This week, I wanted to take a moment to shine a little “purple spotlight” on a brother doing important work by maintaining positivity, purple music, and philanthropy, wherever he goes, Craig Alexander of Prince Day Houston.
June 7, 2016 was officially declared Prince Rogers Nelson Day, by mayoral proclamation in Houston.
Alexander has been throwing Prince parties since his college days at the University of Houston with other well-known Houston-area purple music people.
He and his wife, Crystal, attended the 2007 Super Bowl where Prince performed what many agree is the best halftime show ever. The couple also takes their children to the Paisley Park Museum regularly and makes sure their children know and appreciate real music when they hear it. Everyone in their presence gets a sense of the love for the “Purple One” and their love for each other. During the PRN Alumni Foundation’s Fundraiser weekend this October, one experienced the purest feeling of love and joy as the “Purple Family from Houston” entered the room.
Alexander is one, like me, who believes in the idea that Prince and his contributions to the worlds of music and philanthropy should be celebrated not only in April and June, but year-round. For that reason, this year, on the fourth day of November (lyrics from “All the Critics Love You In New York”) Prince Day Houston will hold its first Prince-inspired Sunday jazz brunch. The event will feature a brunch menu inspired entirely by Prince music and lyrics, to include “Starfish and Coffee.” Of course, in keeping with Prince’s well-known mantra, real music by real musicians, there will be a live band, Antonio Eye and his Spooky Electric Sound, in addition to DJ Tay Powers with her Prince and all that jazz session, spinning his jazz and instrumental albums.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy Prince-inspired art included work from artist Cbabi Bayoc (painter of the “Rainbow Children” album cover). A portion of the proceeds from this and every event put on by the group goes to support the PRN Alumni Foundation, which continues the work of helping those in need and encouraging musical education.