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Bangerz’s Dj Cutso Goes Purple for Prince Tribute at Pagoda

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The 50th issue of the acclaimed, Brooklyn-based Wax Poetics magazine is dedicated to Prince, and to honor the occasion, Stones Throw’s DaM-FunK created a Prince mix. But tonight at the Pagoda Lounge in San Jose, DJ Cutso of the Bangerz will do him one better by spinning a Prince tribute.

The show is co-produced by Wax Poetics and also features sets from the CME, Sig-O and Wax Poetics contributor David Ma.

Each of the DJs will take a different approach—for instance, the CME will spin songs from the extended Prince family (Vanity 6, The Time, Sheila E., etc.) And Cutso says that he’ll be digging deep for his headlining set, not just focusing on the hits that everybody knows.

“It’s the stuff that I really love,” he says. “There are some rarities that hold up.”

This from a man whose favorite Prince song is “Sister,” the Purple One’s jaw-dropping salute to incest.

“It’s one of his dirtiest songs ever,” admits Cutso. The song was on Prince’s third album, 1980’s Dirty Mind, which despite the fact that it arrived slightly before he hit superstardom is indisputably one of his best. But that’s the thing about Prince—nearly all of his “eras” have their fans, and even a throwaway album like Lovesexy could produce a gem like “Alphabet St.” (Cutso says it will also be in his set.)

For Cutso, the tribute takes him back to the days when his musical “big 3” was Michael Jackson, Prince and Madonna. Plus, he says, “I had the biggest crush on Sheila E.”

The Prince Tribute at Pagoda is Saturday, Feb. 25 at 9:30pm; $5.

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