Primitives' self titled CD, click on a song title. If you like what you hear, what are you waiting for!?

CDs & digital distribution available online:

digital distribution available online:



New Primitives CD available at Electric Fetus!
(Minneapolis & Duluth locations)
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New Primitives CD available at CD Warehouse!
Available at Uptown Store, Minneapolis & greater metropolitan areas
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"Music in the Zoo"

Featuring: New Primitives & many more great artists. Click on the image below to purchase this CD.

Music in the Zoo CD features live recordings from the 2008 SUBWAY® Music in the Zoo Series.

1) James Hunter – You Can’t Win  
2) Rusted Root – Martyr
3) David McMillin – Love and Do Not Hesitate
4) Marc Cohn – Ghost Train
5) Haley Bonar – Something Great
6) Irma Thomas – Hip Shakin’ Mama
7) The Radiators – Like Dreamers Do
8) Charlie Parr – Wish I Were a Mole in the Ground
9) New Primitives – Kiss and Run
10) Papa Mali – Keep Happy
11) Michael Monroe – Life is a Mystery

Available at:
The Electric Fetus
Minnesota Zoo Gift Shop
SUBWAY® Music in the Zoo Concerts

Proceeds to benefit
The Minnesota Zoo Conservation Programs

In The News

New Primitives' "Must be Love", featured in the December 2011, Relix Magazine sampler CD.

Relix - December 2011

Sioux City Journal
Minnesota Daily