Daylight Saving Time may have just begun, but on April 6, it will be time to turn back the clock to 1982 and “party like it’s 1999.” The seminal album, “1999” was released by Prince in 1982, and marked the beginning of his rise to superstardom.
Sadly, Prince Rogers Nelson died April 21, 2016, but his music lives on through The Purple Xperience, a Minneapolis-based Prince tribute band set to play Rainbow Island. Sea Island Co. recently announced its first concert of the season in its Southern Grown Concert Series, and guests will be transported back to the days of big hair, bigger shoulder pads and a lot of glitter. In fact, Sandra Porter, operations programming manager for Sea Island, is encouraging concert-goers to wear their favorite 80s outfit or Prince attire.
Porter explained that because April marks the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death, organizers thought it would be the perfect month to honor him.
Attendees should expect a high-energy revue of Prince’s music that spans his entire career, and said that it is true to the work of the original artist. The group was created by Matt Fink of The Revolution, and they have been touring the country since 2011.
The Purple Xperience is fronted by Marshall Charloff, a self-taught musician, and highly respected producer and recording artist who founded the band Marshmallow Fields and has worked with members of Prince’s Revolution and performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame benefit concert. He was hand-picked by Fink to lead the group. Bandmates include keyboardist Cory Eischen, who has performed with artists from The Revolution, The Rembrandts, Soul Asylum, Mazarati and New Power Generation. The guitarist is Tracey Blake, formerly of Prince’s New Power Generation.
Performers for the June 17 show and the aforementioned Southern Grown Festival will be announced soon, but Porter said the Dec. 1 concert will feature singer Keller Williams. Williams’ music, according to his website, blends elements of bluegrass, folk, alternative rock, reggae, electronica, dance, jazz and funk.
The Southern Grown Concert Series, which runs from April through December of each year, and the Southern Grown Festival which is scheduled for Sept. 1-3 this year, began in 2014 with singer-songwriter Amos Lee. Other past performers have included Jimmy Hall, The Indigo Girls and The Marshall Tucker Band. Porter said the goal is to have four concerts annually in addition to the Southern Grown Festival.
“That first concert was very well-received and it opened the door for us to start bringing music to the Golden Isles,” Porter said. “Folks don’t have to travel to Jacksonville, Savannah, Atlanta, etc., to experience some great concerts; we are bringing them here, to our own backyard, so to speak.”