Won­der, Khan wow Prince trib­ute crowd

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT - — As­so­ci­ated Press

Ste­vie Won­der and Chaka Khan had the crowd par­ty­ing like it was 1999 all over again at a trib­ute con­cert to Prince on Thurs­day night, a show fans and his fam­ily hoped would pro­vide clo­sure af­ter his death at age 57 in April of an ac­ci­den­tal painkiller over­dose. Khan brought Won­der on­stage at Xcel En­ergy Cen­ter in St. Paul, Minn., to duet on Prince’s “I Feel for You,” a 1984 hit for Khan. Won­der, wear­ing a suit and pur­ple shirt, got the sold-out au­di­ence cheer­ing with his sig­na­ture har­mon­ica riffs be­fore the two per­formed Prince’s hit “1999,” with the crowd clap­ping and danc­ing along.

On the out­door plaza be­fore the con­cert, fans wear­ing pur­ple shirts, scarves and the oc­ca­sional rasp­berry beret milled about, and some danced.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Cole­man read a procla­ma­tion declar­ing Thurs­day Prince Day in Min­nesota’s cap­i­tal. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama de­liv­ered a taped mes­sage as the con­cert opened.

Prince’s younger sis­ter, Tyka Nel­son, de­scribed the con­cert as a pub­lic memo­rial to Prince, who died at his Pais­ley Park record­ing com­plex.

“I want them to get some clo­sure,” Nel­son said of Prince’s fans. “It takes time to kind of get over it, and I see that they are grief-stricken.”

She said there “def­i­nitely” will be fu­ture con­certs.

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Chaka Khan and Ste­vie Won­der help cel­e­brate Prince’s life at a con­cert Thurs­day night in St. Paul, Minn.

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