30th Anniversary of Sign O' the Times


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His name was PRINCE... and he was FUNKY!

Oakland California's The Purple Ones treat the music and patented vibe of Prince with the utmost respect,
capturing the essence of what it was like to see Prince live. The musical dexterity of The Purple Ones -
with 11 pieces on stage including a full horn section – completely turns the concept of a Prince tribute band
on its head, delivering Prince's material live onstage in a way that has to be experienced to be believed.

Not a typical tribute band with a Prince lookalike or impersonator, The Purple Ones bring audiences
to their feet, night after night, by speaking Prince's musical language, energy, rhythm, creativity and of course
...a serious dose of unadulterated funk. The Purple Ones tap into that soulful artistry like none other.

The Purple Ones is a labor of love that was born in 2012 when Bay Area based bandleader and founder,
Morty Okin ("The New Morty Show”, co-founder of the Michael Jackson tribute "Foreverland" and Neil Diamond
tribute "Super Diamond",)
decided to focus all of his energy on building the greatest Prince tribute on the planet.

The Purple Ones have been selling out concert venues since their inception, growing a fan base over the years
that includes long-time Prince devotees and newbies that are just discovering the icon. It is not uncommon for the
band to be joined on stage by "Honorary Purple Ones" like celebrity "Super Fan," comedienne Margaret Cho
and members of the artist's extended musical family, including renowned percussionist (and brother of Sheila E.)
Juan Escovedo who toured the world with Prince in the 80's.

The newest member of The Purple Ones is Prince's former Musical Director, bassist/guitarist and co-founder of
Prince's "New Power Generation," Levi Seacer Jr. (1986-1993)
Levi is the only Prince band member to have
played multiple instruments. Later, collaborating with Prince as a songwriter and Co-Producer on his projects.
Now the lead guitarist and Musical Director of The Purple Ones, Seacer is determined to continue the musical
legacy of his late friend and former band mate. He says one of the biggest keys to the authenticity is the
'controlled chaos" that existed in Prince's world that allowed for extreme creativity,
"With Prince," Levi says, you tried everything. That's the biggest thing I learned from him over all those years.
If it doesn't work you can always take it out, but if it does work...there's no limit."

It seems the sky is the limit for The Purple Ones. In the wake of Prince's untimely passing, this group of funky pros are
more determined than ever to honor his past by playing his hits, B-sides and deep cuts live in a world class show
that is, in the words of Prince himself, "nothin' but a party!’



Filmed by Northbound Films, Derek Akira, Inscoe Photography.
Plus footage onstage (1) GoPro Hero 3+ Silver and (2) GoPro Hero 5
Film edited by Morty Okin.


  • “To say y'all killed it last night is an understatement... Electrifying band synergy and we were the fortunate recipients, thank You!”

    TPO Fan
  • “Thanks for a kick ass show in San Luis Obispo last night. We met most of the band and you guys were extremely gracious and approachable. Great vibe.”

    TPO Fan
  • "The Purple Ones did Prince proud tonight. First time seeing you guys play tonight, but certainly not the last time. Bravo!

    TPO Fan
  • “I hadn't danced to Prince like that since...well, Prince! Thanks for coming to Mill Valley!!”

    TPO Fan
  • “Thank u for such an awesome show! See u soon my fellow Prince freaks!!!”

    TPO Fan
  • “Every time you guys come I invite ppl and they are always blown away! I adore your show, the energy, being amongst true fans and the will always support The Purple Ones!”
I was there tonight 2nd row! Loved every bit of the show!! Hope to see ya'll when you come to Fresno!! Keep up the awesome job! Bless you guys!

    TPO Fan
  • “Hottt show!!! The Purple Ones is a sizzling band! Their vocals, instrument playing, look, and showmanship are all exciting! I am so glad I have seen them, twice! The Purple Ones kept me dancing all night. The individuals all know their craft and deliver sensationally!! So exhilarating, Thank you!”

    TPO Fan
  • “Los Gatos Music In The Park was hit by a meteor called The Purple Ones last Sunday. Outbreaks of euphoria, spontaneous dancing, and random purple were everywhere!”

    TPO Fan
  • “One fun ass show...Can't wait for them to come back to Fulton 55 and Englemann Cellars...When Doves Cry, Purple Rain, and Let's Go Crazy made the crowd go nuts”

    TPO Fan
  • “The only reason I'd come to America would be to see you guys. Keep the purple vibe going!
    Peace n love my purple friends.”

    TPO Fan
  • “Great show all....nice tribute and again, we all thank you for the time and dedication you spend doing what you do....”

    TPO Fan
  • “Yall were great in Firebaugh! First time 4 me!”

