Prince playing at Coachella 2008

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A tribute concert for Prince will be staged at Los Angeles City Hall today, featuring musicians who have worked with the late artist, organizers said.

The free event will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Spring Street side of City Hall, with attendees able to watch the concert and programming from Grand Park.

Performers will include Eric Benet, Faith Evans, Kenny Lattimore, members of Prince’s former band New Power Generation and The Time, the band that starred in Prince’s movie “Purple Rain,” according to organizer Najee Ali.

City officials are also scheduled to speak during the event, Ali said.

Ali said Los Angeles was the “second home” for Prince, and the tribute will be “a one-of-a-kind celebration of Prince’s life and music that only L.A. can do.”

Organizers raised money to avoid using public money on the concert, Ali said. Sponsors include radio station KJLH-FM 102.3.

Ali organized a candlelight vigil for Prince in Leimert Park on April 21, the day the musician was found dead in an elevator at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota at the age of 57.

Prince was known as a master of showmanship whose hits included “When Doves Cry,” “1999,” “Raspberry Beret,” “Kiss” and “Little Red Corvette.” His 1984 film “Purple Rain” became a cult favorite and propelled him to super-stardom.

Prince — born Prince Rogers Nelson — won an Oscar for best original song for “Purple Rain.” He also won seven Grammys.