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by Ryan Snyder

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LIVIN’ THE LUXURY PURPLE

It takes a seriously bad, bad man to announce six arena performances in the Carolinas a mere two weeks in advance and then still be on target to sell more than 75,000 tickets, but it shouldn’t surprise anyone when the man in question is Prince. His Royal Badness dropped a bomb on March 11 when he announced his first show in Greensboro since the 2004 Musicology tour, but making dreams come true is kind of his thing. See the Purple Tickets in copies of his 2006 album 3121 for evidence. There are some who say that Prince has gone a little soft in Jevohah’s Witnessness, but accounts of his current Welcome 2 America tour tell a different story. He’s blending hits, rarities and lengthy funk jams in his three-hour shows, but he’s also playing MC to performances by his influences and legacies. His Saturday show at the Greensboro Coliseum will feature the illustrious Chaka Khan, who will accompany him at the Raleigh show as well. For the March 24 show in Charlotte, it’s native soul singer Anthony Hamilton, and his South Carolina shows will have Mint Condition and Lalah Hathaway. Greensboro show tickets range from $20 to $199, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

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COUNTRY LEGEND DON WILLIAMS WITH LAURELYN DOS- SETT

Nowadays, most only have secondhand knowledge of country singer Don Williams through the innumerable covers recorded and performed by other artists. His 1978 hit “Tulsa Time” alone has seen versions by Eric Clapton, Reba McEntire and Sheryl Crow, while others have been taken on by Lambchop, Tortoise, Pete Townshend and others. In 2006, it was assumed no one would get to hear it performed again by the man called the “Gentle Giant of Country Music” when Williams played his farewell concert in Memphis. That’s the thing with farewell concerts, however: There’s rarely any finality to them. Williams came out of retirement in fall of 2010 after his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, probably to the chagrin of those who saw his last final show, and his current tour will come to the War Memorial Auditorium on Thursday. The underrated songwriter will be accompanied by the Piedmont’s own Laurelyn Dossett for the show that begins at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $35.50 to $52.50.

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THE BAD PLUS DO STRAVINSKY

Like snitchin’ in school or cutting across the mound in baseball, life is full of unwritten rules. In jazz, the Bad Plus have broken just about all of them. The Minneapolis trio hijacks mainstream into the avant garde, crafting sly instrumental covers of everyone from Nirvana to Blondie to Aphex Twin. It wasn’t until their 2010 album Never Stop that they finally released an album entirely of original material. When they perform at Duke’s Reynolds Industries Theatre this Saturday, the trio will be taking on another cover for the first time: Igor Stravinsky’s “Rites of Spring.” It’s not merely a performance, but a discussion as well. The trio will be explaining their interpretations during the course of the show and as bassist Reid Anderson said recently, hoping not to “draw a mustache on it.” The performance starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $26 and $34.

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