Purple Xperience pays tribute to Prince tonight at Riverbend

Tribute band plays Riverbend tonight

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 1985 file photo, Prince performs at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. A pair of record labels announced Friday, April 28, 2017, that a remastered edition of Prince’s landmark 1984 album “Purple Rain” will be released on June 23, 2017. The labels say Prince oversaw the remastering process in 2015 and the “Purple Rain Deluxe” will include six previously unreleased songs by the late singer-songwriter, who died one year ago. (AP Photo/Liu Heung Shing, File)

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If you go› What: Purple Experience followed by Morris Day and The Time with Cameo› When: 7 p.m. tonight, June 15› Where: Coca-Cola Stage

The first time the Purple Xperience hit the Riverbend Festival stage, some people at the event didn't even know they were playing. Riverbend organizers booked them so late that the band wasn't included on all promotion materials.

But the band's performance drew a crowd that stretched from the Bud Light Stage to the road, says Bob Payne, a talent buyer for Riverbend Festival.

This year Riverbend officials brought back the Purple Xperience, a five-piece Prince tribute band. But this time they'll perform on the main stage. The group opens for Morris Day and the Time with Cameo at 7 p.m. tonight, June 15, on the Coca-Cola stage.

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