    TPO Fan
  • “U guys are keeping The Purple alive!!!

    TPO Fan
  • “You guys rocked it as usual last night at Engelmann Cellars! Great time!”

    TPO Fan
  • “You killed it last night! I'm a fan now! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!”

    TPO Fan
  • "Todos Santos show was off the freaking hook!!!!!!"

    TPO Fan
  • “We thoroughly enjoyed having you and your band at the BOLDforce party. All of our guests (as in every single one) were so impressed with the energy and musicianship. Thank you for bringing the house down!”

    TPO Fan
  • “As a fellow Prince fan having seen him perform in Oakland last month and 5 previous times, I feel blessed. His music and performances have given me such joy. And now purples ones are here to fill a void and carry on that joy. Come back to Redwood a City again soon. We need to grieve and celebrate this wonderful genius' music. Thanks for all you do to entertain. We fans are with you in devastation.”

    TPO Fan
  • “Your combined talents will make the loss easier to bear. I'm glad you all are here!”

    TPO Fan
  • “Thank you all for keeping Prince alive!!! It means a lot to the fans!! You guys rock!!!”

    TPO Fan
  • “Great evening last night at 1015F. You absolutely smash it and PRINCE would have been proud! See you guys May-13th!”

    TPO Fan
  • “The concert last night at the Fox Theater in Visalia was filled with spirit of PRINCE himself. Thank you so much for such an AWESOME performance. You all ROCK!!!!!”

    TPO Fan
  • “Such a Sad loss for all Prince fans, So now its up to The Purple Ones to keep Princes Music alive. I caught you're last show In Fresno, You guys Rock ! Love your Band . Thanks for Bringing it .”

    TPO Fan
  • “I missed you@the Ritz but you all were amazing with surprise guest, Margaret Cho@The Rock Bar!!”

    TPO Fan
  • “Saw you guys at Harlows a couple weekends ago... You were awesome. .... Prince death is shocking can't believe it”

    TPO Fan
  • “We had a fabulous time! You guys put on a Great show!”

    TPO Fan
  • “Awesome show!!! Still reliving it.”

    TPO Fan
  • “I've seen you four times, and even with some new faces on stage, you guys are so talented and kept it going. I could just feel the love in that tiny venue”

    TPO Fan
  • “We still talking bout this show! Wow the crowd was on fire, 2nd row here! Tell the queen b up there, her hair was 'SexyMF' ! i'm telling everybody so hope u come back to the No'”

    TPO Fan
  • “Sooooo much fun! You guys had that crowd going buck wild, jumping up on stage. I can't believe the crowd out there!”

    TPO Fan
  • “You guys will keep him alive for years to come! God bless.”

    TPO Fan
  • “This was A Fun awesome show, U sexy breats! My hip hurts from dancing so long! woo wooooo.”

    TPO Fan
  • “You guys put on such a great show Friday night”

    TPO Fan
  • “My feet hurt so much,Thank you!”

    TPO Fan
  • “TPO Provided the most memorable entertainment at our wedding- an opportunity to sing a Prince duet with my husband plus hours of Prince's greatest hits!”

    TPO Fan
  • “The Purple Ones were great to work with and the highlight of our wedding. They are incredibly talented. This was the best money we spent on our wedding.”

    TPO Fan
  • "Last night was incredible. Thank you so much. I was so happy to get to be next to Levi and up on stage! R.I.P. Prince. We love you”

    TPO Fan
  • "Thank you for the great show last night. We had a lot of fun and shed a few tears too. Awesome show! Hope to catch your next show in Fresno. Purple love to all of you”

    TPO Fan
  • "Thank you for bringing the spirit of His Royal Purple Badness to Fresno! Looking forward to next time!”

    TPO Fan
  • "Last night you made my birthday party wishes come true. Thanks for the Birthday Shout Out."

    TPO Fan
  • "Thank You for an amazing show last night! We had a blast and you definantly did The Purple One Proud! He was there in Spirit last night! Can't wait to see you guys perform again. Kudos!”

    TPO Fan
  • “You really showed some love to Sacramento, CA last night!! The whole crew was slamming...I truly adore your energy!! A special thank you to New Power Generation member, Levi Seacer Jr., for adding that potent, unique NPG flavor to the Purple punch!!"

    TPO Fan


Audio (Kiss) is a live recording board mix and live multi track (17 Days).
from Todos Santos Plaza in Concord, CA by Wizard Audio.
17 Days mixed by Morty Okin.



Photo credits: Dann Graham, Daniel Boot, VSP Media, Kenny Sinatra, Mike Schwabenland, Fan shots






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