The Black Jacket Symphony Presents: Purple Rain

The cover band brings the icon’s music to the Ames Center

The Black Jacket Symphony.

photo by rob hereth


Have we reached peak Prince nostalgia yet? Not quite. The Black Jacket Symphony comes to the Ames Center in Burnsville to remember how Minnesota’s androgynous purveyor of lascivious metaphor and synthetic funk changed pop music. The traveling cover band performs landmark albums in their entirety—from the Beatles to Fleetwood Mac. Pilgrimaging to Prince’s home state for a formal invocation of Purple Rain, plus the hits, will feel a bit like church: residents’ moral obligation to come, sit, and appreciate equaling the group’s austere dedication to replicating every musical syllable verbatim. Look for him through the purple-tinted lights and machine-generated fog.