Time to pull your frilly purple pajamas out of the drawer again. Prince has announced another two-night party at Paisley Park in Chanhassen this Friday and Saturday nights, and this time he’s telling everyone to “bring yo jammies.”
Word of the weekend bash was sent via the @Prince3EG Twitter account Thursday with a virtual flier featuring a painting of Prince’s quirky but quite bad-ass new bassist, Dwayne “Mono Neon” Thomas, along with a bunch of gibberish party slogans. For example: “Anything can happen / Help yo self 2 some cheesecake funk… 007;” and in regards to the dress code, “Free style lead / Only square follow.”
More usefully, the flyer also notes the parties start at 10 p.m., and the cover charge will be $40.
As always, the who, what and how are not clear performance-wise. Prince played lengthy sets three weekends in a row last month with a new configuration of backing musicians that also includes 3rdEyeGirl guitarist Donna Grantis, drummer Kirk Johnson and saxophonist Adrian Crutchfield. However, over three nights on Labor Day weekend he similarly charged $40 and billed it as a dance party, but he never really performed.
He did perform at the prior Paisley pajama parties back in 2013, when he hosted an early-morning brekfast jam with 3rdEyeGirl complete with Dave Chappelle-worthy pancakes.
Friday's party will coincide with a special broadcast of a 20-minute medley/mash-up of his hits on 89.3 the Current dubbed "Crazy 2 Cool," which was recorded live in Paris last year and can be heard at 5 and 10 p.m. Central Time. For Saturday's shindig, he's promising to play a new recording of a live acoustic performance, "Oui Can Luv," starring his protege Andy Allo and featuring Prince on guitar. The latter will also be available for streaming on Tidal.