Cape Gazette

Amazing opening to Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival

Cape students join on stage with Sheila E.
By Ron MacArthur | Oct 18, 2013
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Sheila E. (Escovedo), center, performs with Cape students Emily Heilner, left, and Morgan Hurlock. Escovedo was impressed with the Cape music program and invited the students to be on stage with her. Heilner is an eighth grader at Beacon Middle School and Hurlock is a sophomore at Cape Henlopen High School.

The 24th annual Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival got off to a rousing start Oct. 17 on the Cape Henlopen High School stage.

Performances by saxophonists Steve Cole and Marion Meadows kicked off the festival followed by an electrifying, energy-filled performance from Sheila E.

Making the evening even more special, Sheila E. was joined on stage for several numbers with her father, Pete Escovedo, who has been performing around the world for more than 50 years.

Then to top the evening off, two Cape Henlopen School District music students joined in with the band for a grand finale. Eighth-grader Emily Heilner and 10th-grader Morgan Hurlock jammed with the band and played a solo number.

Sheila E. was so impressed with the Cape music department and its jazz band that she asked the students to join her on stage. She also promotes music in schools through the Elevate Hope Foundation.

Following the concert, and more than an hour of signing autographs, Sheila E., her father and band were treated to a late-night, early-morning dinner at Cilantro in Rehoboth Beach.

Owner Gladys Fernandez invited the performers to her restaurant, and they accepted the invitation. And it was Fernandez who opened up the kitchen and cooked the meal. She would not accept payment, but did ask everyone to make donations to Sheila E.'s foundation.

The festival continues through Sunday, Oct. 20, at venues throughout the Cape region. Go to for a complete schedule.

See more in the Tuesday, Oct. 22 edition.




Sheila E. with eighth grader Emily Heilner after she performed a solo with the band. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Sheila E. asks for applause for Cape 10th-grader Morgan Hurlock after her performance. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Emily Heilner, left, and Morgan Hurlock jam with Sheila E.'s band on the Cape Henlopen High School stage during a night they will never forget. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Based in Oakland, Calif., percussionist and singer Sheila E. is a non-stop bundle of energy on the stage. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Audience members dance on stage during the Sheila E. concert. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Pete Escovedo, the father of Sheila, is recognized around the world for his live performances, session work and albums. At 78 years of age, he says he has no plans of slowing down. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Steve Cole, a jazz saxophonist from Chicago, is the 2013 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival Performer of the Year. His new release, "Pulse," mixes R&B, contemporary jazz, gospel, blues and pop. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Perky Dred Scott, right, presents the Producer of the Year award to Steve Butler who has worked with the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival for the past five years. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Award-winning saxophonist Steve Cole performs a song from his new album. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Marion Meadows, who was discovered while playing his saxophone in a train station, performs on the opening night of the jazz festival.
Marion Meadows, left, and Steve Cole join on stage for a final number. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Sheila E. asks the audience to get up on their feet. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
With an infectious smile, Sheila E. delights the large opening-night crowd. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Sheila E. performs a 10-minute drum solo. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Award-winning Sheila E. has performed on stages worldwide and collaborated with some of the top names in the music industry. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Sheila E. is a talented singer as well as one of the most respected percussionists in the world. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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