Popular Prince tribute artist starts online concert series to raise money for fellow artists

Posted at 8:01 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 08:37:24-04

For Gabriel Sanchez, the music doesn't stop. After his show this coming weekend at Potowatomi Bingo and Casino was canceled, he now plans to perform on another platform.

As he plays his keyboard in his living room Thursday, Sanchez said he longs for the day he plays in front of a big crowd again.

He leads a band with quite a following, covering one of the most prolific artists of all time: Prince.

"My role with The Prince Experience. I'm Prince. I play guitar, drums, and keyboard," Sanchez said.

The Prince Experience travels nationally, drawing big crowds. Crowds, he may not see for a while as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads.

"I understand why it has to be like that, but we're getting hit hard," he said.

Sanchez is one of several local full-time musicians who are taking a financial hit by not playing shows.

"It's done some serious damage," he explained.

So his improvising is kicking off a musical concert series at his home starting Saturday.

People watching at home can give tips through Venmo, Cash App, and other avenues online. The money will go to Gabriel's band members and other local artists now out of work.

"We needed to start thinking of what else we can do to get some income in," Sanchez said.

He admits. It's nothing like the real thing but hopes the online concert series helps out his bandmates and other artists in need.

For more information about Sanchez's shows and how to donate, visit his Facebook page.

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