One of the problems with so many legendary musicians dying lately is that it's tough to come up with a decent tribute to such iconic artists. While the Valentine's Day David Bowie tribute at Will's Pub hit the mark by allowing for varying interpretations of Bowie's expansive catalog, one only has to look at Lady Gaga's hacky Broadway version of Bowie – or Madonna and Stevie Wonder's milquetoast recitation of the "Purple Rain" refrain – to see how easily they can go wrong. So for this tribute party, DJs BMF, Nigel John and Andrew Spear aren't looking to replicate Prince's vibe, just celebrate it. The three big Prince fans promise five hours of nonstop jams from Prince and Prince-related artists, including hits, B-sides, bootlegs and remixes – these aren't the kind of guys to just press play on 1999 and let it go – accompanied by some of Prince's best videos mixed live. The Hideaway, recent recipients of an Andrew Spear mural commemorating the Artist, supplies a cash bar and a no-fee ATM, and a raffle with lots of cool prizes – like an Audio-Technica turntable and vinyl reissues of 1999
and Prince's eponymous 1979 album (featuring a majestic back cover photo of a naked Prince astride a winged Pegasus) from Park Ave CDs. You shouldn't have to be told this, but dressing up is encouraged, especially if your get-up is purple. You may want to skip the heels unless you can dance in them comfortably.
9 p.m. Saturday, June 4 | The Orange Studio, 1121 N. Mills Ave. | eroticcitycomesalive.eventbrite.com