Purple Block Party kicks off summer in downtown Minneapolis with live entertainment and light show in honor of Prince |

Crown Our Prince In Lights Ceremony to showcase the completed 100ft Prince Mural located at Ramp A

MINNEAPOLIS, May 28, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Prince’s new official 100ft mural is underway and should be completed and sealed just in time for the Purple Block Party celebration scheduled for Thursday, June 2. Ramp A in Downtown Minneapolis will not only be the home of the mural, but also the scene of the Purple Block Party. (Ramp A is located at the southwest corner of 1st Avenue and 8th Street).

“The Purple Block Party is going to be epic,” said Sharon Smith Akinsanya, Group CEO Rae Mackenzie. “Everyone knows Prince was an iconic entertainer and was known for throwing legendary parties. June 2we will light Downtown Minneapolis purple and “party like it’s 1999″. Prince wouldn’t have it any other way.”

The block party will begin at 7 p.m. with DJ Mickey Breeze. A native of St. PaulDJ Mickey Breeze has been at the mural site (Ramp A) every day, playing music for the public while Hiero Veiga paints. He curated a funk playlist to “get the party moving.”

KMOJ chantel sings and Walter “Q-Bear” Banks will host the evening. The big performance is the legendary Dr. Mambo’s Combo. Known for their Prince covers, they have been paying homage to Prince through music since the 80s.

“It’s time to party,” said Joan Vorderbruggen, public art consultant. “I remember what it was like to be in Paisley Park at 2, 3, 4 in the morning and still dancing. Although we didn’t stay out until 4amwere going dancing.”

Organizers Smith-Akinsanya and Vorderbruggen are emphasizing the ceremony to officially unveil the mural as the focal point of the night. The Purple Light Show will be a unified display of downtown businesses turning their outdoor lighting purple at the same time around 9 p.m. Thursday, June 2.

“We can’t wait to see the city celebrate Prince and this fantastic new mural,” said Steve Cramer, President and CEO, MPLS Downtown Council. “The Purple Block Party is going to be such a fun gathering downtown, and it will help kick off a summer full of events and activities downtown. Prince always brings us together and shows us that we share so much in common that unites us.”

The Purple Block Party will take place Thursday, June 2 of 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.. The evening is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to wear purple and come prepared to have a good time and with an appetite as food trucks will be rolling through the streets. For more information on the block party and the official Prince mural, visit: CrownOurPrince.com.

Crown Our Prince Project

The Crown Our Prince project is an initiative organized and led by Sharon Smith Akinsanya (CEO, Rae Mackenzie Group) and Joan Vorderbruggen (Public Art Consultant). Crown Our Prince has one goal: to see Prince recognized for his countless contributions to the City of Minneapolis and the state of minnesota and celebrated for his life and living legacy. To learn more, visit CrownOurPrince.com.

Media Contact

Sharon Smith AkinsanyaRae Mackenzie Group, 1 (612) 916-2673, [email protected]

SOURCE Crown Our Prince Project

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