Just seven weeks ago, Pam Warren got a magical phone call at Piccadilly Catering Express, her soul food restaurant in Foster City, California. A chef and acclaimed club DJ with an afternoon mix show on radio station KBLX, Warren had been booked to spin days earlier at an official afterparty for Prince's concert in Oakland. He was planning to do another show in town later that week, and he asked his representatives to track Warren down to spin again.
After that second gig, Warren had a new job offer to go on tour with Prince and hit the road, playing his concert afterparties in New York, Toronto, Atlanta and Minneapolis. He'd often appear at the clubs to riff along with his new DJ on keys or drums — and in some cases to play even more hours of music.
If you're going to be in the San Francisco Bay Area, Piccadilly, a catering company that's also open for lunch Tuesdays through Fridays, would be a wonderful, heartfelt place to pay tribute to Prince. Warren's specialties include fried chicken and waffles and the soulrrito, a burrito filled with macaroni and cheese, collard greens, candied yams and fried chicken.For decades, Warren has been known as Pam The Funkstress behind the decks (and is also known as the Turntable Queen), but she has decided to keep the recent nickname she earned while playing with Prince.
"I'm always going to be Purple Pam," she told television KPIX in the below interview at her restaurant. "That's my new name now."
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