The day Prince died was cold and rainy, lending Minnesota the perfect air of sadness and grief over the loss of one of this country’s greatest modern musicians. First Avenue music venue held dance parties in the streets for days afterward in an act of celebration and mourning. Thousands of fans flocked to his home and studio in Chanhassen in the months that followed to express their adoration.
A year on, Prince is still being mourned, and Paisley Park organizers are hosting a celebration of his life and influence on music and popular culture.
Celebration 2017 is set for April 20–23. The organizers of the event say it will “honor and celebrate” the life of Prince by “bringing together musicians, creative personnel, special guests and friends who worked closest with Prince and knew him best.”
The four-day event, hosted at Paisley Park in Chanhassen, quickly sold out of VIP tickets as far back as the New Year. General admission passes offer five hours of programming each day and exclusive concert and panel access.
Four musical acts slated to perform include the Revolution (née Prince and the Revolution), formed in Minneapolis by Prince in 1979. (The group reunited for the first time in five years last September.) New Power Generation and members of 3RDEYEGIRL are scheduled to appear. Morris Day, who was in a high school band with Prince, is expected to bring his band, the Time, to the studio as well.