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American Heart Association joined Bobby Z and Friends

Rock the 3rd annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life! on June 28

First Avenue Celebrated 30th Anniversary of Purple Rain in Style!

From rap to R&B, Gospel to rock – an eclectic group of Minneapolis musicians spanning three decades came together to play the iconic soundtrack to Purple Rain in its birthplace.

It was hot, it was literally down pouring "purple" rain, but folks from around the globe came to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the GRAMMY and OSCAR-winning soundtrack/movie and filled First Avenue.

Musicians included:

  • Brian Setzer, a last minute addition, opened the show when Slug's flight was delayed
  • Minneapolis rapper Slug (aka Sean Daley), half of the hip hop group Atmosphere heated up First Ave with "Let's Go Crazy"
  • Apollonia Kotero, Purple Rain actress, in her return to First Avenue for the first time since the film was released 30 years ago, hosted the VIP Reception and sang "Take Me With U"
  • Dr. Fink, keyboardist from The Revolution, reflected on the making of the movie
  • Eric Leeds, sax player
  • “St. Paul” Peterson, singer with The Time
  • Sounds of Blackness, Minneapolis’s GRAMMY-winning ensemble, took "When Doves Cry" to a new level
  • Paris Bennett, American Idol alumna, put her spin on "Baby I'm a Star"

This uniquely Minnesota event was the third installment of the evolving annual “Benefit 2 Celebrate Life! Bobby Z & Friends” charity concert series to raise funds and heart-health awareness for his organization, My Purple Heart, and the American Heart Association, in honor of the third anniversary of Z's near-fatal heart attack.

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3rd Annual
Benefit 2 Celebrate Life
A Success

30th Anniversary of Purple Rain celebrated in Style at First Ave on June 28

Donate to American Heart Association

Support Bobby's efforts to fund research with the American Heart Association

Bobby Z, with wife Vicki, hosted the Twin Cities Heart Walk where 25,000 walkers gathered to
raise over $2.5 million for heart disease research.


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