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An Evening with Cedric "The Entertainer" and Friends feat. Sheila E.

Saturday

Oct 21, 2017 – 8:00 PM

1400 Market Street
Saint Louis, MO 63103 Map

  • Cedric the Entertainer
  • Sheila E.

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Tickets  $52, $42 & $32
Cedric the Entertainer: Charismatic actor/ comedian CEDRIC “THE ENTERTAINER” is best known for his many crowd-pleasing performances in such hit films as BARBERSHOP, BE COOL with John Travolta, MADAGASCAR, INTOLERABLE CRUELTY with George Clooney, JOHNSON FAMILY VACATION (the 2004 box office hit in which Cedric was both star and producer), and THE ORIGINAL KINGS OF COMEDY (MTV’S phenomenally successful documentary feature directed by Spike Lee), to name a few.

Additionally, on the big screen, Cedric has recently been seen co-starring with Marlon Wayans in the box office hit “A HAUNTED HOUSE”; He has also starred opposite Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks in the comedy feature LARRY CROWNE; as well as shared the marquee in CADILLAC RECORDS with Adrien Brody and Beyonce Knowles; STREET KINGS opposite Keanu Reeves ; WELCOME HOME ROSCOE JENKINS with Martin Lawrence; TALK TO ME starring Don Cheadle; CODENAME: THE CLEANER opposite Lucy Liu; THE HONEYMOONERS (in which he starred as Jackie Gleason’s famed character “Ralph Cramden”; with thumbs up from Roger Ebert); LEMONY SNICKET with Jim Carrey; MAN OF THE HOUSE with Tommy Lee Jones; BARBERSHOP 2; BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE; KINGDOM COME with Whoopi Goldberg; SERVING SARA with Matthew Perry; as well as displaying tremendous vocal talent in the family features MADAGASCAR 2, CHARLOTTE’S WEB, DR. DOLITTLE 2 and ICE AGE, and, most recently, Disney’s “PLANES’ released in theaters on August 9, 2013. He will next be seen in “A Haunted House 2″ (sequel) — March 28, 2014 release date.

Marking yet another career highlight, on March 20, 2013, Cedric was named the new host of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” joining the long-running iconic game show beginning its 12th season in national syndication. Cedric replaces Meredith Vieira, who launched the weekday version of the game show in 2002 and remained host for 11 seasons, through 2013.

Cedric’s universal appeal, versatility, and tremendous career successes spanning television, live performances, and film have solidified his standing as one of the premier entertainers in the world.

In July 2006, Cedric’s first-ever HBO Comedy Special, “Cedric The Entertainer: Taking You Higher”, was the highest rated special of that year for the network.

In November 2008, Cedric made his Broadway debut in David Mamet’s masterpiece “American Buffalo”…His performance was singled out for critical praise.

As for more big screen credits, in 2012 Cedric revisited his co-starring role in the DreamWorks Animation box office winner MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’s MOST WANTED. As a regular cast member of the mega-hit franchise, he once again lent his voice as “Maurice (the lemur)”. During that year, Cedric also starred along with JASON BIGGS in the political drama “GRASS ROOTS” directed by Steven Gyllenhaal ; as well as made a fun brief featured appearance with Christina Ricci in the romantic comedy “ALL’s FAIRE IN LOVE: Romance Has a Renaissance”.

Later that same year, in June 2012, Cedric’s new comedy series “The Soul Man” debuted. It is a spin-off of “Hot in Cleveland” based on the funny quirky character “Reverend Boyce ‘The Voice’ Ballentine” a former R & B music star turned minister that Cedric portrayed on the hit “Hot” series. Popular comedic actress Niecy Nash shares the spotlight on the new sitcom co-starring as his wife “Lolli”. “The Soul Man” is created by Cedric and Suzanne Martin (“Hot in Cleveland”). The show is currently celebrating its third season. Tagline: “He goes from Singing Soul to Saving Souls” (airs Wednesdays 10:30pmET/PT on TV Land).

