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Photos: Prince fans gather outside First Avenue for Memorial Street Party

deM atlaS performs at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. All photos by Nate Ryan | MPR.

A year and a day after Minnesotans flocked to First Avenue to mourn the news of Prince’s death, 7th Street in Minneapolis is filled with fans once again. The Current and First Avenue have teamed up to stage a Memorial Block Party to honor Minnesota’s brightest star, and the party is going strong as locals like Proper-T (“The Beautiful Ones,” “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?”), deM atlaS (“Let’s Go Crazy,” “Little Red Corvette”) perform the hits (and B-sides).

The MB Band (NPG drummer Michael Bland, Mint Condition bassist Ricky Kinchen, keyboardist/vocalist Ryan, and guitarists Jeremy Ylvisaker and Homer O’Dell of Mint Condition) worked as a house band all night, accompanying vocalists as they tag-teamed mini-sets. Between performances, DJ Sophia Eris, DJ Shannon Blowtorch, and the Larkin Dancers kept the audience moving.

Update: After the outdoor show ended at 10 p.m., the party moved inside for a ticketed First Avenue dance party that will last until 4 a.m.

Setlist

Prairie Fire Lady Choir — Megamix
Claire de Lune — Nothing Compares 2 U
PaviElle — Pop Life, Take Me With U
Curtiss A — When You Were Mine
Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum) — I Wish U Heaven, The Cross
Proper-T — The Beautiful Ones, How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore?
Ed Bok Lee — “Will of a Prince”
Taiyon J. Coleman — poem
OneGunn & Tony Christian (of Maserati) — D.M.S.R., Kiss, She’s Always In My Hair
deM atlaS — Let’s Go Crazy, Little Red Corvette
Mark Mallman — Raspberry Beret, Delirious
Kerry Alexander (Bad Bad Hats) — I Feel For You
Adam Levy (The Honeydogs) — Soft And Wet, ?, Darling Nikki
Jack Brass Band — 7
Julius Collins — Let’s Work, Sometimes It Snows In April, Uptown
Jack Brass Band — ?
Maria Isa — Sign O The Times, 1999
Julius Collins — Purple Rain

DJ Sophia Eris at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. Claire de Lune and members of the Prairie Fire Lady Choir perform at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. PaviElle performs at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. The First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. The First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. The First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. Curtiss A at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. Curtiss A performs at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum performs at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum performs at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. The First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. Proper-T of ZULUZULUU performs at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. The First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. The First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. DJ Sophia Eris performs at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. OneGunn and Tony Christian of Mazerati perform at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. OneGunn of Mazerati performs at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. The First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. Britt Howell of Washington, D.C. watches the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. The other side of 7th Street during First Avenue’s Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. deM atlaS performs at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR.

 

Mark Mallman performs at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. Mark Mallman performs at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. DJ Shannon Blowtorch performs at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. The First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. Kerry Alexander of Bad Bad Hats at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. Bassist Ricky Kinchen of Mint Condition at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR.

 

Adam Levy performs at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. Michael Bland drums at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. The First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. Julius Collins performs at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. Julius Collins performs at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. The First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. Christine Diindiisi McCleave of Boulder, Colo. (center) dances to Prince music at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. Maria Isa performs at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. Maria Isa performs at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. Julius Collins sings “Purple Rain” at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. A fan holds up a lighter while “Purple Rain” is performed at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. Julius Collins performs at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. James Shoals (center) at the First Avenue Memorial Dance Party on April 22, 2017. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR. The party shifts inside First Avenue after sunset. Photo by Nate Ryan | MPR.
  • James Shoals

    Great time last night

  • Mike Olander

    Jack Brass Band tunes…
    First grouping: 7 – I Feel For You – I Wanna Be Your Lover
    Seconf grouping: Blue Light – D.M.S.R