BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene
The second anniversary of Prince’s death will be commemorated in grand style at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota.
“Celebration 2018” will take place April 19-22 at Prince’s sanctuary in Chanhassen, Minn., with a slate of programming including live music, panel discussions and presentations.
Among the performers are longtime friend Sheila E.; fDeluxe (formerly known as The Family, featuring Susannah Melvoin, Eric Leeds, Jellybean Johnson and St. Paul Peterson); and a new supergroup of Paisley Park and New Power Generation musical alumni, who will make their debut at “Celebration 2018.”
Prince died on April 21, 2016, from an accidental opioid overdose.
As well, the gathering will offer an off-site event, “Prince: Live on the Big Screen,” that will be held April 21 at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The concert – which is included in a “Celebration 2018” ticket – will spotlight previously unreleased audio and video of Prince, accompanied live onstage by an ensemble who performed with him throughout his career. Individual tickets are also available at www.targetcenter.com or by calling 1-888-928-7849.
A list of guest speakers, including Sheila E., Susannah Melvoin, Eric Leeds and Mayte, will also participate in “Celebration 2018.”
Individual general admission and VIP tickets to the four-day event are on sale now at www.officialpaisleypark.com.
Celebration 2018 – Special Guest Speakers include:
Adrian Crutchfield Marcus Anderson
BK Jackson Maya McClean
Cassandra O’Neal Mayte
Chance Howard Mike Nelson
Damon Dickson Nancy Bundt
Eric Leeds Nandy McClean
Jellybean Johnson Sheila E
Josh Dunham Shelby J
Joey Rayfield St. Paul Peterson
Kat Dyson Steve Parke
Kip Blackshire Susannah Melvoin
Kirk Johnson Tony Mosley
Lynn Grissett Xavier Taplin