Prince tribute coming to PAC

Prince tribute coming to PAC

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Fans can relive Prince and the Revolution when The Purple Xperience comes to the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

The Purple Xperience is a five-piece group hailing from Prince’s birthplace, Minneapolis, Minnesota. They have been touring around the country since their inception in 2011 by Dr. Fink and front-man Marshall Charloff.

Lead singer Charloff styles Prince’s talent with his appearance, vocal imitation and multi-instrumental capacity on guitar and piano. He recorded with Prince on the album 94 East, where he played both keyboards and bass guitar with Prince on lead vocals.

Pepe Willie, who discovered Charloff, also was responsible for getting Prince’s career up and running. In 2009 Charloff teamed up with Dr. Fink from Prince and the Revolution and Pepe Willie from the band 94 East to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame benefit concert.

The Purple Xperience includes Tracey Blake on lead guitar, who played with New Power Generation, Sons of Almighty, Tracey Blake Project and Westside; Ron Long on bass guitar, who played with Christina Aguilera, The Backstreet Boys and 98° and recorded with John L, Larry Blackman of Cameo and Spike Lee; Ron Caron on drums, who played with the Rembrandts, Tina and the B Sides, and The Melismatics; and Cory Eischen on keys, who played with New Power Generation and Prince’s protégé group: Mazarati.

Tickets for The Purple Xperience start at $37 and are on sale at the Performing Arts Center box office, by calling 330-308-6400 or online at www.kent.edu/tuscpac. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As part of its health and safety protocols and consistent with many venues across the country, the Performing Arts Center is instituting a mask requirement for entry to the facility for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. For more information visit www.kent.edu/tuscpac/health-and-safety.

The Performing Arts Center’s 2021-22 season is sponsored by the Tuscarawas County Community Foundation.

Free and convenient parking is available for all shows. The Performing Arts Center is located on the campus of Kent State Tuscarawas at 330 University Drive NE in New Philadelphia.