It was a musical event of the purple kind on April 14 and 15 when the Minneapolis band the Purple Experience made a visit to the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.
Performing nearly two dozen of Prince’s hits, B-sides, and album cuts the band – including front man Marshall who looked like the music icon – embodied Prince as they performed a musical tribute to Prince.
A whirling dervish of movement on the stage, Marshall sang, played a little guitar, and played some on the piano as he worked the packed house of fans into a near frenzy. Saying that he loved the intimate crowds, Marshall freely interacted with the crowd and inviting them to join in on the singing and to get up and dance. More than once he jumped off the stage to join the audience and on “Raspberry Beret” Marshall shared the microphone with a few fans.
After opening the show with “Uptown” fans may still be trying to heal but the Purple Experience created a non-stop party with “Controversy”, “U Got the Look”, “I Wanna Be Your Lover”, “Kiss”, “Delirious”, “Nothing Compares to You” – a song made famous by Sinead O”Conner, ”America”, “Let’s Go Crazy”, “Little Red Corvette”, “Raspberry Beret”, “Take Me With You”, “Pop Life”, “When Doves Cry”, “God”, “1999”, “I Would Die for You” and “Baby I’m a Star”. After much clapping and cheering from the crowd, Marshall returned to the stage saying…okay, we’ll do one more song. And after telling everyone to put away their phone, the band performed “Purple Rain” with some help from the audience.
Over the years the Bear’s Den Showroom has been host to some rousing performances that could rival the biggest rock concerts and with some audience member returning for the second show, the Purple Experience was easily one such show.
Marshall will return to the western New York area on April 28 when he will perform the music of Prince with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
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