Dean Ford as Prince Photo by Patrick Perkins

Dean Ford and The Beautiful Ones plan to return to the Waterville Opera House at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at 1 Common St. in Waterville.

Dressed 2 the 9s, Dean Ford embodies Prince with every fiber of his being, giving audiences a show as close as they will ever get to the real thing. Ford and company perform all the hits you know and love, including the “Purple Rain” album in its entirety. But, it’s more than just the songs. He’s got the look, the moves, and the sounds down jaw-droppingly well.

It all started in 2011, when Ford and his musician friends put on their first of many sold out tributes to the Purple One in Portland. The show, lovingly entitled “Purple Brainz” is now held annually at Port City Music Hall. Past shows have featured Prince and The Revolution’s own keyboardist Matt “Doctor” Fink. Lately, Ford has been sticking with a rotation of his core band, The Beautiful Ones. Though, he and the band have plenty of surprises up their frilled sleeves.

Tickets cost $18 in advance or $23 day of show. Tickets are nonrefundable.

For tickets, or more information visit operahouse.org.

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