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Prince will be remembered at Paisley Park Celebration 2018 in April

The second anniversary of Prince’s death will be commemorated in grand style at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota.

“Celebration 2018” will take place April 19-22 at Prince’s sanctuary in Chanhassen, Minn., with a slate of programming including live music, panel discussions and presentations.

Among the performers are longtime friend Sheila E.; fDeluxe (formerly known as The Family, featuring Susannah Melvoin, Eric Leeds, Jellybean Johnson and St. Paul Peterson); and a new supergroup of Paisley Park and New Power Generation musical alumni, who will make their debut at “Celebration 2018.”

Prince died on April 21, 2016, from an accidental opioid overdose .

As well, the gathering will offer an off-site event, “Prince: Live on the Big Screen,” that will be held April 21 at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The concert – which is included in a “Celebration 2018” ticket – will spotlight previously unreleased audio and video of Prince, accompanied live onstage by an ensemble who performed with him throughout his career. Individual tickets are also available at or by calling 1-888-928-7849.

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A list of guest speakers, including Sheila E., Susannah Melvoin, Eric Leeds and Mayte, will also participate in “Celebration 2018.”

Individual general admission and VIP tickets to the four-day event are on sale now at

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Celebration 2018 – Special Guest Speakers include:

Adrian Crutchfield                               Marcus Anderson

BK Jackson                                        Maya McClean

Cassandra O’Neal                              Mayte

Chance Howard                                  Mike Nelson

Damon Dickson                                  Nancy Bundt

Eric Leeds                                           Nandy McClean

Jellybean Johnson                              Sheila E

Josh Dunham                                                 Shelby J

Joey Rayfield                                      St. Paul Peterson

Kat Dyson                                           Steve Parke

Kip Blackshire                                     Susannah Melvoin

Kirk Johnson                                       Tony Mosley

Lynn Grissett                                       Xavier Taplin


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