Music of Prince, Big Band Luise from Germany to be performed at Carthage’s Legacy Theater

Purple Xperience

Marshall Charlotte and the Purple Xperience will perform Saturday at the Legacy Theater in Carthage. | Photo provided by Legacy Theater

CARTHAGE — The Legacy Theater in Carthage has two shows planned for June.

The 1980s sounds of Prince will come alive at the theater at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, with Marshall Charloff and The Purple Xperience. Creating the sound and the look of Prince, this five-piece group comes from Prince’s birthplace of Minneapolis.

Charloff, the lead singer, has not only the sound and the appearance of Prince’s performances but his talent on guitar and piano. The band has fronted world-class symphonies in most major cities in the United States and Canada with the sounds from the late 1970s and the 1980s.

The Purple Xperience has been touring the country since its inception in 2011, sharing the bill with The Time, Cameo and Cheap Trick.

This show is sponsored by Memorial Hospital and Quincy Medical Group.

Big Band Luise is making its third visit to The Legacy Theater in Carthage with a free performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 29.

The band began in 2009 when high school students interested in big band music and jazz began playing under the direction of Regina Coupette. The band grew in sound and size, becoming part of Mulheim, Germany’s jazz scene. In the summer of 2015, the band had its first international tour to the United States through the Blue Lake International Exchange Program and is now sponsored by the Goethe Institute.

Students will be in the area from June 28 to July 1, staying with host families, visiting local attractions and seeing the daily life of Carthage and Hancock County.

Tickets for upcoming shows are available at The Legacy Theater box office can be purchased from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call the office at 217-357-9479 or order online at

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