Prince wows a packed house with instrumental jams

9:14 AM, Jan 17, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - The Dakota Jazz Club was packed with fans Thursday night ready to see The Purple One during the second of six shows Prince scheduled in the intimate 300-person venue.

He kicked off the show promptly at 11 p.m. and got the crowd warmed up by doing a walk-through of the entire club with his six piece horn section - leading the way with a white bedazzled walking cane.

The night was vaguely billed as a drummer audition and after about three songs through it became clear this was a going to be a performance dedicated to showing off each of Prince's virtuoso band members.

The show ended up being an hour and a half jam session with Prince motioning for different players to come forward for some solo time. Prince played the whole time on stage alternating between his guitar and keyboards. No Prince songs were played and there was no singing. In fact, Prince said about ten words the whole performance - mostly to tell the crowd to get up and dance or yell cues to his fellow band members.

Because he is known for his look as much as his music, it must be noted what Prince chose to wear. For this show, he went with a black and white ensemble (one pant leg white, the other black), 70s-inspired shades and gold shoes complete with red flashing lights in the heels. Very rock star.

Prince is scheduled to play two more shows at the Dakota on January 17 as well as January 18. All are sold out.

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