On Friday, May 6, 102.3 RadioFree KJLH joined with the City of Los Angeles to present the official City of Los Angeles Memorial and Tribute to Prince Rogers Nelson. The event was a magnanimous success, attracting an estimated 15,000 Prince fans from not only the Los Angeles area, but also from all over the nation. The event generated widespread media coverage and even some international press.
The event took place on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall and was a heartfelt presentation that featured live music by a lineup of music notables backed by a ridiculously outstanding house band made up of some great players including some of Prince’s New Power Generation. Our MD was the Grammy nominated Andrew Gouche who was Prince’s last bass player. NPG Alumni Morris Hayes, Kat Dyson, Cassandra O’Neal, and Philip Lassiter were essential members of the band making the spirit and essence of the music wholly authentic.
We coupled this house band with an awesome lineup of vocalists: Marva King, B. Slade, Deitrick Haddon, Eric Benet, Aloe Blacc, Timotha Lanae, Rahsaan Patterson, Sebu Simonian, Faith Evans. They all sang selections from Prince’s awesome discography while our roster of world class DJ’s played more songs. It was an incredibly exciting and spiritual tribute giving Prince fans a much needed opportunity to celebrate the life and musical legacy of this music genius. (Greg Johnson, KJLH)