Blugold Radio is pleased to announce a two-day studio grand opening and showing of two guitars from Prince’s personal collection September 14th and 15th at their studio near the entrance of the McIntyre Library on the UW-Eau Claire campus.
As an added bonus, the two- day grand opening will culminate in a tribute concert called Partyup – A Prince Tribute on September 15th at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.
The Prince guitars are on loan from the collection of Jaque Bethke owner of Pure Design Environments. During the September 14th and 15th grand opening people will have a chance to see the guitars in person and on September 15th hear them played outside the Blugold Radio studio.
Area musicians will play the guitars and there will be a pedal demonstration by local guitar pedal manufacturer Dwarfcraft Devices.
Partyup – A Prince Tribute will feature local artist sloslylove playing his unique interpretations of Prince songs and Jenny and the Lost Boys playing covers of Prince hits such as Little Red Corvette, Purple Rain, and When Doves Cry. Throughout their performance, they will bring up iconic Eau Claire guest musicians to play alongside them.
Blugold Radio Station Manager Scott Morfitt says, “There are so many things to be excited about with this two-day event. First it is quite humbling to put on a tribute for Prince who had an amazing impact both this region and the world.”
“Secondly, we are excited to showcase the unique partnerships we are cultivating with UW-Eau Claire and Chippewa Valley communities.” Morfitt continues, “Between UW-Eau Claire Event Services providing sound and lights, our unique partnership with McIntyre Library where our studio is, and the Chancellor’s office being integral to the guitar showing we are proud to partner with UWEC! And, add to that the wealth of local musicians who will be playing at both the open house and concert makes this a truly special event.”
In just eight days Blugold Radio was able to cover their full cost of construction thanks to the generosity of more than 100 donors.
This is the second concert that Blugold Radio has promoted in the last month. Their August 25th Haymarket Landing Patio concert with the Confluence Arts Center sold out in 20 minutes.
The Blugold Radio Grand Opening and Prince Guitar viewing will be free and open to the public.
Tickets for Partyup – A Prince Tribute will be available at the UW-Eau Claire service center and through BlugoldRadio.org. They will go on sale at 10am on Friday, August 18th.
Contact: Scott Morfitt