On April 21, 2016, the American singer and music producer Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson) passed away. During his eclectic career, he won seven Grammy Awards, an Academy Award for Purple Rain, and a Golden Globe. More than awards and accolades, though, he was beloved by his millions of fans. A Prince tribute seemed the natural thing to start at businesses and tourist destinations all across the country.
- The Lowry Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota was lit up in Prince’s signature color of purple.
- Saturday Night Live devoted an entire show to playing old clips of Prince’s musical appearances and replaying old skits about Prince.
- The Empire State Building in New York City, New York went purple.
- The Capital Wheel in National Harbor, Maryland lit up in purple.
- A bar in England called the Ritzy changed their marquee to read “This is what it sounds like when doves cry. RIP Prince.”
- The City Hall dome in Baltimore, Maryland went purple and the mayor of the city tweeted that it was in honor of Prince.
- The NPR Building in Washington, DC went purple.
- The New Yorker magazine was in purple with raindrops, signifying Prince’s “Purple Rain” song.
And these are just a few of the examples of tributes that went on across the country. If you were a Prince fan (or your customers were), you might be wondering how you can honor this legendary musician. You can view some of the tweets and images below.
Lowry Ave. Bridge will be lit purple tonight as we mourn w/ the world the loss of a true artist & a beloved MN son. pic.twitter.com/y7MWelv1Hd
— Hennepin County (@Hennepin) April 21, 2016
— Radio X (@RadioX) April 21, 2016
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) April 21, 2016
Ideas for Hosting Prince Tributes
You can be sure that no matter what type of events you plan, or what type of business you own, that you have at least a few customers who are Prince fans. His music was so eclectic and cutting edge that his lyrics touched almost everyone at one point or another. Whether you found joy in his lighter lyrics, or your heart healed a little when listening to “When Doves Cry”, people everywhere knew who he is and they were startled at the loss of such a music genius.
Planning an event to honor his life and talent is as simple as understanding his favorite things, respecting that talent, and getting to word out to those who loved him and will want to participate. One of AE’s clients hosted a painting event tribute and sold out in two days.
Paint and Sip Prince Tributes
Hosting a paint and sip Prince tribute is pretty simple really. You could feature:
- Paintings in purple
- Play Prince music while people are painting
- Decorate the snack table with purple and serve purple punch and purple cupcakes
- Offer a class teaching attendees how to draw and paint a guitar or Prince’s special emblem he created that essentially means love
The key to a successful paint and sip Prince event is to really understand how much people loved Prince. As Jimmy Fallon said on Saturday Night Live:
“Larger than life, fashion, music, you couldn’t take your eyes off him. I mean, he had his own color. Who has their own color? He owns purple… The guy was just amazing. He lived his music, and… it just came through him.”
A painting tribute to Prince needs to fully understand how big of a deal the man was. Drape everything in purple, make the invites purple, and get to know his lyrics so you can come up with a painting class that memorializes him and his music.
Cooking Event Tributes
You can also pay tribute to Prince through a cooking event. He actually loved quirky foods, so you can do almost anything as far as the actual dishes you create.
According to Food Today, he was a vegan. For his dressing room, he’d request items like hummus, pita bread, trail mix, chips, salsa, veggie chips. In a song from his Emancipation album, he revealed that he loved Cap’N Crunch with soy milk.
Those foods aren’t exactly gourmet, but you can certainly start from that basis and create some amazing vegan dishes to share with your attendees and a purple dessert. If hosting an event where the participants sit and eat dinner, some obvious touches such as purple candles, napkins and purple silk tablecloths will set the tone.
Dance Class Tributes
When it comes to offering dance classes, music may be the first thing you think of. There are many Prince songs that are extremely well suited to jazz dance, such as “You Got the Look” and “Batdance”. However, keep in mind that not all of Prince’s lyrics are appropriate for all ages, so proceed with caution.
In addition to using music created by Prince for your dance event, you can ask everyone to wear purple. If your class is made up of children, ask the parents to wear purple as well.
At the end of the event, give everyone a purple balloon to release in honor of Prince’s memory. If you have the extra funds, there are services that will allow you to release doves as well, so that might be a nice touch to add.
Other Types of Events
No matter what type of event you’re hosting, you can find some small way to pay tribute to Prince.
It might be through a purple themed candy bar, an entertainer that does cover songs of Prince, or by having everyone wear purple one evening.
No matter how you decide to pay tribute, your customers who are Prince fans are sure to appreciate your admiration for the artist.
Keep registration simple and organized and you might even gain a new follower or two from the endeavor.