I walked into a small bar and Prince was playing…

OK, on the first anniversary of his passing, I’m recalling my first close encounter with the Artist: At the 1992 Winter Music Conference in Miami our group stopped by an up stairs club called Le Loft. We were drinking in the almost deserted front bar room when someone said Prince was playing a pickup gig in the back room. We headed back there and sure enough Prince was jamming with a small band. There were maybe 50 people in the room. We grabbed a booth and hung out for a couple of hours. On breaks Prince mixed with the crowd. Not real talkative but friendly to all. It was one of those magic late nights you can’t plan for. Little did I know we’d interact again in Chicago when Prince played a surprise show at our club Excalibur, and then came to be a regular visitor every time he came to Chicago.  His death is such a shock even 1 year later. Thanks for the Magic, Sir.

Prince was known to do pop up performances at small clubs, the photo above is from a club show in Sydney, Australia.

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