The Purple Ones

Insatiable Tribute To Prince

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 Seacer Jr 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!”

  • Morty Okin
    Trumpet/Bandleader/Manager/Booking
  • Levi Seacer Jr.
    Musical Director/Lead Guitar
  • Pamela Fields
    Lead Vocals
  • Willie Adams
    Lead Vocals
  • Morgan Day
    Guitar
  • Dave Flores & Joe Ganzelli
    Drums
  • Al Conde
    Keyboards
  • Michael (Tiny) Lindsey
    Bass
  • Nick Ciarelli
    Lead Trumpet
  • Mara Fox
    Trombone
  • Hermann Lara
    Bari/Tenor Sax

Video

Audio and video recorded live from shows from 2013 at Slims, Bimbos 365 Club, Red Devil Lounge, Cafe DuNord, and Temple in San Francisco, CA and The Uptown, The New Parish in Oakland, CA. Audio recorded by Adrian Wong, mixed by James Boblak and Morty Okin. Video recorded by Northbound Films and VSPMedia. Edited by Lorenzo Escalante and Morty Okin.

Music

Audio and video recorded live from shows from 2013 at Slims, Bimbos 365 Club, Red Devil Lounge, Cafe DuNord, and Temple in San Francisco, CA and The Uptown, The New Parish in Oakland, CA. Audio recorded by Adrian Wong, mixed by James Boblak and Morty Okin. Video recorded by Northbound Films and VSPMedia. Edited by Lorenzo Escalante and Morty Okin.

