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.


“Christmas With Friends” Howard Theatre Tour Stop Made Us All Whole Again”


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India.Arie Would Like To Spend “Christmas With Friends” During Holiday Tour

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and this year, Grammy winner India.Arie would like to spend it with the people who mean the most to her.

The “brown skin” singer will kick off her “Christmas With Friends” tour on Dec. 13 in Boston before closing down “santa’s shop” on Dec. 21 in Nashville. The seven-city run is in support of India.Arie’s same-titled first holiday album. For five special select dates, gospel artist Jonathan McReynolds will be opening the show for her.

Tickets are on sale now and available on India.Arie’s website.


India.Arie’s “Christmas With Friends” 2015 Tour Dates:

Dec. 13 – Boston, MA., Wilbur Theatre
*Dec. 14 – Washington, DC., Howard Theatre
*Dec. 15 – New York, NY., Gramercy Theatre
*Dec. 17 – Baltimore, MD., Baltimore Sound Stage
Dec. 18 – Glenside, PA., Keswick Theater
*Dec. 20 – Memphis, TN., Minglewood Hall
*Dec. 21 – Nashville, TN., Schermerhorn Symphony Center

*dates with special guest Jonathan McReynolds

2015 Essence Music Festival: Friday Rewind


We left Baltimore en-route to the historic city of New Orleans on Friday, July 3rd, geared and ready for the 2015 Essence Music Festival. Granted this was my first time covering the event as a media correspondent, this was certainly not my first time as a festival attendee. My first journey to EMF was back in 2010 on what was a last minute trip with a group of friends. After that initial visit, we were all wondering WHY we had never gone before? Was it the stigma that the Essence Fest was an event for “older” people, as we were all in our mid-late 20’s, and didn’t want to be caught partying with people our parents age? NOT at all, that’s not even what the EMF is even about, which is clearly evident in my attendance for the past 5 years (and counting)!

By the time we arrived at the Louis Armstrong airport, it was already 5pm, so we were pressed for time to get to the Superdome to collect our media credentials. If you’ve EVER been to any Essence Festival in the past, you already know how the traffic situation is getting from the airport to downtown N.O., it’s an absolute headache. Since we had a late flight to begin with and didn’t arrive into the city until later in the afternoon, we had already missed all of the day activities going on over at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.



After fighting the legions of people on their way to the center of the Crescent City, getting to the hotel room, dropping our bags off and getting ready, I finally made it to the Superdome, and now it was time to pick up my credentials. Walking along Poydras St. you could see that New Orleans was ready for the show to start. There were hordes of people lining the streets making their way towards the Superdome. Although this slowed me down a bit, it allowed me to walk among the masses and overhear their conversations about “how this is their first time to the festival” or “they have been coming for the past 10 years and are excited to see their girl Mary J. Blige do her thing again”.

I was greeted at the press check-in area by friendly and polite EMF staff that handed me my credentials, gave me a festival itinerary and then let me be on my way. While walking down to the press area, I took an in-depth look at the full lineup of talent, and seeing the names Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Missy Elliott, Floetry, Tweet, Omarion and Mystikal, made it evident that this years’ festival would be the year of “the comeback kid”. Not in the sense of someone falling from greatness and trying to regain their former statue, but comeback in terms of making A return.

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2015 Essence Music Festival [Featuring Missy Elliott, Usher and more]

It’s that time again to find out who exactly 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 July 2nd – 5th, has recently released who will be headlining their concert series.

This year, a lot of usual festival goers were up in the air about whether or not they wanted to go to “the party with a purpose” simply because the organizers were dragging their feet with announcing not only who the headliners would be, but who would be performing PERIOD!

Last year’s festival brought some huge names in music, with the likes of Prince, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Lionel Richie, Janelle Monae 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 Festival first-timer, Kendrick Lamar and Festival favorite, Mary J. Blige, Usher, and Missy Elliott

Also confirmed to perform at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival nighttime concerts at the Superdome include Erykah Badu, India.Arie, Common, Floetry, Sevyn Streeter, Kelly Price, Lianne La Havas, Elle Varner, Esperanza Spalding, Raheem DeVaughn, Mali Music, Eric Roberson, Teedra Moses, Avery*Sunshine, Bilal, Goapele, Robert Glasper, Trombone Shorty, Kool Moe Dee, Doug E. Fresh, Mystikal, Slick Rick, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Nico &Vinz, SZA, Dee-1, Tonya Bond Cannon, Leon Bridges, Andra Day, Kindred The Family Soul, Tweet, Jeff Bradshaw and Tank & The Bangas.

Kevin Hart, Trey Songz, and Lecrae will headline the festival’s opening “Now Playing” concert, a sort of soft opening, on Thursday, July 2. The festival first presented a smaller Thursday night event, with reduced seating and only one stage, in 2014. Hart first performed on the main Essence stage in 2012.

Acts will continuously be added to this already impressive list, so keep it locked on Concert Daily for all the updates. You can purchase tickets on Ticketmaster.