Diana Ross, Solange, Mary J. Blige And More Lead The Charge Of The 2017 Essence Festival Headliners


Well Merry Christmas INDEED to us! The folks over at ESSENCE just blessed us with an early gift, which came in the form of the 2017 Essence Festival talent lineup.

They really seem to be on the ball this year with announcements regarding the annual festival, because last year no one heard anything about ANY acts until the end of February 2016. As of right now, we haven’t even entered into the new year yet, and have a full deck of playing cards, NICE!

Now we know who will be taking over NOLA this 4th of July weekend. That’s right, one of the biggest national musical events, the annual Essence Music Festival, slated for June 30- July 2, 2017 pulled a sneak attack and threw out a list of some of it’s headliners.

Last year’s festival brought some huge names in music, with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Puff Daddy & The Family, Mariah Carey, Ciara, Charlie Wilson, Babyface and many more taking the stages, so get into who will be rocking the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this year…is it anybody that you want to see?

Headliners include a few Festival first-timers, The Boss, Ms. Diana Ross and Teyana Taylor making an appearance and Festival favorites, Mary J. Blige and Erykah Badu coming back to rock the stage. We also see some people on this list who haven’t performed at the festival in a while, most notably Solange, who has had an amazing year this year, but hasn’t stepped foot on the EMF stage since her last performance in 2013.

Also confirmed to perform at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival nighttime concerts at the Superdome include Jazmine Sullivan, Ro James, Junes Diary, Chaka Khan, Shaggy, India.Arie, John Legend, Yuna, Tweet, Lalah Hathaway, Lizzo, and more.

Weekend ticket packages for the 2017 Essence Festival go on sale on Dec. 16. For more information, visit essence.com.


Coney Island’s Amphitheater Will Now Be The Newest Destination For Live Music In Brooklyn


Coney Island once was the epicenter of fun and entertainment in Brooklyn, New York before things started to go down hill in the 1980’s. Everyone knows it for the beaches and the amusement park aspect of things, but not many people really recognized it for it’s live music options. The city of Coney Island has decided to do something about that.

Coming Summer 2016 is New York’s first boutique amphitheater being branded as The Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk. The Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk is a 5,000 seat covered open air venue, the first of its kind in the tri-state area, and will host a variety of concerts, family, shows, sports, comedy & multicultural events and become the new permanent home of the free Seaside Summer Concert Series.

The Amphitheater is being developed by iStar, in partnership with Coney Island USA and serves as a key part New York City’s larger commitment to investing in and revitalizing Coney Island community. Live Nation will operate the venue including booking and promoting a full summer concert season, which already has an outstanding lineup put together. 

Some of the phenomenal performers set to take the stage for the inaugural season are Ziggy Marley, Sting, Peter GabrielJill ScottErykah BaduJane’s Addiction, Kool & The Ganga, The Deftones, and 311. Tickets for all of these upcoming shows will go on sale Friday, April 15th at 10 am. You can find more information out from the Coney Island Amphitheater’s website.



The 2016 Summer Spirit Festival Becomes A Two Day Event August 6-7th


The DMV brings you numerous musical festivals each year, and one of them that we look forward to the most is the Summer Spirit Festival, which is slated to take place at the Merriweather Post Pavilion on August 6-7, 2016. Yes everybody, you read that right, they have NOW made this a weekend long event! In past years, we were only restricted to a Saturday afternoon full of fun and good music. Each year’s lineup is always solid, but this year might be one for the books. With two days full of music comes two big headlining acts, and who else is there to set off a weekend of soul and spirit filled fun than Jill Scott and Erykah Badu. They’ll be joined by other supreme talents like Janelle Monáe, The Roots, and Daley, Kindred The Family Soul among many more.

Last year, we were graced with the return of Floetry, Erykah Badu, Anthony Hamilton, Estelle and others as the headliners of the show, and they certainly brought the house down.

Tickets for this event will go on-sale Friday, April 8th on Ticketfly or at the Merriweather Box Office.



2015 Essence Music Festival: Saturday Rewind


Welcome back to Concert Daily’s coverage of the 2015 Essence Music Festival where we want you to join in helping us to #BringTheLove.  We got an earlier start today so that we could go check out what was happening over at the convention center. As ALWAYS in the Summer down in Nola, it was BLAZING hot with crazy humidity, so we were ready to get into the AC over at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Granted we love the concerts over at the Superdome, the family oriented activities during the day are what set ESSENCE Fest apart from any other festival.

Upon walking inside Hall B, we could just feel the family atmosphere in the air. Parents walking around with their kids to the different interactive booths, best friends walking in groups to check out items for sale in the vendor row, and young couples holding hands while watching many of the free entertainment options were a couple of things that we observed. There’s one thing that we can’t forget, and that’s the food vendors! If you are a foodie, then this is the one official spot that you need to come to get your eat on. With various food vendors setup from different culinary styles to choose from, there was something for everyone’s pallet.


You couldn’t help but to walk down every inch of this place and find something that wasn’t happening. The Coca-Cola booth was jumping the ENTIRE time with numerous dance contests and people on the middle of the floor doing the Wooble, all while giving away free Coke products to help cool them down. The folks over at State Farm conducted one of the funniest karaoke sessions I had ever seen.  Many reality TV stars were in the building as well, speaking on different panels that ranged from how to be a successful entrepreneur, to what’s it REALLY like being on reality TV. Out of all the panels that were occurring, the one that stuck out to us the most was the “Women In Media” that featured Loni Love, April Ryan, Dja “Déjà vu” Parker and Shirley Strawberry. Since we are a media entity, it was very rewarding to see black women who are already deeply involved in the industry give their views and accounts of how things really work, also including some “tokens” for young women who may want to seek out a career in the entertainment realm.  Towards the end of the day, we headed over to the McDonald’s booth where R&B artist Case was about to hit the stage. He performed many of his older hits that had people singing along to every note, mixed in with some new music that he’s about to release.



