Jerome Benton

Jerome Benton

The Time’s Jerome Benton will host the PRN Alumni Foundation and MidAmerica Talent Purple Paisley Cocktail Party & Panel.

The event features an author’s panel and a live performance by Ingrid Chavez and takes place Saturday (April 27) inside UMBRA Bites & Pours at Canopy by Hilton, 708 3rd St. S. in Minneapolis. The panel begins at 4 p.m. with the cocktail party following at 5:30 p.m. Chavez’s performance begins at 7 p.m. 

Benton is Minneapolis music legend. He is an original member of The Time, co-star of “Purple Rain” and “Under the Cherry Moon,” and often toured with Prince’s band.

Chavez became a surrogate “Minneapolitan” when she co-starred with Prince in the movie “Graffiti Bridge.” She is currently touring in support of her third album, “Memories of Flying” features collaborations with Charles Webster, Ganga, Mashti, Deep Dive Corp., Marco Valentin and David Hurn. 

The author’s panel will bring together writers and photographers knowledgeable about Prince and the Minneapolis Sound. Featured panelists include Chris Riemenschneider (“First Avenue: Minnesota’s Mainroom”), Jim Walsh (“Gold Experience: Following Prince in the ’90s”) and Allen Beaulieu (“Prince: Before the Rain”).

There will also be a Silent Auction of Prince and Minneapolis music related items to raise money for the PRN Alumni Foundation. All events are open to the public and free of charge. Valet parking is available.  For more information call Canopy by Hilton at (612) 332-0696. 

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