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The Revolution — Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Bobby Z, BrownMark, and Dr. Fink — merges funk, rock n’ roll, rhythm and blues, pop, and psychedelia genres. The band rose to international fame in the mid-1980s with Purple Rain, a rock operatic project centered on Prince that catapulted him and the group to instant stardom.

 The Revolution have achieved two number-one Billboard 200 albums (Purple Rain and Around the World in a Day), multiple top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and have won numerous awards, including three Grammys and three American Music Awards. The band officially disbanded in late 1986.

 Following Prince’s death in April 2016, The Revolution reunited to honor the musical genius that he instilled in them and upon the world. The band continues to pay tribute to Prince in the best way possible – playing the music they helped create with him.

 Opening for The Revolution will be the local DJ duo 3’s Co., featuring DJ Gregg Nyce and Evolution.

Each concert in the Downtown Alive free concert series will feature a festival atmosphere and include food trucks, beer and wine for sale. All shows will be held in the 500 block of Penn Street and start at 5 p.m.

Berks County Community Foundation and the Berks County Convention Center Authority are the founding sponsors of this concert series.