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Prince playing six last-minute shows at the Dakota Jazz Club

So that’s why the Dakota Jazz Club’s calendar has been¬†conspicuously¬†blank for the remainder of this week and weekend. The space has been rented out by none other than Prince, who will be holding an audition for a new drummer, hosting a jam session, and performing at six separate events at the Dakota this week.

On Wednesday, January 16, Prince will conduct two “Soundcheck” shows, which Dr. Funkenberry reports will include a new drummer audition and improvisational music. Tickets for the 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. shows are $70 each.

The next night, Thursday, January 17, Prince will lead a “Jam.” Tickets for those 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. shows range from $100-$150.

And on Friday, January 18, Prince’s shows are simply billed as “Surprise.” Those 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. shows run $250 each.

According to the Dakota, tickets for all three nights will go on sale at 11 a.m. today on their website. They also provided these details to Gimme Noise: “The kitchen will be closed all night and there will be no food available for purchase. Cameras and cell phones will not be allowed inside.”

Leave it to Prince to pop this news when we least expected it. The Dakota’s calendar is empty through Tuesday of next week, so there’s a chance that he might end up playing more than just these six shows, too. I’ll keep this post updated with all the latest.

To add to the oddity of this announcement, word has it that Prince picked the Dakota rather than jamming at his own Paisley Park because that space was already rented out by the band fun. The band will be launching their latest tour next Wednesday at Roy Wilkins, and will be using Paisley Park as their own private rehearsal space.

One has to wonder if these six Prince shows are a lead-up to a full-fledged tour, though that would be yet another curveball from the Purple One; lately, he’s been known to hole up in one city or region at a time and play a run of consecutive dates (see: Welcome 2 America, Welcome 2 Chicago, etc.). If his Twin Cities stint drags on, it could evolve into Prince’s long-awaited Welcome 2 Minnesota tour–except that the name has already been taken, so he’d have to call it something else.


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=163000558 Elizabeth Brazen

    Haha, awesome. ^_^

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  • http://twitter.com/JamesKLambert James K. Lambert

    Prince tickets not on sale yet. Giving odd times on the Dakota site (5:51 CST, 5:55 CST). Probably need to keep checking back all day.

    • Chris

      How can they torture me like this!?

      • http://twitter.com/JamesKLambert James K. Lambert

        You’re not alone.

  • Craig

    I’m seeing Prince on Friday!

    • http://twitter.com/JamesKLambert James K. Lambert

      Lucky you. I got shut out.

      • thechimes

        ditto. all 6 shows.

      • Craig

        I’d say sorry, but I don’t think it will help much, huh?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jbirdworrell Jason Worrell

    How can one (drummer) audition for this?– Or has the roster already been picked?— If Prince would only allow me the chance. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvj0tULwT58)

  • thechimes

    gahhhh … i’m keeping my eyes peeled for a show after the weekend. i finally realized my love for the purple one might equal my love for the gloved one (last week actually … it’s on my blog). want to go wed but I’m in Iowa.

  • carl

    In the 1980s people lined up at First Ave on just a rumor of Prince playing. Turns out it was true in March 1986 when I lined up with hundreds of others. 3 dollar cover charge. 2.5 hour concert. I’d say my 3 dollars was worth it.

  • Terry

    What a bunch of crap. On sale at 11…not. Then give times at 5:51pm. All of a sudden I see the green buy button lit up, go to buy and they’re all gone. Nice operation being run over there. Seems like they needed time to call all their friends and tell them the secret time they went on sale. They’re already on Craigslist. SCAM!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/ecomSara Sara Savoy

    Dakota Jazz Club is on my shit list. This was HORRIBLE. What a bunch of baloney. The system was broken for those that logged in at 11 and then they were “sold out”. Now they are all over Craigslist. What the hell!!?

  • Sara

    Prince should consider giving a concert to raise money for the Minnesota Orchestra, as Kid Rock did in Detroit. With a bigger venue and so many fans shut out of the Dakota concerts, he could help save another one of Minnesota’s musical treasures.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688361000 Jill Primous

    We need a Prince website back!!!!

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