Prince & the Revolution drummer Bobby Z has unveiled the lineup for his third annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life! and there's a familiar face for Purple Rain diehards in the mix.
Apollonia Kotero, who played a character by the same name in the film and was subjected to the waters of Not Lake Minnetonka, will return to First Avenue as part of the benefit, which have included a full-scale Revolution reunion and Maya Rudolph's Princess tribute act in the past.
Kotero, an actress and former leader of R&B group Apollonia 6, will host the benefit's VIP reception. "It was an amazing experience, a dream come true, to sing and act alongside Prince and become dear friends with all the members of the Revolution while filming Purple Rain," she said in a statement. "It will be my first time back to First Ave and it will be surreal... I have lost others in my life to heart disease so I want to support Bobby's efforts to raise awareness and save lives."
In February of 2011, Bobby Z was in critical condition after three blocked arteries caused a serious heart attack, but made a full recovery. His charity My Purple Heart will reteam with the American Heart Association to host the event to raise heart health awareness, and portion of the proceeds will benefit these organizations.
Performers for the night include Slug from Atmosphere, Sounds of Blackness, former American Idol contestant Paris Bennett, Dr. Fink, Eric Leeds, and Paul Peterson, and more to come. As in years past, Bobby Z & Friends brings together a powerful backing ensemble for the evening.
The 3rd annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life! Bobby Z & Friends. 18+, VIP reception at 6 p.m., general admission doors at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 28 at First Avenue. General admission tickets are $50. VIP admission is $100 and includes early admission, exclusive viewing with host Apollonia, photo opps, and VIP laminate. Tickets.
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