Janelle Monae presented the Robert Altman Award at the Independent Spirit Awards in March. / Chris Pizzello, Invision/AP

Janelle Monae presented the Robert Altman Award at the Independent Spirit Awards in March. / Chris Pizzello, Invision/AP

Good news for hometown Prince fans who didn’t get their fill of royal funk this past week: One of his most thrilling and like-minded protégés, Janelle Monáe, has finally confirmed another Minneapolis date on July 3 at the State Theatre.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 2, at 10 a.m. for $40-$65 via Ticketmaster or the theater’s box office, with online pre-sale starting a day earlier. The Kansas City native's fellow Wondaland artists Alexe Belle and Isis Valentino, aka St. Beauty, will open. She's playing here before an appearance at Summerfest in Milwaukee.

Monáe’s long-awaited third album, “Dirty Computer,” drops this Friday. Rolling Stone called the album “the strongest Prince tribute we've heard since his death.” And it turns out Prince himself helped Monae write the single “Make Me Feel” – kind of a no-duh revelation when you hear it – and he had other creative input in the record before his death.

Prince showed up as an audience member to Monae’s prior appearances in town at the Skyway Theater in 2013 – where we figured he probably hadn’t been since “Purple Rain” hit the big screen in 1984 – and at First Ave in 2010. We've been raving about her since South by Southwest 2009

Monae is returning to music after making her own successful transition to movie screens. She turned in well-received performances in the Oscar-nominated films “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight.” If you thought her a talented actress but haven't seen her in concert, though...  

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