Maceo Parker & Prince & Tamar @ Prospect Park Bandshell (Celebrate Brooklyn), NYC | pics
I really was going to stay in Thursday night (June 15, 2006) – it was a long week already. But the prospect of laying out on a blanket under the stars (well you can’t see them, but I know they’re there) while listening to Maceo Parker and band was too irresistable, so I headed to Prospect Park for the opening night of the Celebrate Brooklyn! free concert series, and set up back behind the gate where there was plenty of room. I couldn’t see the show, but it sounded just fine. Of course I couldn’t resist getting some photos, so a few songs before the end I worked my way in the gate and through the huge crowd.
It was hard – the place was packed. When the show ended I worked my way back out. Then the encore started right about the time I got back to my blanket, and suddenly there was A LOUD ROAR. Everyone was going nuts. Somebody special was obviously on stage. I ran back to the fence and saw a lady in orange.
I wasn’t sure who it was until I finally figured out there was a man in white to her left. Even from however-many-feet back I was, I knew immediately it was none other than Prince. That’s when I realized the lady was Tamar – the singer he’s been pimpin’ for the past year (remember the Nokia Theatre show?). My pics of Prince are so-so, so thanks Noel Mendez for sending me this much clearer one….
The encore was just one song – not really that exciting, except well, IT WAS PRINCE….
If anyone really thought about, they probably figured out Prince would be there. Prince and Maceo play together all the time. Three days before this show Prince was in Manhattan to play the Webbys, and Prince is/was scheduled to play in Bryant Park for Good Morning America on Friday Morning.