The legend of Prince will live on for years and years to come, as we continue to find unreleased contents of his life in the most surprising of places. The musician’s talents extend far beyond his own discographies of music, having performed with greats like Miles Davis, Michael Jackson and James Brown, Tom Petty and Steve Winwood, and so, so many more. In 2014, he even held a private concert with Kendrick Lamar at his own Paisley Park Studios.
The show was completely improvised, boldly bridging a gap between funk, hip-hop, rock, and several eras of popular music. Lamar and Prince exchange verses before an all-female band, delivering a funk jam that’s so heavy, we can’t help but keep our fingers crossed for more. The inter-generational combination of artistry here is exciting, with the talents of the To Pimp A Butterfly multi-Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist mixing so fluidly with the Purple One’s unparalleled level of funkitude. Together, they’re pretty rock-and-roll.
Hopefully, somewhere deep in the files of Prince’s recently opened vault, there’s more where this came from:
On Sunday, April 30, Prince, and the many incredible artists that we lost in 2016, will be honored in New Orleans during Jazz Fest for a “Funk 2016: A Tribute To Musicians We Lost” tribute concert at the Howlin’ Wolf. Prince, David Bowie, George Michael, Maurice White, Phife Dawg, and more will all be honored with musical collaborations from Michelangelo Carubba, Shira Elias, Sammi Garett, Craig Brodhead, and the entire horn section from Turkuaz, along with Joey Porter, Garrett Sayers, and Lyle Divinsky of The Motet, D.J. Williams of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Danny Mayer of the Eric Krasno Band, Steveland Swatkins of Allen Stone’s band, Khris Royal and Maurice “Mobetta” Brown.
The Revivalists side project RumpleSTEELskin will open the night, while Brooklyn’s own The London Souls will perform a special super-late-night performance in The Den immediately following the Fu*k 2016 tribute set. Make no mistake, this is sure to be one of the biggest throwdowns during Jazz Fest!
Tickets for this special late-night performance are on sale NOW at this link!