Sheila E.

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My roommate and I have a standing feud over one of the dumbest disagreements ever: Which one of Prince’s model-gorgeous ‘80s paramours was the most talented, especially minus any of the Purple One’s regal musical raucousness and unmistakable flavor? My friend says Jill Jones, the talented singer-songwriter who, sadly, may be as well-known for her two five-second Purple Rain scenes—she was that bleached-blonde, tongue-tied waitress fan of The Kid—as she is for her own virtually ignored material. For me, it’s no-brainer: Sheila Escovedo, hands down—the indeniably badass, sought-after percussionist, drummer and guitar player who not only made her mark as a singer in those days, but has gone on to flourish as a musician and musical director—for not only Prince, but dozens of others. She’s shared stages with the likes of Marvin Gaye, Ringo Starr, George Duke, Beyonce, Gloria Estefan, Lionel Richie—the list is lengthy, impressive and growing longer as each month passes.

In Miss Sheila’s case, the blood ties extol the range of her gifts: Daddy’s the uber-legendary Pete Escovedo, the namesake of her fellow-percussionist brother Pete Jr., and they all—with another Escovedo brother, Juan—form The E. Family Band, with whom the lady often plays and headlines. That is, of course, when she’s not touring or helming shows of her own, like this one-night-only gig, surely the hottest ticket in Wilmington tonight. // KENYA BEVERLY

8pm. $40. World Cafe Live at The Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del. 302.994.1400. queen.worldcafelive.com

 

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Friday, May 30, 2014
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