Maya Rudolph’s Princess Charms Yoshi’s

SNL alum Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum pay tribute to Prince.

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Princess, a Prince cover band fronted by SNL alum Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum, sold out two shows at Yoshi's for SF SketchFest.
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"This is what happens when you go to Berkeley High!" said Bay Area native Lieberum (right).
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Rudolph's musical roots run deep: Her mother is the late great soul singer Minnie Ripperton.
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Rudolph's tambourine features the androgynous symbol Prince adopted as the Artist.
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Rudolph and Lieberum share sweet harmonies reminiscent of Prince cohorts Wendy and Lisa.
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"Don't say anything bad about Prince!" Rudolph warned an audience member. "We love him!"
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"This one is for the nerds!" Rudolph announced before playing one of Prince's rare B-Sides, followed by an early demo track.
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The band favored Prince's early and sassy classics like "Controversy," "Head," and "Darling Nikki."
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Rudolph takes the funk to the floor.
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Rudolph channels Prince's intense energy.
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Rudolph and Lieberum collapse in a spent heap of sexy music.
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Princess' next gig is at a Prince tribute benefit on March 7 at Carnegie Hall in New York.
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