Photos

Shows

  • Upcoming Shows
  • September 17, 2016
  • California Beer Festival
  • Plaza Park – 651 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura, CA
  • Show at 3:45pm // ALL Ages!
  • TIX: $25-$150
  • October 1, 2016
  • Toots Tavern
  • 627 2nd Avenue, Crockett, San Francisco, CA
  • 21+
  • October 6, 2016
  • Private Event
  • The Starlight Room, San Fransisco, CA
  • 21+
  • 09/07/16 San Francisco Symphony 105th Season Opening Night Gala After Party, San Francisco, CA
  • 08/14/16 California Beer Festival, Aptos, CA
  • 08/7/16 Los Gatos Music in the Park, Los Gatos, CA
  • 07/30/16 Firebaugh Harvest Festival, Firebaugh CA
  • 07/22/16 Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley CA
  • 07/04/16 SF Independence Day Celebration, San Francisco CA
  • 06/24/16 Harlows, Sacramento CA
  • 06/03/16 Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne CA
  • 05/20/16 Engelmann Cellars Winery, Fresno CA
  • 05/13/16 Club Fox, Redwood City CA
  • 04/28/16 1015 Folsom, San Francisco CA
  • 04/09/16 Harlows, Sacramento CA
  • 04/08/16 The Ritz, San Jose CA
  • 03/11/16 Slim’s , San Francisco CA
  • 02/19/16 Fulton 55, Fresno CA
  • 01/23/16 Fenix, San Rafael CA
  • 11/21/15 Fulton 55, Fresno CA
  • 11/06/15 Harlows, Sacramento CA
  • 10/31/15 Club Fox, Redwood City CA
  • 10/17/15 Private Wedding, Watsonville CA
  • 10/16/15 Private Event, San Francisco CA
  • 10/10/15 Private Wedding, Guernville CA
  • 10/09/15 Rockbar Theater, San Jose CA
  • 09/19/15 SF Aids Foundation Tribute Celebration, San Francisco CA
  • 09/11/15 BlackOak Casino, Tuolumne, CA
  • 09/04/15 Featherfall Casino, Brewing Company, Oroville, CA
  • 08/22/15 BAL Theatre, San Leandro, CA
  • 07/25/15 Windmill Cove Concert Series, Stockton, CA
  • 07/11/15 Hannah Nicole Vineyards, Stockton, CA
  • 05/30/15 Rancho Murieta Concert Series, Rancho Murieta, CA
  • 05/29/15 Harlow’s, Sacramento, CA
  • 05/23/15 RockBar Theater, San Jose, CA
  • 05/15/15 Planet Gemini, Monterey, CA
  • 10/09/15 Rockbar Theater, San Jose CA
  • 09/19/15 SF Aids Foundation Tribute Celebration, San Francisco CA
  • 09/11/15 BlackOak Casino, Tuolumne, CA
  • 09/04/15 Featherfall Casino, Brewing Company, Oroville, CA
  • 08/22/15 BAL Theatre, San Leandro, CA
  • 07/25/15 Windmill Cove Concert Series, Stockton, CA
  • 07/11/15 Hannah Nicole Vineyards, Stockton, CA
  • 05/30/15 Rancho Murieta Concert Series, Rancho Murieta, CA
  • 05/29/15 Harlow’s, Sacramento, CA
  • 05/23/15 RockBar Theater, San Jose, CA
  • 05/15/15 Planet Gemini, Monterey, CA
  • 04/17/15 Dan’s Bar, Walnut Creek, CA
  • 04/10/15 Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne, CA
  • 03/07/15 Club Fox, Redwood City, CA
  • 02/27/15 Harlow’s, Sacramento, CA
  • 02/13/15 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
  • 01/17/15 Club Fox, Redwood City, CA 94063
  • 01/23/15 Fulton 55, Fresno, CA
  • 12/31/14 Fenix, San Rafael, CA
  • 12/19/14 RockBar Theater, San Jose, CA
  • 12/06/14 Private Corporate Event, San Francisco CA
  • 11/28/14 Harlow’s, Sacramento CA
  • 11/01/14 Fulton 55, Fresno CA
  • 10/31/14 BackBar SOFA, San Jose CA
  • 10/24/14 Bottom Of The Hill, San Francisco CA
  • 09/26/14 Engelmann Cellars Winery, Fresno, CA
  • 09/22/14 Fenix, San Rafael, CA
  • 09/20/14 The Flamingo Resort Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa, CA
  • 09/13/14 Club Fox, Redwood City, CA
  • 09/05/14 El Dorado Hills Concert Series, El Dorado Hills CA
  • 09/04/14 Music & Market Concert Series, Todos Santos Plaza, Concord CA
  • 08/30/14 Private Wedding, Oakland CA
  • 08/22/14 Private Event for CBS Interactive, San Francisco CA
  • 08/16/14 Harlow’s, Sacramento CA
  • 08/01/14 Redwood City Music On The Square Concert Series, Redwood City CA
  • 07/26/14 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
  • 07/18/14 Britannia Arms Almaden, San Jose CA
  • 06/21/14 Don Quixote’s International Music Hall, Felton CA
  • 05/30/14 The Blank Club, San Jose CA
  • 04/25/14 Dan’s Bar, Walnut Creek CA
  • 04/11/14 Fenix, San Rafael CA
  • 03/22/14 The Uptown, Oakland CA
  • 02/07/14 Don Quixote’s International Music Hall, Felton CA
  • 12/20/13 Red Devil Lounge, San Francisco CA
  • 12/13/13 The Blank Club, San Jose CA
  • 12/12/13 Private Event for CBS Interactive, San Francisco CA
  • 10/26/13 The Uptown, Oakland CA
  • 10/20/13 Treasure Island Music Festival, Bay Area CA
  • 10/18/13 Shboom Nightclub, San Ramon CA
  • 09/28/13 Bimbos 365 Club, San Francisco CA
  • 09/14/13 Montgomery Village Concert Series, Santa Rosa CA
  • 08/17/13 Dan’s Bar, Walnut Creek CA
  • 08/09/13 Shboom Nightclub, San Ramon CA
  • 07/26/13 The New Parish, Oakland CA
  • 07/06/13 Don Quixote’s International Music Hall, Felton CA
  • 06/29/13 The Blank Club, San Jose CA
  • 06/06/13 Private Event at Brick & Mortar, San Francisco CA
  • 05/24/13 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
  • 05/11/13 Dan’s Bar, Walnut Creek CA
  • 05/03/13 Don Quixote’s International Music Hall, Felton CA
  • 04/26/13 Bimbos 365 Club, San Francisco CA
  • 03/23/13 Dan’s Bar, Walnut Creek CA
  • 03/08/13 Red Devil Lounge, San Francisco CA
  • 02/15/13 Café DuNord, San Francisco CA
  • 02/09/13 Don Quixote’s International Music Hall, Felton CA
  • 01/24/13 Red Devil Lounge, San Francisco CA
  • 01/24/13 Red Devil Lounge, San Francisco CA
  • 02/09/13 Don Quixote’s International Music Hall, Felton CA
  • 12/13/12 Red Devil Lounge, San Francisco CA
  • 11/16/12 Red Devil Lounge, San Francisco CA

Song List

More songs always being added.

  • 17 Days
  • 1999
  • A Love Bizarre
  • Baby I’m A Star
  • Computer Blue
  • Controversy
  • Darling Nikki
  • Delirious
  • Diamonds And Pearls
  • Dirty Mind
  • D.M.S.R.
  • Erotic City
  • Extraloveable Reloaded
  • Fury
  • Gett Off
  • Head
  • I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
  • I Feel For You
  • It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night
  • I Wanna Be Your Lover
  • I Would Die 4 U
  • Housequake
  • Jungle Love
  • Kiss
  • Lady Cab Driver
  • Let’s Go Crazy
  • Little Red Corvette
  • Musicology
  • Nothing Compares To You
  • Purple Rain
  • Rasbperry Beret
  • Sarah
  • Sexy M.F.
  • Sign O’ The Times
  • Slow Love
  • Starfish And Coffee
  • Take Me With You
  • The Beautiful Ones
  • The Bird
  • The Glamorous Life
  • U Got The Look
  • Uptown
  • When Doves Cry

Booking

The Purple Ones are available for nightclubs, of your event, as well as any information you can provide on the occasion, audience size, production needs, etc.

Please contact Morty Okin: e-mail: morty@purpleones.com
Phone: (415) 377-7076

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