Not many people can say they got to dance with a music star, let alone at the first concert they've ever attended.
But Cydeny Brown can make that boast after dancing with Sheila E. and playing on the famed percussionist's drum set on stage at Multifest over the weekend.
Cydeny, 8, was dancing in the crowd Saturday night with her mother, Marqurita Brown, 49, for Sheila E.'s performance.
Brown was excited to see the percussionist at Multifest, having enjoyed her music in the past. Her daughter, Cydeny, had never heard of Sheila E. (born Sheila Escovedo) but that didn't stop her from dancing and jamming to the music.
The 55-year-old Sheila E., known for her Billboard hits "The Glamorous Life," "A Love Bizzare" and her collaborations with Prince and others, headlined Saturday's Multifest concerts. She went on a little after 10 p.m. and performed hits like "The Glamorous Life" from her 1984 solo debut album of the same title and "Holly Rock" from the 1989 movie Krush Groove.
Cydeny's dance moves caught the performer's attention and the next thing she knew she was being lifted onto the stage.
"She pointed at me," Cydeny said Sunday afternoon at her home on Charleston's West Side.
"She said 'Me?' and the people in the crowd said 'Yeah, you!'" Brown said of the moment.
Cydeny, who will start third grade this year at Shoals Elementary School, said she felt squished as the crowd pushed her forward to a security guard who lifted her up onto the stage.
"(Sheila E.) said 'Can you dance with me?' and I said, 'Yeah,'" Cydeny said. "I was scared at first, but she was dancing beside me so it was OK."