Ten years ago, the local Prince fan club had a fantastic idea: an all-Prince dance party with hits, rarities and tracks by such Prince-associated groups as Vanity and the Time - nothing but funk all night long. And it was good. DJ Dredd, a resident at Metro Cafe and huge Prince fan, was the original selector, and it wasn't long before he took the parties to bigger and bigger venues and expanded the concept to "versus parties," where he would deftly blend the music of Prince back to back with a featured artist all night - think Outkast, Rick James or Madonna. A decade on, the idea still packs the Black Cat and (occasionally) the 9:30 Club on long holiday weekends, because you need extra sleep after all that dancing. This year, Dredd celebrates at the Black Cat by taking the party back to basics: Prince and his friends all night long while Robin Bell projects visuals on the sweating walls. Get there early, as there's frequently a line.
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