Where to commemorate Prince in the Twin Cities this weekend


If you missed Thursday night's epic, curfew-shattering memorial dance party for Prince at First Avenue, never fear. The purple people of the Twin Cities have already put together a myriad of tributes to the late, great artist so that you can go crazy all weekend.


First Avenue

While they haven't confirmed any official tribute details yet, DJ collective Get Cryphy will be carrying over the leftover energy from Thursday's Prince blowout with one of their signature dance parties in the 7th Street Entry. DJs Plain Ole Bill, LastWord, Jimmy 2Times and DJ Fundo are all local cats with a deep respect for Prince's legacy, as seen by their twitter activity yesterday.



After Husker Du legend Bob Mould finishes up in the Mainroom, First Avenue will start night two of their all-night dance party at 1:30 a.m. in the venue's Mainroom. DJs Lenka Paris, Cloud, and DJ Smitty will man the ones and twos.

Get Cryphy is $12, 18+ and starts at 10 p.m. All-night dance party is Free, 18+, and starts at 1:30 a.m.

Mill City Nights 

The Love Below is a retro-minded R&B dance party headed up by local upstarts DJ Keezy and DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip, and they've completely reworked their playlist to pay homage to the godfather of modern R&B. They'll be rocking Prince jams in the Nether Bar with guests Mica Mary Jane, Alibaster Jones and DJ Death Ro. Free, 21+, 10 p.m.



Trendy Whittier restaurant Nightingale regularly invites DJs to spin until the wee hours on weekends. Local DJ and avowed Prince superfan Danny Sigelman will be busting out his extensive vinyl collection of the artists' various works. Free, 21+, 10 p.m.

Kitty Cat Klub

Brian Engel and his band of crate-digging vinyl lovers normally stuff their Hipshaker dance night full of retro soul and funk from the most obscure artists they can find. This time the DJ trio is paying homage to Prince. Brian Engel had this to say on the group's Facebook page.

"We didn't play Prince at Hipshaker, because we wanted to highlight all the other wonderful Soul and Funk artists, particularly from the 1960s to mid seventies, really. But We love Prince. He is pure total Minnesota!!"

Hipshaker costs $5, is 21+, and starts at 10 p.m.


Target Field Station

Go Radio (Alternative station 96.3 and newly-minted hip-hop channel 95.3) and the Minnesota Twins are hosting a viewing of "Purple Rain" at Target Field Station! Starting at 6:30 p.m., Prince tunes and food and drink. The feature presentation begins at 8 p.m. The screening is free and open to the public. Purple attire suggested.

First Avenue

The final night of First Avenue's 3-day, all-night dance-party kicks off at 1:30 a.m. and features DJ's Roy Freedom, Slamdunkapher, DJ Verb X and DJ Don Greene. Free, 21+, 1:30 a.m.


Minneapolis City Hall

The Minneapolis City Hall tower bells will play “Kiss,” “1999,” “Nothing Compares 2 U” and “When You Were Mine” on Sunday afternoon. Although the bells are audible all over downtown, the city recommends the Federal Courthouse and Hennepin County Government Center plazas. 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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