Posted by The G on August 31, 2012 under G Videos | Comments are off for this article
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On August 29, 2012, the ever fabulous Sheila E. packed the house at BB King’s in New York. One of the zillions of highlights from the show was her performance of “The Belle of St. Mark.” Another belle of St. Mark is celebrating her birthday today, so this funk goes out to her. She knows who she is! x
If you missed the fDeluxe/Sheila E. concert at BB King’s in New York on August 29, 2012, you missed out on a great funkin’ night! There are so many highlights, it’s hard to begin, but this ought to sum it up – when’s the last time you heard “Mutiny” and “Koo Koo” performed live on the same night?!
Susannah Melvoin and St. Paul of fDeluxe
fDeluxe, formerly known as The Family, have only played New York a few times in their 20+ year career, but they really know how to make up for lost time. Aside from the two instrumental tracks (“Susannah’s Pajamas” and “Yes”), fDeluxe played every track from their debut album, “The Family.” What that means in lay man’s terms is New York got to hear funky live renditions of “High Fashion,” “Mutiny,” “The Screams of Passion,” “River Run Dry,” “Desire” and “Nothing Compares 2 U,” which was sung by The Family 5 years before Sinead O’Connor recorded it.
Susannah Melvoin and Eric Leeds
While the members of fDeluxe – St. Paul Peterson, Susannah Melvoin, Jellybean Johnson and Eric Leeds – might not be household names, to their fans, including myself, these are not mere mortals, but gods whose music has made our lives better and funkier for more than 2 decades! One of the highlights of the evening for me was sax man Eric Leeds walking out on stage for the first time during “High Fashion.” The audience absolutely lost their minds! He’s played sax or flute on so many of Prince’s best loved songs from the 80s, that when he emerged, you would have thought Prince himself was making an appearance (he did not, for those wondering).
fDeluxe didn’t just take us on a trip down memory lane, however. The band, funky as ever, played many songs from their 2011 album “Gaslight,” including the title track, “Drummers and Healers,” “@ 8,” and their new single “You Got What You Wanted,” an Ike and Tina Turner cover. “You Got What You Wanted” has just been released on fDeluxe’s official website and a limited edition CD single is available now.
You Got What You Wanted by fDeluxe. Out Now!
To celebrate the release of the new single, fDeluxe hung around at the merch table after the show and greeted their adoring fans. It was really cute hearing super-fans gush at how their songs have been anthems to us and many people thanked them for the music.
The show could have ended there and it would have been an amazing night, but fDeluxe were only warming us up for even more funk! If you’ve never seen Sheila E. perform before, you are seriously missing out. In addition to somehow finding the fountain of youth (look at her! She looks even better than she did 20 years ago!), she is one of the best performers and musicians you will EVER see. She plays intricate percussion and drum solos that she makes look effortless and no matter how many times I see her, and it’s been a lot, I have more and more respect for her talent. In addition to her new song “Leader of the Band,” and many Latin Jazz songs, Sheila E. also played many songs from her time in the Prince world.
Of course she played “A Love Bizarre,” and the show closer “the Glamourous Life,” but in addition she also played “Holly Rock,” “The Belle of St. Mark,” “Koo Koo,” and “Erotic City.” She had a tight and funky band, which included Eddie M. on sax. Watching people lose their cool during “Koo Koo,” which I’ve never heard live in all the times I’ve seen Sheila E., was definitely a highlight. Hopefully the love that New York showed Sheila E. and fDeluxe will be contagious and will enable them both to come back more often. Until then, we have memories from BB King’s to last us a lifetime.
Posted by The G on December 12, 2011 under Celebrities | Comments are off for this article
Photo and autograph courtesy of A2G’s massive in person autograph collection.
According2g would like to wish Sheila Escovedo, better known as Sheila E., a very happy birthday on December 11, 2011. Sheila E.’s music has brought so much joy and happiness to my life! She’s beyond amazing when you see her in concert and above all, she’s a really nice person. She kindly donates her time to so many charitable causes and when you put all those things together, there are few cooler people out there. Her albums “The Glamorous Life,” “Romance 1600,” “Sheila E. (The White Album),” and “Sex Cymbal” have been in high rotation since they were released and many times when I hear these albums, I love them so much, I listen to them many times in a row. Hope you have a wonderful birthday Sheila, and many happy more!
Posted by The G on November 3, 2011 under Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article
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Sheila E and G
Wednesday like a river! I love Sheila E. so much! I’ve been a fan of her music since her brilliant debut album “The Glamorous Life” was released in 1984. Her next few albums “Romance 1600,” “Sheila E. (also known as “The White Album”) and “Sex Cymbal” have been in high rotation with me for over 20 years. In that time, I’ve seen and met Sheila E. so many times and as I am writing this, something so obvious that I’ve never thought about occurred to me – Sheila E. has NEVER let me down. Whether you are listening to her albums, seeing her in concert or meeting her in person, Sheila E. delivers! In concert, Sheila is one of the best musicians I’ve ever seen. She’s so good, she can even kick Prince’s ass! Yes. I said it (because it’s true). But that’s not all! You’ve not lived unless you’ve seen a legendary percussion “battle” with her brother Peter Michael Escovedo. Though I could stop right there, I will not. Sheila E. is not just all great music and live performance. She donates so much time and energy into great causes such as the Elevate Hope Foundation and as if it was not enough to be inspired by her music, her humanitarian efforts are so commendable.
I could go on and on about how much I love Sheila, but you came here to get the story behind this great picture you see above. On Wednesday, November 2, 2011, Sheila E. tweeted that she was in New York, gave a location and a time and told her fans to stop by for a “quick pic.” I think you know the next part of the story. True to her word, Sheila arrived and all it took was me saying “I read your Tweets this morning” and she laughed and got in position for a “quick pic.” How cool is that? SO cool, according2g. Sheila E. and The E-Family have a new album out called “Now and Forever,” and you know it’s going to be good, because like I said before – Sheila E. does not disappoint! Find out more on Sheila E.’s official website. Thanks again Sheila for ALWAYS being so great in every way!