LOS ANGELES, CA (PRWEB) November 22, 2003 -
For the first time in nearly two decades, members of PrinceÂs former backing band, ÂThe RevolutionÂ will reunite to perform with other key musicians responsible for bringing the ÂMinneapolis SoundÂ to the airwaves in the 1980s. Artists such as Sheila E., The Family, and members of The Time, as well as special guest stars Chaka Khan and Patti LaBelle will perform at the "1st Annual Family Jamm!", a special one-night-only benefit concert taking place on Saturday, December 13, 2003 (Doors: 6:00pm, Show: 7:30pm) at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles, California. The event is presented by Sheila E. and the Lil' Angel Bunny Foundation with proceeds going to the LilÂ Angel Bunny Foundation.
The star-studded line up includes the following acts:
- World renown singer, actress, author Patti LaBelle
- World renown singer, author Chaka Khan
- The Revolution, featuring original members Wendy and Lisa, Dr. Fink, BrownMark and Bobby Z.
- World renown percussionist, drummer, singer Sheila E. and her original band including saxophonist Eddie M., Miko Weaver, Juan Escovedo, Karl Perazzo, Benny Rietveld, Susie Davis and Stef Burns.
- Members of The Time, featuring Jesse Johnson, Jellybean Johnson and Jerome Benton
- Jill Jones
- Actress and singer Apollonia
- The Family, featuring St. Paul Peterson, Susannah Melvoin, Eric Leeds and Jellybean Johnson.
- Madhouse, featuring Sheila E., Eric Leeds and Levi Seacer Jr.
The event, hosted by former ÂBaywatchÂ star actress Carmen Electra, is currently adding presenters to the already impressive line up. The latest celebrity to confirm participation is actress Nicole Parker.
"We will bring together artists from many of the bands that Prince created for one night only. This has never been done before", says Sheila E., who will perform with her band from the ÂRomance 1600Â era as well. "Prince is very close to our hearts and is why we are able to do this. It was his amazing ability and creativity to put these different artists together. We were all given an opportunity to begin an amazing journey in our collective and individual careers.Â
Proceeds from the concert will go towards the creation of the Compassion Care Center, that will provide recreation and education therapy through music and the arts.
The building of the Compassion Care Center is just one of many projects of Sheila E.'s and business partner Lynn Mabry's Lil' Angel Bunny Foundation (LABF). Sheila herself was sexually abused by a babysitter, and Mabry, by a family friend. Lynn adds, "It's awesome how we are given a tool such as music to express our feelings, and ultimately it has the amazing ability to heal. What better way to offer a child hope through something as powerful as music and the arts."
Lil' Angel Bunny Foundation (LABF) is dedicated to be a viable vehicle that will provide abused, abandoned, and severely emotionally disturbed children compassionate care by implementing an alternative method of recreational and education therapy through music and the arts and funding special services and programs that assist the needs of these children using these fundamental methods.
Tickets ($75 and $50) for this event are currently on sale through Ticketmaster.
For more information on the Lil' Angel Bunny Foundation and the Family Jamm! go to
LilÂ Angel Bunny Foundation
11288 Ventura Blvd., #602
Studio City, CA 91604
Phone: (818) 783-5000
Fax: (818) 783 - 4700