Make sure to pack your purple, Jazz Fest-goers, as an all-star tribute to Prince will hit New Orleans on Sunday, May 6th, featuring members of Prince‘s band, Turkuaz, The Main Squeeze, The Motet, Snarky Puppy, Thievery Corporation, Allen Stone, The Magic Beans, and Mama Magnolia. This stacked tribute set, known as the Purple Party, will close out Jazz Fest with a late-night dance party on Sunday, May 6th at the Maison on Frenchmen Street immediately following Joey Porter‘s tribute to Herbie Hancock.
Without question, Prince is one of the most revered artists of our time. His huge catalog of mega-hits and ultra-funky deep cuts is lionized, and will provide the ultimate musical platform for this one-off supergroup to let loose. Without question, the band is an embarrassment of riches: vocalist Corey Frye of The Main Squeeze, guitarist Ryan Jalbert and vocalist Lyle Divinsky of The Motet, bassist Dwayne “MonoNeon” Thomas Jr. of Prince’s band, drummer Robert “Sput” Searight, saxophonist Chris Bullock, and trumpeter Mike “Maz” Maher from Snarky Puppy, vocalists Sammi Garett and Shira Elias of Turkuaz, keyboardist Steve Swatkins of Allen Stone’s band, percussionist Jeff Franca of Thievery Corporation, and Megan Letts of Mama Magnolia will all take part in this special tribute set. Casey Russell, keyboardist for up-and-coming Colorado jam band The Magic Beans, will act as musical director, steering the ship as this 13-piece super group delivers the best of Prince’s extensive catalog.
Russell is excited to bring this tribute set to life, explaining to L4LM that he “cannot wait to play some of my favorite music, in my favorite city, at my favorite festival with some of the baddest musicians around.” He went on to express that “for me, the late night scene is the heart of Jazz Fest, there’s so much musical energy flowing all throughout the city!” A proud Minnesotan, Russell promised to “bring the Purple funk from my hometown of Minneapolis, all the way down the Mississippi River to New Orleans to close out Jazz Fest with a bang!”
Everyone in attendance is encouraged to get into the theme and wear purple in celebration of Prince!
Date: Sunday, May 6th, 2018 (technically early AM May 7th)
Time: Doors – 1:30 am // Show – 2:00 am
Artist: Live For Live Music & NolaFunk Present: Purple Party – A Tribute To Prince Feat. Members Of Prince, The Motet, Turkuaz, Snarky Puppy, The Main Squeeze, Thievery Corporation, Allen Stone, The Magic Beans, & Mama Magnolia.
Venue: Maison – 508 Frenchmen St., New Orleans, LA 70116
Tickets: Early-Bird – $25 // General Admission – $30 // VIP – $50 (VIP ticket gains access to VIP balcony, private bar and expedited entry into the venue) — [Buy Tickets]