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Paisley Park to screen 1993 Prince concert; and, as of April, to cease hosting Friday night festivities

Paisley Park has announced tomorrow’s film screening, and has also announced that the Friday night Paisley Park After Dark events are ending as of April: events will only be held on Saturday nights, alternating between DJ nights and film screenings. Until now and, Fridays have featured weekly dance parties and Saturdays have featured film screenings. […]

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Paisley Park begins selling replicas of Prince-invented ‘Tamboracca’ instrument

Paisley Park has announced, via an e-mail to ticket buyers, that a presale for replicas of Prince’s “Tamboracca.” The Tamboraccas will run $80 each, and those interested are being encouraged to email preorders@officialpaisleypark.com for additional information. The custom yellow-and-purple instrument includes an early version of the famous Prince insignia in the center. Described as a blend of a maraca […]

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Friday Five: Hippo Campus edition

This week, we received not one but two Hippo Campus videos for Friday Five (you can send your submissions to cjohnson@mpr.org). To celebrate the band’s album landmark, which came out today, we figured we’d share both new videos and a few old favorites, too. Give landmark a listen once you’ve checked out these gems. Hippo Campus, “simple season” Purple […]

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Music News: Fans buy Prince’s purple house site

Two Prince fans have paid $700,000 to purchase the Chanhassen site where Prince lived in a purple house in the first half of the 1980s. Tonia and John Roemer say the main reason for their purchase was the pleasant setting on Lake Riley, but they’re also big Prince fans, so the location is particularly meaningful to […]

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Northside gallery/community space New Rules to host ZULUZULUU on Saturday

“I’m pretty new to the neighborhood,” Nancy Musinguzi says as she walks through Northside Minneapolis space New Rules. But since she moved from New Jersey in 2014, she’s made more connections than many long-term residents, especially in the arts community. Both a hip-hop and documentary photographer and a youth engagement professional, Musinguzi now relies on […]

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Freezer Jam: Minnesota musicians to play for people jumping into an extremely cold lake

The 4onthefloor, the Last Revel, Viva Knievel, and Maiden Dixie will be “breaking the ice” for Minnesotans at this year’s first annual Freezer Jam on March 4. It’s an outdoor music concert hosted at the Minneapolis Polar Plunge, where patrons willingly jump into ice cold water to raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota. The first Minnesota Polar […]

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Sarah White: Prince’s gift to me – and to the world

This February, The Current is celebrating Black History Month by celebrating four artists chosen by our listeners. We’ll be playing their music on the radio and sharing features online. This week, we’re featuring Prince. I loved Prince because of what he meant to me as a Wild Black Girl growing up in the Midwest, but I […]

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Minnesota musicians playing living-room shows to benefit ACLU

Batteryboy are an eclectic group of Minnesota musicians who mix folk-influenced arrangements with driving rock attitude. Their frontman Cobey Rouse has recently began a project to help bring communities together using what he does best, music. The ComeToUnity Artists & Action Concert Series was created by Rouse in collaboration with Tim Cheesebrow (also a musician) […]

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