Prince and Michael Experience Turns 10

San Francisco club night makes regular appearances around the country

By Tamara Palmer
|  Thursday, Sep 13, 2012  |  Updated 2:12 PM PDT
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The Prince and Michael Experience 10-year anniversary party takes place at San Francisco's Madrone Art Bar on November 3.

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The Prince and Michael Experience, a recurring party featuring the music of Michael Jackson and the artist formerly known as the Artist, celebrates 10 years with a celebration at Madrone Art Bar in San Francisco on November 3.

The monthly event at Madrone draws lines around the block to hear DJs Dave Paul and Jeff Harris spin rounds of classic cuts, rarities, and original remixes from the two stars. Dancers vote with their feet, their voices, and even cutouts of the stars' heads to determine who wins each round of tunes.

The music at the parties also extends to artists and groups who are closely associated with Prince or Michael Jackson, and the 10-year anniversary features a special appearance from one such guest. Assuming host duties for the night is Jerome Benton, perhaps best known as the mirror-carrying valet to Morris Day in the Time, the group made famous by its fictional rivalry to Prince and the Revolution in the seminal 1984 film Purple Rain. Benton was also in Prince's group the Family and toured with him for three years.

Paul and Harris have taken the party on the road in recent years, expanding not only to Oakland but to cities such as Chicago, Seattle, Portland Las Vegas, and New York. The Prince and Michael Experience has even literally occurred on wheels; a July event invited revelers to dance on a special party bus that toured San Francisco.

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