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In concert and conversation, Prince peers pay tribute at SXSW

“You could have been anywhere tonight,” said André Cymone onstage at Lady Bird Lake. “There’s a lot going on. But y’all are here, and we’re gonna have some f—ing fun!” To say there were a few other things happening was an understatement: it was Friday night at SXSW, one of the biggest annual music events in the […]

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André Cymone and Wyclef Jean to lead free Prince tribute at SXSW

SXSW has announced two free outdoor shows, one of which will be a Prince tribute featuring Wyclef Jean and two of Prince’s closest musical collaborators: André Cymone and Dez Dickerson. On Friday, March 17, the three will be joined by guitarist Micki Free (formerly of “Second Time Around” hitmakers Shalamar) and “more special guests TBA” […]

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Paisley Park to screen 1993 Prince concert; and, as of April, to cease hosting Friday night festivities

Paisley Park has announced tomorrow’s film screening, and has also announced that the Friday night Paisley Park After Dark events are ending as of April: events will only be held on Saturday nights, alternating between DJ nights and film screenings. Until now and, Fridays have featured weekly dance parties and Saturdays have featured film screenings. […]

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Paisley Park begins selling replicas of Prince-invented ‘Tamboracca’ instrument

Paisley Park has announced, via an e-mail to ticket buyers, that a presale for replicas of Prince’s “Tamboracca.” The Tamboraccas will run $80 each, and those interested are being encouraged to email preorders@officialpaisleypark.com for additional information. The custom yellow-and-purple instrument includes an early version of the famous Prince insignia in the center. Described as a blend of a maraca […]

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Music News: Fans buy Prince’s purple house site

Two Prince fans have paid $700,000 to purchase the Chanhassen site where Prince lived in a purple house in the first half of the 1980s. Tonia and John Roemer say the main reason for their purchase was the pleasant setting on Lake Riley, but they’re also big Prince fans, so the location is particularly meaningful to […]

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Sarah White: Prince’s gift to me – and to the world

This February, The Current is celebrating Black History Month by celebrating four artists chosen by our listeners. We’ll be playing their music on the radio and sharing features online. This week, we’re featuring Prince. I loved Prince because of what he meant to me as a Wild Black Girl growing up in the Midwest, but I […]

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Minneapolis middle school may be renamed for Prince

A student-led campaign to choose a new name for Ramsey Middle School in Minneapolis (not to be confused with the St. Paul school of the same name) has zeroed in on Prince Rogers Nelson Middle School as one of five finalists. Mathematician Dorothy Vaughan (one of the NASA scientists whose story is told in Hidden […]

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