PHOTOS | Sheila E. honors Prince’s legacy of giving with Purple Philanthropy benefit concert

Sheila E. led a group of drummers on stage to open the show
Sheila E. led a group of drummers on stage to open the show (Chris Juhn/MSR News)

Percussionist, singer/songwriter and longtime Prince protégé and musical collaborator, Sheila E., paid homage to Prince and his legacy of charitable giving with the “Purple Philanthropy” concert at Minnesota Orchestra Hall Oct. 23.

Sheila’s father, jazz percussionist Pete Escovedo, members of Prince’s family, ex-wife Mayte and other Prince associates, plus young local musicians, joined her on stage to celebrate Prince’s legacy. Prior to the show, members of community organizations that Prince once gave to, including Sabathani Community Center and Eric Mahmoud of Harvest Prep, spoke about the late artist’s charitable acts. Early in the day, local artists displayed their Prince-inspired artwork.

See photos of the concert below by Chris Juhn, and check back for a review of the concert by Ivan B. Phifer.