Just three months ago, electric Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard had Prince dangling from her earlobes - in earring form - on national TV as her group rocked Saturday Night Live. The cosmic Shakes-Prince tango became a whole lot more tangible Sunday, when the the band, fresh off its sold-out gig Saturday at new Minneapolis concert space Hall's Island, announced a surprise show set for Monday at Prince's Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen.
First come, first serve tickets for Monday's concert are $35; doors to the Purple One's palace open at 7:30 p.m. Win your way in via this 89.3 the Current ticket giveaway. The odds of 3RDEYEGIRL, Prince's aggro-funk backing band, performing? High. The odds of spotting Prince, in non-earring form, onstage at Paisley Park? Also fairly high. The Shakes are in town supporting their sophomore release, Sound & Color, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in April.
Perhaps wanting to shun any Muscle Shoals copycat cries, the Athens, AL-based group took the scorching soul-rock sound of its first LP, Boys & Girls, in more experimental directions on Sound, resulting in a respectable 80 out of 100 Metacritic average. Howard's rarefied vocal talents drew unanimous praise. Just 23 at the time, she alluded to the potential for sonic adventurism ahead of her Twin Cities debut in 2012, telling the Star Tribune: "[The band is] not really on the same page. Somebody will have an idea and that idea can go a million different ways."
Here's a clip of Alabama Shakes performing "Don't Wanna Fight," complete dangly Prince domes, Feb. 28 on SNL.
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