Make sure to pack your purple, Jazz Fest-goers, as an all-star tribute to Prince will hit New Orleans on Sunday, May 6th, featuring members of Prince‘s band, Turkuaz, The Main Squeeze, The Motet, Snarky Puppy, Thievery Corporation, Allen Stone, The Magic Beans, and Mama Magnolia. This stacked tribute set, known as the Purple Party, will close out Jazz Fest with a late-night dance party on Sunday, May 6th at the Maison on Frenchmen Street immediately following Joey Porter‘s tribute to Herbie Hancock.Without question, Prince is one of the most revered artists of our time. His huge catalog of mega-hits and ultra-funky deep cuts is lionized, and will provide the ultimate musical platform for this one-off supergroup to let loose. Without question, the band is an embarrassment of riches: vocalist Corey Frye of The Main Squeeze, guitarist Ryan Jalbert and vocalist Lyle Divinsky of The Motet, bassist Dwayne “MonoNeon” Thomas Jr. of Prince’s band, drummer Robert “Sput” Searight, saxophonist Chris Bullock, and trumpeter Mike “Maz” Maher from Snarky Puppy, vocalists Sammi Garett and Shira Elias of Turkuaz, keyboardist Steve Swatkins of Allen Stone’s band, percussionist Jeff Franca of Thievery Corporation, and Megan Letts of Mama Magnolia will all take part in this special tribute set. Casey Russell, keyboardist for up-and-coming Colorado jam band The Magic Beans, will act as musical director, steering the ship as this 13-piece super group delivers the best of Prince’s extensive catalog.Russell is excited to bring this tribute set to life, explaining to L4LM that he “cannot wait to play some of my favorite music, in my favorite city, at my favorite festival with some of the baddest musicians around.” He went on to express that “for me, the late night scene is the heart of Jazz Fest, there’s so much musical energy flowing all throughout the city!” A proud Minnesotan, Russell promised to “bring the Purple funk from my hometown of Minneapolis, all the way down the Mississippi River to New Orleans to close out Jazz Fest with a bang!”Everyone in attendance is encouraged to get into the theme and wear purple in celebration of Prince!Tickets for this show go on sale Friday, March 16th at 12:00 PM EST at this link. Find all of the information you’ll need for this show, along with art by Jimmy Rector (@jimmyrector), below.–SHOW INFO–Date: Sunday, May 6th, 2018 (technically early AM May 7th)Time: Doors – 1:30 am // Show – 2:00 amArtist: Live For Live Music & NolaFunk Present: Purple Party – A Tribute To Prince Feat. Members Of Prince, The Motet, Turkuaz, Snarky Puppy, The Main Squeeze, Thievery Corporation, Allen Stone, The Magic Beans, & Mama Magnolia.Venue: Maison – 508 Frenchmen St., New Orleans, LA 70116Tickets: Early-Bird – $25 // General Admission – $30 // VIP – $50 (VIP ticket gains access to VIP balcony, private bar and expedited entry into the venue) — [Buy Tickets]
For the first time in living memory the outright markets provided for Dota’s flagship tournament, The International, have truly shown the potential for scope of outright esports markets.Multiple bookmakers have opted for an extensive range of markets, mainly based off Valve’s compendium but it’s comfortably the most comprehensive range of markets seen prior to an esports event that we can remember. Bet365 continue to lead the charge.The bookmaker has offered a staggering:168 tournament markets (including specials);18 markets per match;1464 total markets.Simply put — it’s a fitting way to price up the world’s biggest esports tournament by prizepool. Over $23,000,000 (and counting) is on the line in Seattle and Dota 2 offers a wealth of data to create innovative markets. Whether it’s based GPM, XPM or kills, last hits, assists, game time, tournament heroes picked — there’s a huge amount of data points and we’ve finally seen them being utilised pre-tournament.It owes in large part, arguably, to game developer Valve’s in-game Compendium. It encourages players to make predictions on a multitude of statistics across the tournament and thus automatically keeps tabs on the results. Therefore one would assume it makes a bookmakers job a whole lot easier when the data is 100% reliable and the markets are effectively ready made. Bet365 has not only taken those markets but also created specific hero versus hero match-ups and player versus player match-ups so there’s a huge amount for punters to choose from. The only criticism is that a user has to scroll an awful lot through “Specials” to actually find exactly what’s being offered. There’s little segregation so the user experience isn’t overly optimal — but that’s but a small gripe. The markets are available until tournament action gets underway in around six hours — so for those who want to have a look, make sure you act quickly. They won’t be around for long.It will be interesting to see if bookmakers price up the tournament again pre-main event. There’s a day in the middle (6th August) where the Group Stages are done, but we rarely see esports events updated for outrights mid-tournament. Unlike in football, where you can bet on the overall winner at pretty much every point, it doesn’t tend to be the case with esports for whatever reason. Here’s hoping that it may change in the future. Several other bookmakers have been offering impressive markets as well — Bet365 was just the first we noticed and the most comprehensive out there. For those wishing to have a dabble on The International 7 — check out our “Ready, Steady, Cook” series. Outrights;Day One. Esports Insider says: Let’s hope this has set the precedent for future esports events — not only for Dota but multiple titles. It’s an impressive effort.