Longtime fans of Prince congregated to the bar for a Karaoke night dedicated to the late pop superstar, who died Thursday at age 57.
Robert Tompkins, of Minneapolis, who said he's been a Prince fan since he’s been “out of diapers,” called out to Prince and said, “Hey ... this is for You. We’re starting the show off RIGHT for YOU tonight.”
The night was full of familiar songs, flavored by the unique stories from each person on how Prince’s music touched their lives.
“Growing up, I played his tape over and over again until it broke. Then I taped it back together and played it more. '1999,' the greatest album ever written,” said Karlis Nollendorfs, of Minneapolis, who sang “You Got the Look.”
Steven Holum, 46, lives above the Otter and shared how he would roller skate and hear Prince songs at the rink. He even wrote PRINCE on his roller skates with a pen. “I love the guy,” Holum said.
Holum sang the emotional rendition of “Purple Rain,” one of Prince's most recognized songs and one that won him two Grammy’s and an Oscar for the movie.
Jim Gardner traveled from St. Paul to honor Prince, singing “Red Corvette.” He said he has been listening to Prince since he was a teenager and said “the man was unbelievable.”
People who participated in the karaoke night said they felt a particular connection with Prince and his music, as they were also from Minnesota. Mike Warre talked about when he “ran into Prince in the past at Rudolfs,” a barbecue restaurant in the city.
Kimberly Ruzynski, a bartender at Otter, had worked in Prince’s nightclubs and got to know the pop icon face to face. “He was a great person. ... He was a Minnesota Legend.”
Jeff Stone contributed to this report.