Dearly beloved / We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life
, preaches Prince in the sermon-like intro of “Let’s Go Crazy.” In retrospect, much of Prince’s music was hauntingly prophetic, with lyrics about mortality dazzlingly cloaked as celebratory pop. The iconic musician’s untimely death at the age of 57 shocked fans across the world last week. Prince played by his own rules. In addition to being a musical genius, he defied gender norms and proudly displayed his love for the Black community. He was a generous humanitarian that donated to a variety of social justice and environmental causes. He used pop to spur social change, and his work touched several generations. There are many ways to grieve, but one is to celebrate his life at Mezzanine on April 30, with DJ Apollo and D Sharp spinning Prince jams all night. The party is free, but there will be opportunities to donate to three causes Prince supported: The Elton John AIDS Foundation, Sheila E’s Elevate Hope Foundation, and Music for Minors: Music Education for Bay Area Youth.