Erykah Badu, Nikka Costa To Play Prince Shindig

Erykah Badu, Common, Nikka Costa shows also part of June 11-17 festivities.

Last summer, the artist formerly known as The Artist held “Prince: A Celebration,” a weeklong shindig to commemorate changing his name back to Prince. This year he’s doing it again, just because.

Although he turns 43 on June 7, Prince’s Web site says this year’s June 11-17 event isn’t about his birthday. Whatever the occasion, fans who pay $70 for a weeklong pass will gain access to the normally off-limits Paisley Park complex, where they can hear Prince’s upcoming album, The Rainbow Children, as well as entry to nightly performances by the likes of Erykah Badu, Common, Nikka Costa and Alicia Keys.
After-parties will run into the wee hours on a sound stage in the Chanhassen, Minnesota studio. Last year’s bashes found Prince milling about the crowd or observing proceedings from his private box.

The listening sessions will be followed by group discussions that will be filmed for an upcoming documentary, according to Prince’s publicist.

To cap the festivities, Prince and his latest group, NPG, also will play the Xcel Energy Center in nearby St. Paul on June 15 and 16, with special guests to be announced.

Tickets for “Prince: A Celebration” are available at www.npgonlineltd.com. The $70 pass covers all events, and separate tickets to the Xcel Energy Center shows will not be available.