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Questlove to Host Prince Tribute at Brooklyn Bowl Thursday

By Rachel Holliday Smith | April 21, 2016 3:40pm | Updated on April 21, 2016 4:42pm
 Prince, performing in 2004.
Prince, performing in 2004.
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They’re throwing a party for Prince in Brooklyn tonight.

To honor the life of the music legend, who died in Minneapolis at age 57, one of his biggest fans is turning his weekly DJ night at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg into an impromptu memorial celebration.

Questlove, a famously avid Prince fan who once taught a class on his music at NYU, has been hosting the "Bowl Train" event at the Wythe Avenue venue for years. And now he's dedicating it to his musical hero.

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After news broke about Prince's passing, Questlove posted an image of the artist's iconic symbol on Instagram with the caption “2nite,” a time (11 p.m.), Brooklyn Bowl's location and the ticket price — $10.



A photo posted by Questlove Gomez (@questlove) on

Earlier in the day, Questlove took to Twitter, along with many other New Yorkers, to express his grief over Prince’s passing, saying “I can’t f-cking breathe right now.”

Talib Kweli was originally scheduled to perform at the venue Thursday, but staff from Brooklyn Bowl said he will not be part of the Questlove event.

Kweli said earlier in the day he was planning a set with a distinctly purple hue:

The bowling alley and performance space tweeted that those with tickets to the Kweli performance can use them to attend the Prince tribute, instead, or get a refund at the "point of purchase."

As the news of Prince’s death broke, the Williamsburg venue published a photo of the star, saying “The world has lost another legend.”

Director Spike Lee also announced on Instagram that he would host an 8 p.m. party called "PRINCE We Love You Shockadelic Joint" at 40 Acres at 75 S. Elliot Place between DeKlab and Lafayette avenues in Fort Greene. Lee said it would be "a celebration of his life. We will dance, sing and shout to his music." He also asked partygoers to wear purple.