‘The Queen of Percussion’ Sheila E. to headline North Long Beach Uptown Jazz this August

Sheila Escovedo, known by fans as Sheila E., the Queen of Percussion for her electric drum solos, will headline day two of the two-day Uptown Jazz Fest set to kick off on Aug. 21.

Sheila E. made a name for herself as an iconic musician early on in her life and has performed with musical legends including Prince, Beyoncé and Lionel Richie.

This year’s 10th annual Jazz Fest will return to in-person performances after transitioning to a virtual presentation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re excited to return for the 10th year, themed ‘In This Together,’ highlighting the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccine, while bringing ‘the Queen of Percussion’ Sheila E. to North Long Beach to help amplify our message,” stated a statement from Councilman Rex Richardson’s office.

This year’s festival theme promotes a healthy safe summer, with a focus on health resources, COVID-19 outreach, vaccinations and education.

The festival will feature a block party, numerous vendors and food trucks. The festival will also feature on-site vaccinations and testing.

Richardson said. “Expect an incredible performance.”

The complete lineup and day events:

Main Stage at Houghton Park Saturday, Aug. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

  • Sheila E., Queen of Percussion will close out Saturday’s event
  • Special guest to be announced
  • DW3
  • Biscuits & Gravy
  • Ryck Jane
  • Pastor Funk
  • Paulie Cerra
  • Live entertainment provided by DJ, Mr. Quick

Artesia Block Party Stage Saturday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

  • Hour the Band
  • Shy But Flyy
  • Steen
  • Jay Boykin
  • DJ Zest
  • Urban Society Long Beach

All-White Attire Party Friday, Aug. 20 at Houghton Park from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.:

  • Sy Smith
  • New Blues Revolution
  • Susie Hansen Latin Jazz Band
  • Tatiana Tate Quartet

Uptown Jazz Festival slated for in-person concert in August

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