During difficult economic times, state and local governments have to make difficult decisions. Often, those decisions involve cutting back on extracurricular activities and arts programs in schools. For the past eight years, City Winery owner Michael Dorf has been staging all-star tribute concerts at Carnegie Hall to raise money to help fill the gap and support music education programs in New York City. Past concerts have honored Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and The Rolling Stones. This year's benefit concert promises to be quite a bit funkier, as more than a dozen artists pay tribute to Prince. Here's a look at some of the performers.
While he may seem like an unlikely choice at first, Costello has been showing his love of R&B since his soul-influenced 1980 album Get Happy!!, which included a cover of Sam & Dave's "I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down."
An incredible performer once seen as Prince's heir apparent, D'Angelo's career was derailed by personal problems and arrests for drugs and prostitution. His comeback album is supposedly close to being done, but keep in mind that people have been saying that since 2009.
Booker T. Jones
As leader of his own band and a session musician for Stax Records, Jones was one of the inventors of the Memphis soul sound. He has performed with everyone from Ray Charles and Otis Redding to Neil Young and Elton John.
As the name implies, Princess is an all-female Prince cover band. The surprise is that it's led by actress Maya Rudolph. The even bigger surprise is that it's good. Rudolph told NPR that Prince knows about the band and thinks it's funny.
Although he never achieved true stardom, Kweli is a socially-conscious rapper adored by critics and fellow musicians. Jay-Z famously gave him a shout out on his Black Album, rapping "If skills sold, truth be told/I'd probably be, lyrically, Talib Kweli."
If you go: "The Music of Prince" benefit concert is tonight at 8 at Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Ave., 212-247-7800, $48-$150.