Sheila E. will play a Prince tribute concert in the Twin Cities after all.
Prince’s former drummer and fiancée will perform Oct. 23 at Orchestra Hall in what is being billed as the Purple Philanthropy Sheila E. Benefit Concert.
The Purple Philanthropy fund is administered by the Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project.
After Prince died April 21 of an accidental painkiller overdose, Sheila E. said she would spearhead a Prince tribute concert to probably be held at the new U.S. Bank Stadium. However, once things evolved with Prince’s estate and its administrator, the Bremer Trust, others took charge of the planning for the concert.
Since plans didn’t solidify quickly, Sheila E. booked her own tour, which includes an Oct. 13 date in suburban New York City with Sergio Mendes.
That ended up being the date of the big Prince tribute concert in the Twin Cities — however, the show was moved from the Vikings stadium in Minneapolis to Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul with a lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Chaka Khan, Christina Aguilera, Morris Day & the Time and others. The concert sold out within minutes when tickets went on sale Monday morning.
Details of Sheila E.’s concert will be announced at 9:30 a.m. Friday at a news conference with her, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Grammy-winning producer Andre Fischer of the Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project.
The Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project is a nonprofit organization that promotes jazz as history, self-expression and culture to young people. Fischer founded it about four years ago.