Some notable career accolades for the multi-talented funny man include: nabbing THE AFTRA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN TELEVISION PROGRAMMING for his Fox Television series “CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER PRESENTS…”; a record-breaking (4) consecutive NAACP Image Awards for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” for his portrayal of the lovable “Coach Cedric Robinson” on the WB’s #1-rated “The Steve Harvey Show”, which ran for six seasons. His first comedy book, Grown-As Man, was released in January of 2002 and sold out across the country. In 2001, a viewing audience of over 144 million saw Cedric star in the Bud Light commercial that landed in the #1 spot during the Super Bowl broadcast(subsequently, USA Today dubbed him “Madison Avenue’s Most Valuable Player”). And, in 1994, Cedric received THE RICHARD PRYOR COMIC OF THE YEAR AWARD from Black Entertainment Television for his ground-breaking work as host of Def Comedy Jam and BET’s Comic View (1994-95)

Now helming his own production company, A BIRD AND A BEAR ENTERTAINMENT, Cedric develops and produces feature films (“Johnson Family Vacation” was the first under the banner). In 2009, he made his directorial debut overseeing the dance-film spoof “Dance Fu” starring rising comic actor Kel Mitchell released on DVD October 4, 2011.

The 2011 launch of his WHOCed designer hat line marks yet another facet of the busy and creative comedy star.

As a philanthropist, Cedric founded THE CEDRIC ‘THE ENTERTAINER CHARITABLE FOUNDATION which provides college scholarships and outreach programs to enhance the lives of inner-city youth and their families in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Cedric has awarded over 200 scholarships and countless incentives through his foundation. He plans to extend the organization nationally.

Sheila E.: Sheila Escovedo was born into a musical family. The eldest child of Pete and Juanita Escovedo (she has two brothers, Juan and Peter Michael, and one sister, Zina), she started playing with the family instruments at the age of 3.

Sheila was obviously influenced by her father Latin jazz legend and timbalero Pete Escovedo (then band leader of the influential band Azteca) while watching him rehearse. At 5 years old, she made her concert "debut" at the former Sands Ballroom in Oakland, as she was invited on stage by her father to play a solo in front of an audience of 3,000. At that moment, Sheila knew exactly what she wanted to do: she was going to be a percussionist.

From age 17, Sheila has recorded and toured extensively with renowned artists such as Babyface, Billy Cobham, Natalie Cole, George Duke, Pete Escovedo, Gloria Estefan, Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Nicks, Patti LaBelle, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, Ringo Starr, Tito Puente, Don Was, Stevie Wonder and countless others, but to name a few.

In 1983, Sheila caught the attention of Prince and changed her name to "Sheila E.," and Prince helped her record her first solo album, "The Glamorous Life". The first single from the album, "The Glamorous Life", written, performed, and directed by Sheila E., was released in the spring of 1984 and earned popular and critical acclaim. This single went on to receive multiple Grammy and American Music Award nominations, and won MTV's Best Video Award. "The Glamorous Life" yielded a hit single in the title track, and another hit for its follow-up single, "The Belle of St. Mark".

After three months of sold out performances in Europe and the United States, Sheila began touring as the opening act for Prince's 1984-85 sold out Purple Rain Tour, all while composing her follow-up album, "Romance 1600". Released in August of 1985, "Romance 1600" raced up the charts with its mega-single "A Love Bizarre". A three-month engagement opening for Lionel Richie followed a headlining tour in the spring, 1986, of which a video of her March 1986 San Francisco performance (called "Romance 1600 Live") was later that year released.

In 1986, Sheila made her acting debut in the motion picture "Krush Groove", and contributed the song "Holly Rock" to its soundtrack. Soon after, she released her third album entitled "Sheila E.", which included yet another smash single, "Hold Me", which went to #1 on Billboard's chart and had a fast-growing international reputation. Instead of touring to support her own album, however, Sheila joined Prince's band, playing drums and percussion, for his European tour supporting his album "Sign o' the Times", a tour that Rolling Stone Magazine readers rated as the 15th best tour in music history. Showing her strong family roots and love for Latin jazz, she joined her father, Pete, and fellow Latin jazz legend, the great Tito Puente, on a special concert which deviated from the pop and funk music she had become popular playing. Later released on video and CD as "Latina Familia", the performance showcased her skills as a virtuoso musician. In 1988 and 1989, Sheila toured again with Prince on his "Lovesexy" World Tour, playing drums and percussion.

In the following year, she appeared in the Andrew Dice Clay comedy "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane" and in 1991, released her fourth CD, "Sex Cymbal". The CD, which was largely produced by her younger brother Peter Michael, included two singles accompanied by brilliant videos: the title track, and "Droppin' Like Flies".

After taking several years off for health reasons, Sheila's next project, the E-Train, started in 1994. The band that played a mixture of soul, Latin jazz, funk, fusion and gospel toured in Europe in 1994, and finally released a CD, entitled "Writes of Passage" in 1998.

In 1998, Sheila became the first female bandleader on late night television on Magic Johnson's variety show "The Magic Hour", and she co-wrote and co-produced the late night show's theme song.

