Purple Takeover: A Prince Celebration with DJ Soul Sister + Lenka Paris

Soul Sister and The Bowery Presents:

Purple Takeover: A Prince Celebration with DJ Soul Sister + Lenka Paris

The DMSR Dancers, Conga Queen of New Orleans

Fri · June 8, 2018

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$20 Advance | $50 VIP

This event is 21 and over

A portion of proceeds will be donated to Big Class, a non-profit organization that offers innovative, volunteer-supported writing programs to New Orleans youth and schools free of charge.

DJ Soul Sister
DJ Soul Sister
DJ Soul Sister is the award-winning “queen of rare groove,” and not only one of the longest-running live DJ artists (mixing and blending 100% vinyl) in her hometown of New Orleans, but known worldwide as a vinyl crate digger, party promoter, and tastemaker. As a veteran radio programmer on WWOZ FM for nearly two decades, she is the host and founder of the popular “Soul Power,” the longest-running rare groove radio show in the U.S., and was cited by New York Times pop music critic Ben Ratliff as “What to Do This Weekend.” Music artist Solange called her “wonderful” and “life given,” and dj artist King Britt said she was “the best…top 3 DJs for me.”
Her live, improvisational, and vinyl-only funk and rare groove music sets have also landed her everywhere from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Voodoo Music Experience, Essence Music Festival, BUKU Music & Art Project, Jam Cruise, Boiler Room, and Electric Forest; to opening for her favorite artists like George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, The Roots, Bootsy Collins, Maceo Parker, DaM-FunK, Average White Band, George Duke, Teena Marie, ConFunkShun, the funky Meters, Dumpstaphunk, Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers, Soul Rebels, Lettuce, and more; to features on MTV UK and VH1 and in Spin, Wax Poetics, URB, OffBeat, and New Orleans magazines. She has also performed alongside DJ artist/producers such as Questlove, Mannie Fresh, KON, Maseo (De La Soul), Low Down Loretta Brown (Erykah Badu), Rich Medina, Skeme Richards, and many others. She was even personally invited by George Clinton to DJ his 71st birthday party.

Soul Sister has been throwing parties in NOLA since 1997, including the infamous HUSTLE! party (now presented sporadically; formerly at Hi-Ho Lounge, Mimi's in the Marigny and Leo's Bar & Grill), and her self-produced events bring together a diverse mix of locals, visitors, and even celebs to dance to the music she has loved most since she was a child: funk, soul, rare groove, underground disco, jazz fusion, true school hip hop, and more. She is the first DJ to ever win a Big Easy Entertainment Award (2010 and 2017), and has won OffBeat Magazine’s Best of the Beat Award each year from 2010 through 2016. (New award rules, which give others a chance, prevented her from being nominated in 2017 since she won 3+ years in a row.)

Not only a music lover, she is also a scholar, her opinion-leader and tastemaker status is sought out for interviews, articles, lectures, film presentations and panel discussions. Recent features include Nelson George's documentary Finding the Funk, which aired on VH1, the book Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting, and spots on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM and on Red Bull Radio.

Soul Sister has taken the nightlife by storm in her hometown, known more for its top-notch live musicians than its underground DJ scene. To her credit, Soul Sister's parties and live DJ sets are now regarded and respected alongside those of her jazz, blues, rock, R&B and funk musician colleagues, many of them fans.

When she is not playing, teaching about, writing about, or sharing music, she is a devoted full-time administrator in higher education, and is a part-time graduate student working towards an M.A. in musicology.
DJ Lenka Paris (Paisley Park, Minneapolis)
DJ Lenka Paris (Paisley Park, Minneapolis)
Lenka Paris is a dj known for her flawless mixing of house, hip hop, pop, funk, soul and disco. Born in Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia), she first touched a turntable (then record player) at age 5 and was fascinated. At 17 she learned how to dj, which became a profession after graduating high school. She became a resident dj in a nightclub which soon after won Best Nightclub in Czech Republic award. She was also working with a hip hop group which released a couple of albums on Euro Universal Records.

After relocating to America, a start at Fujiya in Minneapolis quickly led to Friday and Saturday night residency at First Avenue. She's since played most Minneapolis venues, NYC, Chicago, Las Vegas, D.C., Detroit, Prague. Clients include Prince, Paisley Park Studios (2000 - present), Princess - Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Liebrum, The Revolution, FDeluxe, Puma, MAC Cosmetics, Sisley, MOA, Target, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, D'Amico, Snap Fitness, Yogafit, MN Twins, Starwood Hotels, First Avenue, The Current. Lenka was also among others featured on CBS, FOX, Kare 11, in Star Tribune, City Pages, KDWB, IHeart Radio.
The DMSR Dancers
The DMSR Dancers
Soul Sister's DMSR Dancers (per Prince, "DMSR" stands for "Dance Music Sex Romance")
Conga Queen of New Orleans
Conga Queen of New Orleans
Conga Player with the best of both worlds...New York and New Orleans..Potpourri of different beats combined with the spices of NOLA and sassiness of NYC...