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Downtown Dayton to glow in purple 

Published: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
By: Amelia Robinson

Dayton is about to go crazy — and purple.  

Downtown Dayton’s bridges will turn purple to coincide with Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s The Music of Prince: A Rock and Symphonic Tribute at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30.

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The show is part of the DPO’s The Rockin’ Orchestra Series.

Other upcoming concerts include “Michael Cavanaugh: The Music of Elton John and More” on Nov. 3 as well as “Winborne Presents the Music of Led Zeppelin” and “The Who’s ‘Tommy’ in Concert.”

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For the Prince show, lights on a list of sites that include the Stewart and Third street  bridges and the walkway from the city’s transportation garage and Crowne Plaza Hotel will turn purple starting Thursday, Sept. 28. 

Known for a range of hits that include“Let’s go Crazy,”  “Diamonds and Pearls,” “Purple Rain,” “1999,” “Raspberry Beret,” “When Doves Cry, “Little Red Corvette” and “Starfish and Coffee,”  Prince died in April 2016.


Steve VanGorder of SVG Motors will have a little red Corvette on the plaza in front of the Schuster Center, 1 West 2nd St.,  Michael Martin, the chairman of the philharmonic’s target revenue generation committee, said. 

Martin plans to ask other downtown businesses and institutions to go purple. 

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“We will see if other people will get in on the fun,” he said. 

Singer MacKenzie Green and his bandmates will partner with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and its musical director Neal Gittleman for the show. 

The show will include aclaimed drummer-music director Nisan Stewart.  

Green and Stewart will be joined by former New Power Generation members Andrew Gouché (bass) and Jairus Mozee (guitar), along with Bonnie Brooksbank (violin, vocals) and Kevin Randolph (keyboard).

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What: “The Music of Prince: A Rock and Symphonic Tribute” with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, vocalist MacKenzie Green, music director Nisan Stewart and others

Where: Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30

Cost: $21-$81

More info: 937-228-3630 or