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St. Paul planning a big Sept. concert -- with or without Prince

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider under Music, Concert news, Minnesota musicians Updated: August 24, 2012 - 5:29 PM

 

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Prince performed in Sydney, Australia, in May. / Associated Press photo

There will be an outdoor concert somewhere in downtown St. Paul in September. This much, we have confirmed. Beyond that, though, city staff is not saying who will perform and where it’s going to be -- you know, the little details.

Rumors are circulating that Prince has been in talks with the city about the show in question, but one city staffer would not confirm if he’s even involved, and another said it’s unlikely the Twin Cities native will do the show. If Prince is indeed talking to the city, talk is cheap, and he’s still very expensive. So don’t start pulling out your purple pants until a formal agreement is struck (it hasn’t been, we’re told).

As for location, that is also still up in the air. Harriet Island would be the logical spot, especially following the successfully launched River’s Edge Festival and Mayor Coleman’s oft-stated desire to make the island more of a gathering place for residents. But other, more unique concert sites are being explored, said one of the city staffers, who said they are working “fast and furious” on trying to make the announcement by the end of next week.
 

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