Minnesota Music Scene Reacts to Death of Prince

2016 has claimed another alternative music legend today as it has been reported that Minneapolis pop icon Prince passed away early this morning at the age of 57. He was found at his Paisley Park Studios residence just outside of the twin cities and his death was confirmed shortly after by publicist Yvette Noel-Schure.

The official cause of death has yet to be revealed however many are speculating the same illness that forced him to delay a recent show in Atlanta and then make an emergency plane landing in Iowa before returning home to rest.

It could be argued that Minneapolis would not be the powerhouse of music, art, and culture, it is today without Prince and his contribution to the world with his brand of fantastically weird and creative art. He was well known for his outrageous style and behavior, and his music complimented that perfectly. Whether it was alternative, R&B, pop, or whatever he felt like that day, Prince made it his own and funneled as much passion as one could into it. He fought hard for his art. He kept true to his vision despite what labels or critics may say against it. In doing so he captivated the world, became a pop-culture icon, and put Minneapolis back on the map in the world of music and art.

Much like David Bowie who passed earlier this year, Prince showed the world that it was okay to be weird and march to your own beat and never be apologetic about doing so. He was an inspiration to not only the Minnesota scene, but to the world, and his legacy will continue to inspire for generations to come.

Local musicians took to social media today to share their thoughts on the purple one’s passing…

Local promoter and owner of 513 Music Group, Bobby Kalton…

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Minneapolis metal group At Mourning’s End

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Minnesota-native folk singer Dustin Thomas

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Minneapolis venue First Avenue

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Alternative band Infinite Me

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Artist and musicians group Northbound Collective

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Tyler Filler of Nanashi

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Jay Thomas of StillBreather

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and finally, Grayson DeWolfe of Time Atlas

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