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Live performance of Operation: Prince featuring Craig Mitchell & The Purple Ones, filmed on October 7, 2016 in Stowe, VT. The concert was the opening act of The Belizbeha Reunion Weekend at Rusty Nail presented by Nectar's.

Formed out of love for Prince and his music, Operation: Prince has been fronted by Craig Mitchell since the band’s inception during Burlington’s Discover Jazz Festival at Club Metronome, June 7, 2010. The band has performed numerous times since their first show and has included various members over the years, featuring some of The Queen City’s funkiest musicians.  Coming off their sold out Higher Ground Ballroom performance following The Purple One’s passing, the band currently consists of:

Craig Mitchell as Prince – Vocals

Alex Budney – Bass (Seth Yacovone Band, Family Night)

Danny Whitney – Keyboards, Backing Vocals (The Renegade Groove)

Mike Fried – Keyboards (Sad Turtle, Dr. Ruckus)

Collin Craig – Lead Guitar (The Collin Craig Continuum, The Renegade Groove)

Matt Hagen – Rhythm Guitar (The High Breaks, Lendway)

Jamie Heintz – Drums (Chamberlin, Mac Swan & Black Holly)

Andrew Gagnon – Percussion, Backing Vocals (Renegade Groove, The Too Hot to Handle)

Original Airdate: 
Monday, January 23, 2017