Yesterday was a tragic day for music as the legendary Prince passed away at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park residence. Fans around the world gathered together in remembrance of the man whose true artistry inspired people to feel comfortable in their own skin. No place on earth was hit as hard as Prince’s home state of Minnesota as thousands gathered in the streets next to First Avenue, the venue Prince made famous through his 1984 film “Purple Rain.”
Local artists came together last night, April 21st, for an impromptu concert put together by local radio station The Current. With thousands of people taking the streets, fans erupted into “Purple Pain” among other Prince classics. The scene was described as electric and inspiring, local PBS affiliate TPT captured video of this special moment which you can watch below.
From there the party continued inside the famed venue as an all-night dance party took place from 11p.m. to 7a.m. with Prince’s music being spun by local DJ’s, a tribute Prince would have been proud of. Often hosting parties at Paisley Park for local fans and residents, Prince was regarded as much more than a local celebrity in Minneapolis. He started the ‘Minnesota sound’ and gave local artists a platform to reach from.
The scene was somber but commemorative outside First Avenue this morning around 9 as a crowd of 50 or so were congregated. People laughed, cried and sang while reading memorial notes and taking pictures beside his famed star outside the historic venue. Flowers, guitars and a “Purple Rain” vinyl sat on the sidewalk as one women spoke of the diverse audience Prince appealed to, we looked around to see people of all ages and ethnicities gathered beside us. There’s just something about Prince’s character that inspired those gathered to speak on what he stood for, his love for local fans and his legacy that will always be remembered at First Avenue and throughout Minnesota.