Purple Party: A Tribute To Prince will return to New Orleans for a night of dance, music, sex, and romance to help close out the final weekend of Jazz Fest 2023. The running homage to the trailblazing musical and cultural contributions of The Purple One is set to take place after midnight at The Howlin’ Wolf on the final night of the 2023 Jazz Fest season, Sunday, May 7th (technically early a.m. May 8th). Tickets are on sale here.

Led once again by keyboardist Casey Russell (Magic Beans), this year’s fifteen-piece Purple Party lineup will feature all seven core members of Cool Cool Cool including Craig Brodhead (guitar, keys), Michelangelo Carubba (drums), Shira Elias (vocals), and Sammi Garett (vocals) as well as trumpeter Chris Brouwers and saxophonists Josh Schwartz and Greg Sanderson, otherwise known as The Horn Section. The celebration of Prince will also feature Pretty Lights drummer Alvin Ford Jr., The Nth Power bassist Nate Edgar, Rebelution saxophonist/Dark Matter bandleader Khris Royal, The Motet’s Joey Porter (keys) and Ryan Jalbert (guitar), singer-songwriter Lyle Divinsky, and vocalist Erica Falls.

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Purple Party made its debut at Jazz Fest in 2018 and went on to host acclaimed performances with various all-star lineups at Brooklyn Comes Alive and Denver’s The Big Melt. The Prince celebration made its way back to New Orleans in 2019 and, after two pandemic-prompted years away, returned once again in 2022. The Jazz Fest editions of Purple Party, in particular, have been known to turn into some of the most memorable performances of the Fest season. Falling in the late-night hours on the final day of the final weekend of the marathon two-weekend stretch, Purple Party regularly attracts talented players from around town for one final go-around.

Get excited for the party by checking out photos from 2022’s New Orleans edition here or watching a video of the Prince-themed dance party from Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018 below.

Purple Party – “D.M.S.R.” (Prince) – Brooklyn Comes Alive – 9/29/18

Tickets for Purple Party: A Tribute To Prince on Sunday, May 7th, 2023 (technically early a.m. May 8th) at The Howlin’ Wolf in New Orleans, LA are now on sale here. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for full show details.

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This show is part of a long, varied list of concerts as part of Live For Live Music’s Fest by Nite series during New Orleans Jazz Fest 2023. The series is set to begin during weekend one of Jazz Fest with The Nth Power‘s Tribute to The Gap Band featuring members of Dumpstaphunk and more at Toulouse Theatre (Friday, 4/28, 12:30 a.m.), TAUK‘s Parliament-Funkadelic vs. Sly and the Family Stone celebration featuring Kanika MooreAntwaun Stanley, and The Horn Section at Toulouse Theatre (Saturday, 4/29, 9:00 p.m.); The Funk Sessions featuring members of LettuceGalactic, and more at Toulouse Theatre (Saturday, 4/29, 1:00 a.m.); SPAGA Plays Dead at Toulouse Theatre (Sunday, April 30th, 8:00 p.m.); and Maurice “MOBETTA” Brown & Friends at Toulouse Theatre (Sunday, April 30th, 1:00 a.m.).

During the “Daze Between” Jazz Fest’s two weekends, music fans in New Orleans can also take part in the fun at Daze Between New Orleans, a two-day music festival at Faubourg Brewery on Tuesday, May 2nd and Wednesday, May 3rd featuring four sets of Goose over two nights in addition to performances by Tank and the BangasLawrenceNeal FrancisDavid ShawGeorge Porter Jr. & Runnin’ PardnersEggyMeltHoney Island Swamp BandJ & The Causeways, and The Quickening. A portion of proceeds from the Daze Between New Orleans will benefit New Orleans nonprofit organizations via Rex Foundation. Find ticketing information via the festival website.

The Fest by Nite programming will continue through the “Daze Between” and into weekend two with Daze by Nite featuring members of Lettuce, Lawrence, Dumpstaphunk, and more with Eggy at The Howlin’ Wolf (Tuesday, 5/2); The Daze Between Band at Tipitina’s (Wednesday, 5/3 – SOLD OUT); a Steely Dan Tribute featuring members of Cool Cool Cool, The Nth Power, The Motet, and more at The Howlin’ Wolf (Thursday, May 4th, 1:00 a.m.); Poppa Funk & The Night Tripper: A Tribute to Art Neville & Dr. John at The Civic Theatre (Friday, 5/5, 9:00 p.m.); two nights of The Disco Biscuits at the Mahalia Jackson Theater (Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th); an LP Giobbi Dead House Dead & Company after-party at The Howlin’ Wolf with special guest Yesmann (Saturday, May 6th, 9:00 p.m.); and Warship My Organs at The Howlin’ Wolf (Saturday, May 6th, 1:00 a.m.).

Check out the gallery below for a running list of concerts included in the 2023 edition of Live For Live Music’s Fest by Nite series in New Orleans during Jazz Fest. For an updating list of announcements and ticketing details, head here. Follow Live For Live Music on social media to stay updated on new additions to the series as Jazz Fest approaches.


Show: Live For Live Music & GMP Live Present: Purple Party: A Tribute To Prince

Band: Craig Brodhead, Chris Brouwers, Michelangelo Carubba, Lyle Divinsky, Shira Elias, Nate Edgar, Erica Falls, Alvin Ford Jr., Sammi Garett, Ryan Jalbert, Joey Porter, Khris Royal, Casey Russell, Greg Sanderson, Josh Schwartz

Date: Sunday, May 7th, 2023 (technically early a.m. May 8th)

Venue: The Howlin’ Wolf – 907 S Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Time: Doors at 12:00 a.m. / Music at 1:00 a.m.

Tickets: General Admission (Advance): $30–$35 / General Admission (Day of Show): $40 / VIP: $70