This year has been especially tough for music fans. First there was the news in January that David Bowie had died, followed by the Eagles’ Glenn Frey; Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane; Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White; Beatles producer George Martin; Emerson, Lake & Palmer keyboardist Keith Emerson; A Tribe Called Quest’s Malik Taylor, better known as Phife Dawg; and country legend Merle Haggard. Then, at the end of April, Prince was found dead in his Minnesota home. Together, the world grieved. But next Wednesday, the Big Dipper, along with radio station KYRS, plans to celebrate the life of his Royal Purpleness, Prince Rogers Nelson, by throwing a giant dance party. Expect to hear the multitalented musician’s tunes all night long, with the help of DJs DX Pryme and Big Moe.
— Laura Johnson