Sound Dessert honored our musical hero with A Prince Salute, a tribute showcase on the week of what would have been Prince’s 58th birthday. The night featured dreamy pop-rockers Yuma, funk-rockers Mid Century, soulful singer/songwriter Eric Burton, and DJ After School Special.
Each band played some of their favorite Prince covers for the occasion. Sound Dessert partnered with Cathead Vodka and Gelateria Gemelli to feature a very special Raspberry Sorbet Cocktail with: Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka, Gemelli raspberry sorbet, and a splash of prosecco. Dressing in Raspberry berets and purple attire was strongly encouraged.
Eric Burton kicked off the night with his velvety smooth vocals, melting listeners with his slow and steady interpretations of “Call My Name,” “Kiss,” and “Purple Rain.” New to Austin, the singer is quickly gaining a reputation for his breath-taking singing and songwriting. After hearing Burton’s moving vocals, you’ll be wanting his “extra time” in the form of an encore.
Mid Century set the roof on fire with their phenomenal covers of “1999,” “When Doves Cry” and “I Wanna Be Your Lover.” I mean, who can honestly resist any of the songs? The answer is nobody. Cut to the most epic dance party Sound Dessert has ever witnessed at Stay Gold. Mid Century are currently in the studio working on new music and are definitely ones to keep an eye on.
Closing out the night were indie rockers Yuma. Their songs of choice? “Musicology,” “Raspberry Beret,” and “Die 4 U.” The four-piece added a sparkling, atmospheric sound to the r&b classics. “Die 4 U” was a personal favorite (and also made me realize the song’s potential as an emo cover). Catch these magical music mavens at their next gig and find yourself transported.
Can each band record these covers so I can listen to them all the time?
I’d like to thank all the bands for helping Sound Dessert pay tribute to a legend. Hopefully we made Prince proud that night. I’d like to think we did. And thank you to everyone who saluted the Purple One with us. It was an honor to dance in his purple light with all of you.
Photos by Breezy Ritter Photography