As we mentioned earlier today, many of the participants in tonight’s “The Music Of Prince” tribute at Carnegie Hall held an open “rehearsal” in front of a packed crowd at City Winery in New York City last night, March 6th. Our favorite performance of the night was Bilal‘s intense reading of Prince’s still-shocking “Sister” from 1980’s Dirty Mind. With former Prince guitarist Wendy Melvoin sitting in with The Roots, Bilal transformed Prince’s original punk-influenced song into a genre-hopping and wonderfully disorienting lament on an incestuous tryst.
Side note: Does anyone have video of Bilal & The Roots covering Prince’s “International Lover” at BAM back in 1999? If so, let us know in the comments!!!!
Producer + Editor: Allison Swank
Videographers: Chinisha Scott + Jay Sprogell