10 Koo Koo Facts About Riptide Music Festival Artist Sheila E.

Performing Live on Nov. 30th, 2018

November 13, 2018

With Riptide Music Festival Powered by Ford less than a month away, we wanted to give you the scoop on some of our 2018 artists. Sheila E. will be taking the stage on Friday, November 30th! To get you ready to see her, here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about her “Glamourous Life”


1. As a percussionist, Sheila E. follows the beat of her own drum, which you can learn more about in her memoir, “The Beat of My Own Drum: A Memoir” published in 2015.


2. "The Glamorous Life" is a song written by Prince, recorded by singer/percussionist Sheila E. and produced by both, released as a single in 1984.


3. Sheila E. comes from a family of musicians. Her parents are Pete Escovedo, an American-Mexican percussionist who played with Santana, and her mother is Juanita Gardere, a dairy factory worker.


4. Prince worked with hundreds of musicians, had many friends and several long-term romances, but none combined all three, or lasted as long, as his relationship with Sheila E.


5. Sheila E. was already an accomplished percussionist when she first met Prince, having worked with jazz artists and later with soul stars Marvin Gaye and Lionel Richie. The two became friends and would frequently jam together, but their first recorded collaboration emerged in 1984 with “Erotic City,” then again on her second album, Romance 1600, which included a duet with Prince, "Love Bizarre," which shot up the charts.


6. Her birthday is December 12th, so make sure you wish her a happy early birthday at Riptide Music Festival!


7. Sheila E. is left handed when playing the congas, she learned to play with her left, because she was copying her father. She recalled to Bloom: "When my father practiced, I'd sit in front of him and copy him, mirror style. I was just mocking then, but later I'd come back and play by myself." Because of this mirroring, Sheila developed what Bloom labeled a "left-handed style" on the drums, which allows her to beat them faster and harder than most drummers.


8. Her godfather is Tito Punte, if you were at Riptide Music Festival last year, then you remember Tito Puente Jr. lit up the underground stage with his amazing mambo percussion performance!


9. In 2002, 2003, and 2006, Sheila E. toured with the “Ringo All Star Band” where "everybody on stage is a star in their own right." Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band is a concept that was created by producer David Fishof. The band has consistently toured for nearly three decades, and rotates its line-up depending on availability of musicians and at Starr's discretion.

10. Let’s let the music speak for itself! Here’s a little taste of what you’ll experience at Riptide Music Festival 2018! Check it out and buy your tickets now!  We’ll see you on Fort Lauderdale Beach on Nov. 30th with Sheila E.