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Prince played surprise after party at Birdy's

Posted at 4:03 PM, Apr 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-24 16:03:23-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- While the stage may be small, and the lights dim, local bar and grill Birdy's shares a strong connection to a music legend.

Owner Sue Turnbull never thought she'd see the day Prince would walk in.

"It was a fluke, really, for us," she said. "It was a Monday night. He was playing the Murat."

It was in the spring of 2002, and by chance, the after party venue fell through.

"They needed a room with a stage and an in-house PA," Turnbull said.

Prince showed up at Birdy's looking for that venue – and of course was welcomed on stage.

He performed for about an hour-and-a-half, from 1:30 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.

More than a decade later, Turnbull said she still remembers it like it was yesterday.

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