Free Prince tribute concert with Morris Day, Sheila E. coming to West Philly

A free Prince tribute concert featuring two of the late musician’s longtime friends and collaborators is coming to West Philadelphia next month.

Morris Day and the Time and Sheila E. will headline the concert, which takes place Sept. 16 as part of the Neighborhood-to-Neighborhood (N2N) Festival at 50th Street and Baltimore Avenue. According to a release, the two acts will perform Prince covers and original tracks.

Purple Rain fans, of course, likely remember Day from his role as antagonist Morris in the 1984 flick. Sheila E. is Prince’s former fiancee, and she opened for him singer on his legendary 98-date Purple Rain tour after the movie’s release.

The tribute show will also feature performances by Roots percussionist Questlove, rapper PnB Rock, and comedian Skeet. WDAS radio personality Patty Jackson and comedian TuRae will cohost the concert.

The N2N festival kicks off at noon, with Sheila E. set to perform at 2 p.m., followed by Questlove, PnB Rock, Skeet, and several local artists from 3 to 7 p.m. Morris Day and the Time will take the stage at 7 p.m. The festival concludes at 8 p.m.

The festival and tribute show are free to attend, but organizers ask that guests RSVP online and bring their own chairs. Attendees can also enter a raffle for meet-and-greets and VIP access, and those who arrive early will have a chance at free commemorative Prince T-shirts.

Aside from the Prince tribute, this year’s festival also includes food vendors and locally made crafts, as well as children’s activities, such as face-painting,  games, and rides.

This year marks the N2N festival’s second edition since its return in 2016 after a six-year hiatus, according to a release. Rapper Common headlined last year’s festivities.