The 2016 Essence Music Festival Powers Up With Puff Daddy & The Family Addition; Nightly Lineup Released

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So we found out about the initial lineup of the 2016 Essence Festival a couple of months ago. Some people were excited about it, and other people felt like “meh” for having to wait for MONTHS for a glimmer of a talent announcement and not seeing anyone that they deemed as a “spectacular” artist on the roaster.

At that time, Essence had said to “stay tuned” for another announcement soon and it looks like the cat is out of the bag finally. One of the biggest moves that they have made for this year’s festival is throw in the addition of Puff Daddy & The Family. Everyone seems to be stuck on all things nostalgia based, and the same can be said for music. We’re sure that you know, but just recently Puffy put tickets on sale to a Bad Boy Reunion concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which ended up selling out in 7 minutes and prompted him to add a second date that sold out as well. It was a no-brainer that the EMF brand would tap into this and get him to play this year’s show.

Along with Diddy, they have added two hip-hop kings who rocked the Mercedes Benz Superdome last year, Common and Kendrick Lamar. We also now know the detailed night-by-night lineup of performers, and everything seems to mesh pretty well. In addition, you can now purchase single night tickets on Ticketmaster.

We’ve got the nightly lineup below, so take a look…

FRIDAY, JULY 1: Mainstage: Maxwell, New Edition, Babyface, Tyrese, Faith Evans, Avery Wilson. Superlounges: Digable Planets, Daley, Eric Bellinger, Lion Babe, the Internet, Tweet, Estelle, Mali Music, V. Bozeman, Kelly Price, Zakes Bantwini, Skye Wanda.

SATURDAY, JULY 2: Mainstage: Mariah Carey, Charlie Wilson, Common, Jeremih, Estelle. Superlounges: Doug E. Fresh, Tink, Jidenna, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, St. Beauty, Lalah Hathaway, Judith Hill, Wizkid, Lady Leshurr.

SUNDAY, JULY 3: Mainstage: Kendrick Lamar, Puff Daddy & the Family, Ciara, Andra Day. Superlounges: MC Lyte, Dej Loaf, Cyril Neville, Leon Bridges, Kehlani, New Breed Brass Band, Robert Glasper Experiment, BJ the Chicago Kid, the Brand New Heavies, Little Simz.

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Usher Leads The 2016 Roots Picnic Lineup

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Hot off the presses! It’s that time again to find out about all of the Spring/Summer festival, and next up on the menu is the now famed Roots Picnic. The hip hop/neo soul band “The Roots” host their 9th annual Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, which is an all-day music festival on June 4th at the Philly Festival Pier .

This year’s annual Roots Picnic will feature The Roots,  Usher (backed by The Roots), Future, Leon Bridges, Swizz Beatz, Jidenna, DMX, Kehlani, Migos, GoGo Morrow, Willow Smith and more.

Tickets got on sale Friday, February 5th at noon over at Ticketmaster. Peep the video below for the official announcement.

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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.