Sheila has played on countless albums, including the soundtrack to "Prince of Egypt", featuring Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, successful Japanese artist Namie Amuro (whom she also toured with in 1996 and 2002) and Gloria Estefan's hugely successful "Mi Tierra".

Among her other notable appearances, Sheila performed at the 35th Annual Academy Awards with the incomparable Placido Domingo, the 1996 Summer Olympics and was featured in the "all girl" Grammy production opening number featuring Ellen De Generes. Other notable performances included MTV Unplugged with Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, and "The Concert of The Americas", where past and present U.S. Presidents and their families were in attendance. Appeared as "featured artist" with Jennifer Lopez on her promotional tour in 1999. Performed with Prince, Wendy & Lisa at the 2006 Brit Awards with a viewing audience of over 20 million, appeared with Prince at the 2007 ALMA Awards, and with Juan Luis Guerra at the 8th Annual Latin Grammy Awards.

In 2004 Sheila joined Prince on the "Musicology" tour, which was seen by 1.5 million people. She also performed "The Glamorous Life" at the 7th Annual VH1 Divas, a benefit concert for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation that was televised worldwide, and appeared on the TBN network show "Praise The Lord" that received the highest ratings of the season. In 2005 Sheila was a Featured Artist and Musical Director for her first gospel tour "Sisters In The Spirit" featuring Yolanda Adams, Martha Munizzi, Kelly Price, Juanita Bynum and RiZen. In the summer of 2006 Sheila returned for the third time and toured in concert with the legendary Ringo Starr. In 2006 Sheila founded her all girl group C.O.E.D. (Chronicles Of Every Diva) featuring Sheila E., Rhonda Smith, Kat Dyson, and Cassandra O'Neal, who went on their highly acclaimed first European tour in March 2007 with special guest Dutch sax player Candy Dulfer. In 2007, Sheila was chosen as one of the celebrity judges for American Idol Spin-Off "The Next Great American Band".

Founder and president of HEAVEN PRODUCTIONS MUSIC, a music production company, Sheila and company has been hired to direct and arrange music for the ALMA Awards (1998 & 1999), The 1998 WoW Awards, 1998 Gospel Music Association's annual event, and the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards. She co-hosted ABC's Countdown To the American Music Awards with Wayne Brady, hosted 10 episodes of VH1's Arsenio Jams, and appeared as a celebrity judge for NBCs Americas Most Talented Kids Finals. In 2003 she wrote, recorded and taped a montage for the World Series in Baseball.

Currently, Sheila, a philanthropist, continues to devote her talents and time to the Elevate Hope Foundation (EHF), a charitable organization (which she is co-founder and co-chair) that assists the needs of abused and abandoned children through music therapy. Despite the demands of her commitment to making music, she maintains a heavy involvement in the organization. "There are so many kids who need our help", she says, "and we're trying to help them get their lives together by building their confidence through music and the arts. It's just another way for me to do God's will, another reason for living. I believe we are here to help people in this lifetime. We must give something of ourselves to truly live". Sheila E. and EHF have presented countless events to raise money for the foundation.

Besides her charitable work through the Elevate Hope Foundation, Sheila performed on USA For Africa's "We Are the World", for African famine relief. She contributed her rendition of "Mary Had A Little Lamb" to the Pediatric Aids Foundation with 6 million CDs and videos sold worldwide for the project "For Our Children". Received rave reviews for her riveting performance at the APLA (Aids Project Los Angeles) benefit with Barbra Streisand, Patti LaBelle, Natalie Cole, Shirley Mac Laine, and Liza Minnelli. Was honored for her contribution and dedication to the community, and received the Imagen Foundation's Humanitarian Award, Angels Across America Award, The Prism Lifetime Achievement Award, Woman Of The Year Award, and Women Of Soul Award which were all presented for her work through the Elevate Hope Foundation.

Her enthusiasm for "passing it on" to a new generation of players led her to design "The Sheila E. Player's Series", a new line of percussion instruments for kids with TOCA Kaman Music. The latest adult percussion Custom Series "Class E" line was also developed.

Her most recent CD release "Heaven" is an enchanting combination of adult contemporary, funk, jazz and inspirational tracks. For a list of her albums, singles, videos and recordings for other artists visit the music section of this site.

Sheila E. is indeed a multi-faceted drummer, percussionist, vocalist, songwriter, performer, arranger, producer, composer, instrumentalist and humanitarian. Her gifts have brought joy on the world and have made her one of today's brightest talents, and she continues to be one of our most treasured stars.

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