A stacked cast of funk all-stars brought the extracurricular Jazz Fest celebrations on Frenchmen Street to a climactic close with the return of Purple Party: A Tribute To Prince late Sunday night.
Once again serving as the final show on Live For Live Music‘s 2022 Fest by Nite schedule, Purple Party gathered a delegation of some of today’s funkiest players to honor His Royal Badness with a fitting tribute that kept The Maison grooving into the wee hours of Monday morning.
This year’s lineup included Magic Beans’ Casey Russell (keys), The Motet’s Joey Porter (keys) and Ryan Jalbert (guitar), The Main Squeeze’s Corey Frye (vocals), The Nth Power’s Nate Edgar (bass), Rebelution saxophonist/Dark Matter bandleader Khris Royal, and singer-songwriter Lyle Divinsky along with former Turkuaz members drummer Michelangelo Carubba (Death Kings), vocalists Shira Elias and Sammi Garett, guitarist/keyboardist Craig Brodhead, and horn players Chris Brouwers (trumpet), Greg Sanderson (alto/tenor sax), and Josh Schwartz (tenor/baritone sax), a.k.a. The Horn Section. Other unannounced guests included guitarist Xavier Lynn and vocalists Kanika Moore (Doom Flamingo) and Collin Miller (The Brother Nature).
Purple Party made its debut at Jazz Fest in 2018 and has since hosted a series of acclaimed performances with various all-star lineups at Brooklyn Comes Alive, Denver’s The Big Melt, and Jazz Fest 2019. The New Orleans editions of Purple Party, in particular, have been known to turn into some of the most memorable performances of the Fest season, and this year was no exception. Falling on the final day of the final weekend final weekend of the 10-day music marathon, the celebration was a fitting end for the first Jazz Fest since 2019.
Setlist: Purple Party: A Tribute To Prince | The Maison | New Orleans, LA | 5/8/22
Set: D.M.S.R, Head Let’s Work, Controversy, Soft and Wet, I Feel For You, Just As Long As We’re Together, Sexy Dancer, Musicology, Erotic City, Lady Cab Driver, Call My Name, Partyup, Baby I’m a Star, I Wanna Be Your Lover