Entering Paisley Park one year after the date of Prince’s death was a lot less somber than the museum tours held last fall. The urn holding his ashes, which had previously been in a display case in the center of the atrium, was moved to a spot above visitors just below the skylights. The atmosphere was less like a museum, and more like the music epicenter the artist … [Read more...]
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Legendary artist still in top form at last show (This story was originally published June 2, 2016) It was a clear departure from his previous live performances over the years, but his Thursday night concert in Atlanta is one Kenya Taylor will never forget. “The minute he walked out on stage, everybody lost it. He sat down at the piano and started singing," … [Read more...]
The Twin Cities will be full of celebrations this week to honor the life and legacy of Prince, leading up to the one-year anniversary of his passing, April 21. The celebrations will include Minneapolis landmarks lit up in purple April 20-21. Some events have already sold out, but there's still plenty of purple fun to be had around town to honor the artistic and philanthropic … [Read more...]
Over 750 rap enthusiasts sold out the Amsterdam Bar Hall in St. Paul March 15 to bear witness to one of the greatest lyricists of all time: Rakim. Rakim Allah was introduced to the world in 1986 with a classic 12-inch record entitled “Eric B. is President.” The rap duo known as Eric B. and Rakim burst on the hip hop scene with a sophisticated, methodical, street style that … [Read more...]
Tech N9ne, along with his fans, showed up and showed out at the Myth nightclub in Maplewood Friday, March 24. The venue was full of energy as Tech N9ne and his Strange Music label mates took to the stage in front of a packed house. HD-TVs displayed footage, fog machines, costume changes and technicians — Tech’s affectionate term for his fans — being carried out, jumping … [Read more...]