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Sheila E.

The Paramount Theatre is pleased to present

Sheila E.

Taking place Friday, June 28th, 2024

8 PM

Tickets go on sale Saturday, February 10th at 1 PM!

Ticket Prices:

Row B-O $75
Row P-U & Row AA – CC $65
Row U-X & Row DD-GG $55

Please be advised,  a $2 Facility Fee is applied online, over the phone, or through the box office. Additional TicketMaster fees apply to online purchases.

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One of life’s constants for Sheila E. comes down to a simple phrase: follow the beat. And
her impeccable inner rhythm is the pulse behind a trailblazing career that still knows no
Family, faith and music were guiding forces for Sheila E. growing up in the Bay Area. In
addition to percussionist dad Pete, the Oakland,CA native counts former Santana
member/Azteca founder Coke Escovedo and The Dragons front man Mario Escovedo as
uncles. Fellow Latin star Tito Puente was her godfather. In addition to being weaned on
Latin jazz and Motown, Sheila E. was exposed to a diverse array of Bay Area acts. Those
influences ranged from the rock of Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead to the R&B/pop
of the Pointer Sisters and the funk of Sly & the Family Stone. “I used to sit on the corner
outside of the local community center with Twinkies and 7-Up listening to Sly and Larry
Graham rehearse,” remembers Sheila E. “The sounds of the Bay Area molded me.”
So it’s no surprise that after such a music-immersive childhood, the gifted, world-class
drummer and percussionist began amassing an impressive string of credits playing not only
with her dad but also with pioneering talents like George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Marvin
Gaye, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Prince, Ringo Starr, Gloria Estefan, Beyonce and Jennifer
Lopez. Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter behind the seminal hits “The
Glamorous Life” and “A Love Bizarre.” A fearless multi-instrumentalist, equally proficient on
guitar and bass, actress, mentor and philanthropist.
Following a Bay Area gig in the late ‘70s, Sheila E. met Prince backstage. Their Purple
Rain recording sessions—including her vocals on the 1984 classic “Erotic City”—morphed
into launching her solo career that same year. Debut album The Glamorous Life spun off
the Grammy Award-nominated top 10 hit of the same name plus a second top 40 single
“The Belle of St. Mark.” Between her ‘80s tenure as drummer, songwriter and musical
director for Prince’s backup band, Sheila E. released two more solo albums (Romance 1600
and Shelia E.) and scored another classic hit with “A Love Bizarre.”
Sheila E.’s fierce, dynamic verve onstage has made her a major concert draw since the
‘90s. Along the way, she has acted in the films “Krush Groove”, “The Adventures of Ford
Fairlane”, “Chasing Papi” and launched various music projects (E-Train, C.O.E.D., E Family
Band). She added to her arsenal of credits performing on the 2012 Academy Awards with
pop hitmaker Pharrell Williams and composer Hans Zimmer. Sheila E. was also among the
roster of stars chosen to perform at the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors whose honorees
included artists Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel and Carlos Santana.
Sheila E.’s producing, arranging, and performance talents have been showcased throughout
the music and film industry with appearances on, The Academy Awards, The Latin Grammy
Awards, BET Awards, The American Music Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors, The
Summer Olympics, WOW Awards, ALMA’s, and The Image Awards just to name a few. In
2010 Sheila was nominated for an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Music Direction” in
recognition for her leadership as musical director for President Obama’s Performance at
The White House: Fiesta Latina and again more recently in 2020 for “Let’s Go Crazy”
Grammy Salute to Prince. Other projects, include The E Family Now and Forever, Pete
Escovedo Live at Stern Grove Festival with her father Pete Escovedo, and brothers Juan
and Peter Michael Escovedo, Sheila E. Live from Lugano Switzerland DVD, Silk Road from
the group Heavenese hailing from Japan, a literary biography released by Simon &
Schuster Publishing Titled The Beat of My Own Drum, ICON Sheila’s 2014 solo album and
the single release Girl Meets Boy in memory of the late, great, Prince.
Away from the spotlight, music doubles as a source of healing and giving back for Sheila E.
And that was part of the inspiration for penning the autobiography “The Beat of My Own
Drum”. Playing a perceived male instrument and working in a male dominated industry
exacted a personal price—several years ago Sheila E. publicly acknowledged she was an
abuse survivor. “The book was the beginning of the healing”, says Sheila E. “I’d talked
about working in a male-dominated industry in my ministry and addressed it in some of the
song lyrics I’d written. But it was challenging to sit down and write about it in detail for the
book. No one in my household told me I couldn’t play drums because I was a girl. It wasn’t
until I was outside of the house and playing sessions. But through pain comes realization,
understanding and the opportunity to help others overcome those challenges”.
Sheila E. continues to produce and perform music throughout the world. Her last studio
project and tour, ICONIC, was Sheila’s effort to bring awareness to social issues and
humanitarianism. Her 2020 single releases, “No Line” with the legendary Snoop Dogg,
“Lemon Cake” & “Bailar” are Sheila’s continued contribution to the music industry. The
Queen of Percussion plans to release new music in 2022 Sheila E. is CEO of the
entertainment company StilettoFlats Inc. located in Los Angeles California.
With no Google or YouTube artist script to follow back then, she says her career drive was
propelled by one thing: “I just did it because I loved it. And that’s what Icon represents. I
started all this as Sheila Escovedo then became this persona named Sheila E. Now Sheila
E. and Sheila Escovedo are the same person, still making music that comes from the heart.”