Prince’s Philanthropic Side
To many Minnesotans, Prince Rogers Nelson was a larger-than-life character who transformed Minnesota’s music scene in the early 1980s with his provocative, charismatic, and engaging style. His magnum opus, “Purple Rain,” dominated the album charts for nearly one-half of 1984, and the movie opened at #1 when it opened in July 1984. He was definitely at the top of his game when he came to Washington, DC, in the fall that year, where he performed seven sold-out shows at Landover’s Capital Centre over a two-week time period. Less was known about his philanthropic side, as he remained a very private person throughout his career until his death last week, at the age of 57. While in DC for his seven-show run, he stopped off at Gallaudet University, where he performed a concert for students on campus. Learn more from Washington Post article chronicling the event.