Day one of Celebration 2017 at Prince’s Paisley Park! (PHOTOS)
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Day one of Celebration 2017 at Prince’s Paisley Park! (PHOTOS)

Photo credit: ©Paisley Park Studios-Steve Parke

“Prince’s Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota started Celebration 2017 today with exciting speakers and performers participating in the four days of activities. All events are being held at Prince’s historic recording sanctuary outside Minneapolis, honoring the life and legacy of the music icon Prince Rogers Nelson.

Fans from around the world arrived to enjoy four days of live music, panel discussions and special presentations highlighting Prince’s tremendous talent, influence and importance as a composer, musician, producer, live performer and filmmaker. The list of special guests includes close creative collaborators and friends spanning five decades in Prince’s life – from his childhood in North Minneapolis through to his stratospheric success.

Celebration 2017 is making history by bringing to Paisley Park musicians crossing all four decades of Prince’s performing career, from Morris Day and The Time, The Revolution, New Power Generation and 3RDEYEGIRL.

Highlights today included a panel discussion with New Power Generation (NPG) focusing on their years with Prince 1989-2000 and a surprise performance by George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, who revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk. He was Prince’s longtime friend and collaborator who helped kick start his career. He also appeared in Prince’s 1990 film Graffiti Bridge.

Friday’s programing will feature a panel and performance by The Revolution one of Prince’s backup bands who appeared in Oscar winning film Purple Rain, and performed on the best-selling album of the same name.

Highlights on Saturday will include performances by Morris Day and The Time, one of Prince’s Minneapolis based backup bands that performed at the 2017 Grammys in the Tribute to Prince. And panels focusing on Prince’s personal style, recording sessions and Paisley Park history.

Sunday will showcase 3RDEYEGIRL and NPG along with panel discussions on Prince’s early days at the famed Minneapolis music club, First Avenue.

At Paisley Park, Prince constructed and inhabited a creative reality that was wholly unique, allowing him to fluidly develop music and artistic works spontaneously and without limitation. Celebration 2017 reflects the spirit of the inaugural Prince: A Celebration event, hosted by Prince and held at Paisley Park June 7-13th, 2000. In subsequent years, Prince hosted similar immersive fan experiences at Paisley Park, first in 2001 with Prince: A Celebration “The Rainbow Children” and in 2002 with Xenophobia.

While live music and special events take place inside Paisley Park, several Minneapolis-St. Paul area landmarks are scheduled to be bathed in purple light after sundown and include U.S. Bank Stadium, IDS Center, I-35W Bridge, Hennepin County Lowry Avenue Bridge,and Target Field.  Fans are also encouraged to wear purple on April 21 and share pictures via social media using #PaisleyPark and #Celebration2017.”

Prince fans can keep up with the latest on Celebration 2017 events by following Paisley Park’s official online social platforms that include:

Facebook – www.facebook.com/OfficialPaisleyPark

Instagram – www.instagram.com/officialpaisleypark

Twitter – http://twitter.com/paisleypark

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