The Current and First Avenue to Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Prince April 21-23

Press contact: Jen Keavy, 651-290-1271

Nearly one year has passed since the world mourned the sudden and unexpected death of Minnesota's own Prince. To mark the anniversary, The Current is celebrating the life and legacy of Prince with on-air, online and live events with a weekend packed with purple, April 21-23, at the sites that mean so much to Prince fans in Minnesota and around the world - First Avenue and Paisley Park.

On Friday, April 21, tune in to The Current for a 24-hour, all-Prince playlist with hour-long deep dives into some of his best guitar solos, duets, chart hits, B-sides and more. Throughout the day, The Current's Jim McGuinn, Andrea Swensson, and Jay Gabler will be on air with live check-ins from CELEBRATION 2017 at Paisley Park. First Ave will keep the party going with the first of two late night dance parties featuring Transmission host, DJ Jake Rudh.

On Saturday, April 22, Jim McGuinn will host a special Prince-themed Teenage Kicks, from 8 a.m.- 10 a.m., Then, at noon, The Current will count down the Top 89 Prince songs, as chosen by listeners. Voting is open now at thecurrent.org. That evening, The Current presents a Memorial Street Party at First Avenue. The street party will take place on 7th Street from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. The event is free and open to all ages, but registration is required. Current fans get first access to tickets through a special pre-sale on Tuesday, April 11. Following the street party, hang out at the First Avenue Mainroom for a late-night dance party featuring DJ Shannon Blowtorch.

The weekend wraps up with a special event for Prince fans of all ages are welcome to I WOULD DANCE 4 U- A Kids Dance Party on Sunday, April 23, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at First Avenue.

A wealth of online features will complement and extend The Current's on-air programming at thecurrent.org.

EVENT TICKETS AND INFORMATION

LATE NIGHT DANCE PARTY featuring DJ ESPADA, LENKA PARIS, DJ JAKE RUDH, and DJ SMITTY
Friday, April 21, 9 p.m., doors
First Avenue Mainroom
18+ show
Tickets: $10 advance/$15 day of show
Tickets on sale to the public Wednesday, April 12, 11 a.m. Limit 2 tickets per person.

First Avenue and 89.3 The Current present MEMORIAL STREET PARTY
Saturday, April 22, 5 p.m., doors; show ends at 10 p.m.
All Ages Show
Tickets: Free, but registration is required. Tickets available for Current listeners on Tuesday, April 11, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. at first-avenue.com. Available to the public Wednesday, April 12 at 10 a.m. Entry for the Street Party is first come, first served. Registration does not guarantee admission. Limit 2 tickets per person.

LATE NIGHT DANCE PARTY featuring DJ KEEZY, DJ VERB X, SHANNON BLOWTORCH, and CLOUD
Saturday, April 22, 9 p.m., doors
First Avenue Mainroom
18+ show
Tickets: $10 advance/ $15 day of show
Tickets on sale to the public Wednesday, April 12, noon. Limit 2 tickets per person.

I WOULD DANCE 4 U- A Kids Dance Party
Sunday, April 23, 10 a.m., doors. Show ends at 3 p.m.
First Avenue Mainroom
All Ages Show
Tickets: $5 advance, $5 door (adults); FREE for kids
Adults must be accompanied by a child.
On sale to the public Wednesday, April 12 at 1 p.m.

This activity is made possible in part by the Arts and Culture Heritage Fund created by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment.

Published 2017-04-10