It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night: A Musical Tribute to Prince & Screening of Purple Rain
Friday, June 9, 2017
7:00 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
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'Party Up' with NYC Parks and the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra as we celebrate the artistry of Prince!
In celebration of what would have been Prince’s 59th birthday, The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra dips into the vault for IT’S GONNA BE A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT, a rousing remembrance under the musical direction of lifetime fan and rock-royalty-in-her-own-right, Tamar-kali. This bittersweet reflection, paced out by show-stopping bandleader Jerome Jordan, conjures B-sides, bootlegs and bonuses from over 11 album eras. With a Supergroup-backing band (including Cassandra O’Neal from the New Power Generation, Sylvia Black of Betty Black, Sharief of Sharief in Burgundy, and Mark Robohm), a parade of top-notch vocalists (such as Corey Glover of Living Colour, Gordon Voidwell of WILLS, and Doron Flake of Model Decoy), and a full slate of special guests, this soul-satisfying, booty-shaking performance will remind us all of what music can do when the people who make it are free to create outside the lines.
The concert will be followed by a screening of "Purple Rain". The film tells the story of a young musician tormented by an abusive home, a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his disgruntled band, as his star begins to rise. "Purple Rain" was Prince's acting debut and features contains extended concert sequences.
The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. The film starts at 8:30 p.m.
Know Before You Go
This film features explicit content and is rated R. You should come before 7:30 p.m. to get your spot for the movie. Please bring your own picnic blanket or chair. Food is OK, but no alcohol or smoking is permitted. All are welcome!
The concert will be at the amphitheater and the movie will be screened on the large lawn behind the Center.
NYC Parks, Black Rock Coalition