A tribute to Prince in the state of Minnesota – a traveller’s guide

This year saw the passing of music legend and beloved public figure, Prince. Recently his family announced a public tribute concert in his home of Minneapolis. The concert will take place on October 13th. If you are attending, or simply want to experience the hometown of Prince anytime, here is a guide to the seven things to do in the Twin Cities (seven was Prince’s favourite number) to celebrate Prince’s life and music.

7 Things to Do to Celebrate Prince in Minnesota

 

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First Avenue

This ex-Greyhound depot is now a hub for Minneapolis’ live music scene. Prince often performed there, and in 1983 the album version of the song “Purple Rain” was recorded there live. Learn more.

Glam Slam

The Glam Slam nightclub, which is no longer in existence, once inhabited the building at 110 N. Fifth Street. In 1990 it premiered Prince’s movie, “Graffiti Bridge.”

Sound 80

This recording studio has a long history of musical firsts. It engineered and released the first digital recording. Prince recorded there in the late ‘70s.

Paisley Park

Fans have been paying tribute to Prince by lining the fence around his property, Paisley Park, with flowers and other memorials. Paisley Park was Prince’s home, recording studio and sometimes performance venue.

7847 Audubon Road.

Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant

Prince was known to frequent this local club, and to support local musicians. In 2013 he performed a set of sold out shows there.

Learn more.

The Electric Fetus

Browse this record store and walk in the footsteps of Prince, who often frequented the store.

Capri Theater

This is the only remaining movie house in North Minneapolis. It was the site of Prince’s first concerts as a solo artist in January 1979. The theater hosts films, and other events.

Artists have also paid tribute to Prince, on the public walls in the city of Minneapolis. Artist Rock “Cyfi” Martinez has painted a mural at 26th and Hennepin behind the Sencha Tea Building. New Zealand artist Graham Hoete also painted a 40-foot mural of prince on the west wall of the Chanhassen Cinema where Prince watched movies.

Explore on your own, or book a tour with WaconiaVille Tours, which visits many of the sites listed here. For more information, visit exploreminnesota.com

Thank you to exploreminnesota.com for this guide.

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