Purple Rain: A Tribute to Prince

Morris Day and The Time Along with Sheila E. Bring Purple Rain: A Tribute to Prince to the I-X Center for One Night Only on
Saturday, October 15, 2016

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Experience the music of the legendary award-winning, recording artist, Prince when Morris Day and The Time (“Jungle Love”) and Sheila E. (“The Glamorous Life”) take the stage in Purple Rain: A Tribute to Prince coming to Cleveland at the I-X Center on October 15, 2016. Dating back to the 70’s, longtime friends and collaborators, Morris Day and Sheila E., will honor the late musician through performances of songs from his prolific career.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Purple Rain: A Tribute to Prince to the I-X Center,” said Claire Vanidestine, Director of Marketing at the I-X Center. “His untimely death shook the music world and for one night only all expectations will be met as Morris Day and Sheila E. take the stage in our arena.”

The diverse, industry-defying career of Prince, who passed away in April 2016, will offer concertgoers a behind-the-scene look at his life and legacy through his groundbreaking hits. Not only did he push boundaries, but helped shape the careers of Morris Day and Sheila E. “I still, and always will, provide the rhythm of his music and memory, whether through my music, drums, words, or the beating of my heart,” said Sheila E. “He grew into a conqueror of rules, and a provider of dreams for millions.”  Even after his passing, Prince continues to reach millions with his music and recently became the first act to concurrently chart five albums in the top 10 of the Billboard 200.

Purple Rain: A Tribute to Prince
I-X Center
October 15, 2016
7:30 PM

Tickets are available on Friday, September 9 and start at $30.00. Tickets can be purchased online at IXCenter.com and discount tickets are available at select Discount Drug Mart store locations. For more information, visit ixcenter.com/purplerain.


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About I-X Center:

International Exposition (I-X) Center in Cleveland, OH is the world’s most unique exhibition facility. The 8th largest convention center in North America is comprised of 2.2 million sq. ft., including more than one million sq. ft. of flexible presentation space and transitional theater that can accommodate up to 6,500 guests. The I-X Center has hosted more than 1,500 events attracting 50 million visitors during the past 30 years.

About Morris Day & The Time:

With his dynamic dancing and smooth yet gutsy vocals, Morris Day played an essential role in the development of the Twin City dance/club sound of the 1980’s. A founding member of Prince’s band, the Time, in 1981, he remained with the group until 1984 when he launched his solo career. Returning for the first time in 1988, he performed and recorded with the Time from 1990 until 1991 and since 1995. Day’s involvement with Prince traces back to 1980 when his composition “Partyup” originally recorded when he was a member of the Enterprise, was covered on Prince’s Dirty Mind album. Releasing his debut solo album, Color of Success in 1985, Day reached his apex with his second solo album, Daydreaming, two years later. In the mid-2000’s, Day returned to the music scene with the release of It’s About Time, a mostly live album with a few new studio cuts one including a guest appearance by rapper E-40.

About Sheila E.:

A world-class drummer, percussionist, singer, songwriter, entertainer, author, humanitarian, mentor, actress—Sheila E. is a dynamic public figure who has been driven by a steadfast inner rhythm since the day she was born. Early in her career, Sheila met Prince backstage at a show—who helped light a fire that led to the launch of her solo career. At the age of 25, Sheila began writing songs and experimenting with different types of music. Playing the drums and keyboard and singing her own vocals, Sheila taught herself how to record a demo using equipment she’d purchased herself. After lending her vocals on Prince’s hit “Erotic City”, the two worked together to produce her first album, The Glamorous Life. Unlike any other ’80s artist, Sheila combined her Latin, jazz, R&B, pop, and rock influences to create her own unique style for the album. The album’s title track made the U.S. top 10, with the entire album reaching number 28 on the U.S. Billboard 200. A musical powerhouse, Sheila has worked with some of the most influential musical acts over the past five decades: Ringo Starr, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Beyoncé, Herbie Hancock, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, George Duke, and more. She’s recorded 7 solo albums, acted in several films, and pursued philanthropic projects that are near to her heart. These include co-founding the Elevate Hope Foundation and Elevate Oakland.