LONG BEACH — Sheila E. will headline Long Beach Pride, organizers announced today.
The 35th annual Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival will take place May 19 and 20 on Shoreline Drive between Shoreline Village Drive and Alamitos Avenue at Marina Green and Rainbow Lagoon parks.
The percussionist-singer will perform May 20 at the event’s main stage, according to a press release from Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Pride, the nonprofit group that produces the two-day festival and parade.
The Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade will take place May 20 along Ocean Boulevard.
Tickets are$20 online and and $25 at the gate.
Each year, about 80,000 people attend the festival and parade, which were founded by Bob Crow, Marilyn Barlow and Judith Doyle, who established the event in 1983 as a way to empower and support the local gay and LGBTQ community.
Born in Oakland, Sheila E. (aka Sheila Cecelia Escovedo) began her career in the mid 1970s as a percussionist and singer for The George Duke Band. After leaving the group in 1983, Sheila E. began a successful solo career, starting with her critically acclaimed debut album, which included the career-defining song, “The Glamorous Life.”
That same year, Sheila E. joined Marvin Gaye’s final tour “Midnight Love Tour” as a percussionist.
Sheila E. garnered mainstream pop success in 1985 following the success of the singles, “The Belle of St. Mark,” “Sister Fate,” and “A Love Bizarre,” which also became a signature song.
Sheila E. also worked with Prince more than 20 years, including “Purple Rain” recording sessions in 1984 and numerous performances.
Sheila headlined the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in 2012.
In 2014, Sheila E. released her autobiography, “Beat of My Own Drum,” and her seventh CD, “Icon.”