Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The Columbia Fireflies will host a "Purple Game" this month in honor of John Blackwell Jr., the former Prince drummer who passed away last month.

The Purple Game debuted last season, and was held to honor Prince, who died last year and who was often synonymous with the color purple.

Blackwell grew up in Columbia, and graduated from Keenan High School in 1991. He played off and on for Prince for a period of 12 years.

He died July 4.

“Last season’s Purple Game was a tremendous success,” said team president John Katz. “We are very excited to bring this event back to Spirit Communications Park, celebrating the life and career of John Blackwell, Jr. Our entire staff is looking forward to making our final regular season home game an experience that our community will remember for the entire off-season.”

The Terence Young Experience will perform from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the centerfield concourse adjacent to the Budweiser Bowtie Bar. Young used to play alongside Blackwell.

The Fireflies will wear special, Prince-themed jerseys for the game which will be up for auction during the game. Proceeds from the jersey auction will be donated to the Marching Keenan Raider “Rubber” Band from Keenan High School.

Tickets are still on sale now. Visit, the Spirit Communications Park ticket office or call (803) 726-4487 for more information.