Now on to the main event! The third night of the concert series is the one that mostly everyone has been talking about, and for good enough reason. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott was on the bill to make her return to music tonight on the mainstage of Saturday’s Essence Festival. The crowd tonight was noticeably younger, due to the likes of Missy, Usher, Sevyn Streeter, Elle Varner, Wale, Mali Music and Esperanza Spalding. Don’t get it twisted though, there was still enough music to go around for everybody, including the “grown folks” who dominated Friday’s crowd because Common, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Raheem DeVaughn and Kool Moe Dee were very much in the building.


First to take the mainstage was Academy Award Winner Common, who walked out to a crowd that was now starting to file into the venue. His set was relatively simple, outfitted in a plain jacket and jeans backed by a single background singer, a keyboardist, drummer and a DJ. While performing, he pulled a female fan up onstage to now be a part of show; this is the stuff that most fans dream of. What he did while she was with him, was most unique. He took the opportunity to get some basic particulars about the woman, whose name was Ashley, and began to form a freestyle rap centered around her while kissing her on the neck. Gazing into Common’s eyes and blushing, you could tell Ashley was both slightly embarrassed and extremely flattered at the same time, wouldn’t you be as well if you got pulled onto a huge stage at a national event and had a song tailor made to you?

Fan footage courtesy of Sonya Jenkins on Youtube

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DMV’s Summer Spirit Festival 2015 Concert


It’s that time of year again: when the best of the hip-hop and R&B worlds join forces on in Columbia, MD to bring you Summer Spirit Festival, which is slated to take place at the Merriweather Post Pavilion on August 8th, 2015. Each year’s lineup is always solid, but this year might be one for the books. Floetry, after making big headlines this past winter with a comeback after an 8 year hiatus, will headline the festival with Erykah Badu. They’ll be joined by other supreme talents like Anthony Hamilton, Estelle, and Avery*Sunshine among many more.

Last year, we were graced by the presence of Ms. Lauryn Hill, Janelle Monáe, and Raheem DeVaughn as the headliners of the show, and the certainly brought the house down.

Tickets for this event will go on-sale Friday, March 27 @ 10AM on Ticketfly or at the Merriweather Box Office.

San Diego’s Jazz Fest helms BIG names!


Holiday weekends during the Summer time tend to be the time when people want to get out, party, relax, and enjoy some good music.

The holiday that everyone depicts as the official “kickoff to the Summer” is Memorial Day, and this May 22-24 comes the arrival of the San Diego Jazz Festival.

To be hosted at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, CA, you’ll be able to see some of R&B’s biggest names from past an present. So far the headliners who have been announced are Toni Braxton, Maxwell, and R.Kelly among others.  The full list of artist can be found below and tickets can be purchased HERE.  More artist to be announced .


2015 San Diego Jazz Festival performs:

Fri May 22
R. Kelly

Sat May 23
Toni Braxton
Raheem DeVaughn
Tim Bowman
Elan Trotman
Jazz In Pink

Sun May 24
Erykah Badu
Anthony Hamilton
Eric Benet
Eric Darius

The 2015 Roots Picnic Line-Up


Each year, the hip hop/neo soul band “The Roots” host their 8th annual Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, which is an all-day music festival on May 30th at the Philly Festival Pier .

This year’s annual Roots Picnic will feature The Roots, The Weekend,  Erykah Badu (backed by The Roots), Hudson Mohawke, DJ Mustard, A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, Marc E. Bassy, Rae Sremmurd and more.

Tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster.

D.C. Celebrates Earth Day 2015 with Broccoli City Festival [UPDATE]


Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and actress, Erykah Badu will be returning back to the DMV (under her alias DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown) this spring to headline the 3rd annual Broccoli City Festival Saturday on April 25th at Gateway Pavilion DC.  Also joining Ms. Badu in the line-up for this year’s festival will be Joey Bada$$, Kaytrandada. Tink, and Kali Uchis with more acts to be announced.

Debuting in 2013, the annual Earth Day celebration unites thousands of diverse BC Festival-goers for a day of art, food, culture, yoga, and a wide range of musical performances. With last year’s attendance eclipsing 6,000, this year’s turnout is expected to be greater.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.bcfestival.com, with VIP options available. The festival will commence from noon to 9 p.m., rain or shine.


Update [4.1.15] – Broccoli City announced today that multi-talented stars Willow and Jaden Smith – daughter and son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith – will be joining the 2015 Broccoli City Festival (BC Fest) line-up on Saturday, April 25th.

Erykah Badu’s Weekend Of Love

The Queen of Neo-Soul, Ms. Erykah Badu, will be landing her mothership in the DMV to close out the the “Weekend of Love ” concert extravaganza. For two back-to-back nights starting February 15, Ms. Badu will take over the Fillmore Silver Spring for a concert that will be sure to thrill the masses. Everyone I know who has seen her live says that her live show is an “experience” that you need to take in at one point in your life. Hop on over to LiveNation’s site to cop your tickets. Word has it that the first show has already sold out and there are only tickets available for the February 16th show. Keep the energy from the weekend going and end it out on a  smooth tip with your lover and Erykah Badu.


Erykah Badu Concert Dates:

Feb. 14 – Durham, NC., Durham Performing Arts Center
Feb. 15 – Silver Spring, MD., The Fillmore Silver Spring
Feb. 16 – Silver Spring, MD., The Fillmore Silver Spring