Acclaimed Percussionist Sheila E. One of Headline Acts to Perform at 2020 Monterey County Fair, Sept. 3-7


MONTEREY, CA. (March 23, 2020) — Chart-topping percussionist Sheila E, best known for playing with Prince and the hit single “The Glamorous Life,” will be one of the headliners at the 84th annual Monterey County Fair, which will be held Sept. 3-7, 2020, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center.

Sheila E. will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 on the Payton Stage at the Fair. All live music is free with fair admission. A full schedule of entertainment will be released early this summer.

While she is best known for her stints with Prince — she recorded, toured, served as an opening act and even appeared in his films — she was a hit artist in her own right, releasing the hit single “The Glamorous Life” in 1984. The song hit #7 on the charts, topped the dance charts, received nominations for three MTV Video Awards and two Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance Female.

Her others hits include “The Belle of St. Mark,” “Sister Fate,” and “A Love Bizarre,” which became one of her signature songs. Because of her drumming talents, she’s often referred to as “The Queen of Percussion.”

In addition to Prince, she has performed and recorded with artists such as George Duke, Lionel Richie, Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock, and Diana Ross.

Sheila E. comes from a musical family: her father Pete Escovedo is an acclaimed Latin jazz percussionist; another Latin jazz legend, Tito Puente is her godfather; one of her uncles, percussionist Coke Escovedo performed with Santana and founded the Latin rock band Azteca; another uncle is acclaimed Texas singer-songwriter and guitarist Alejandro Escovedo; two other uncles include Javier Escovedo, founder of seminal San Diego punk act The Zeros, and Mario Escovedo, front man for long-running indie rockers The Dragons.

She performed with Usher in January 2020, at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards in a tribute to Prince.

The Monterey County Fair will run from Thursday, Sept. 3-Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, in Monterey. The theme of the 2020 fair is “Fiesta.”


About the Monterey County Fair & Event Center

The Monterey County Fair & Event Center is a premier event center set on 22 oak-studded acres with ample parking. It is a state-owned multi-use facility that features four large banquet rooms, two outdoor concert venues, and a variety of outdoor and indoor cost-effective sites ideal for all types of events. It is home of the annual award-winning Monterey County Fair, host to many major and private events on the Central Coast, and the site of the Monterey Bay Race Place, a Satellite Wagering Facility.

For more information, contact the Fair Administration Office, at 2004 Fairground Road in Monterey, by calling (831) 372-5863