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

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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.

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Essence Fest: Tink performs “Treat Me Like Somebody” at the Superdome

Epic Records recording artist, and Timbaland mentee Tink performed live at the Coca-Cola Hip-Hop Superlounge during the 2016 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, LA. We caught a flick of her singing “Treat Me Like Somebody” live, as the crowd sang along.

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By Popular Demand, Beyoncé Adds Fall “Formation” Tour Dates

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This was pretty much a no-brainer, with a sell out summer tour and being one of the biggest artist of this generation, everybody wants to see
Beyoncé.

Currently, she’s in the midst, albeit the beginning, of the Formation Tour and she’s setting her eyes on extending the jaunt already. There have been quite a few shows added to what is now going to be a Fall leg of the tour.

Recently she had to cancel a performance in Nashville, TN for unknown reasons, but is making up for it by adding the date to the revamped tour schedule. Along with the Nashville show, she’s added another date to the New York area, Philly, Atlanta, and her hometown of Houston.

We can’t say that we aren’t surprised by this, because the Formation tour is on par to be one of the biggest tours of 2016. Tickets go on sale May 13th via Ticketmaster for anyone interested, but act fast, because they will sell out, again.

 

Sept. 7 – East Rutherford, NJ., MetLife Stadium

Sept. 14 – Los Angeles, CA., Dodger Stadium

Sept. 17 – Santa Clara, CA., Levi’s Stadium

Sept. 22 – Houston, TX., NRG Stadium

Sept. 24 – New Orleans, LA., Mercedes Benz Superdome

Sept. 26 – Atlanta, GA., Georgia Dome

Sept. 29 – Philadelphia., Lincoln Financial Field

Oct. 2 – Nashville, TN., Nissan Stadium

 

 

 

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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.

FINALLY After Months Of Waiting, The 2016 Essence Music Festival Lineup Is Announced!

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This has been the LONGEST that ANYBODY has ever had to wait for the folks over at Essence to announce the lineup for the annual Essence Music Festival. I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter from fans wondering what the holdup is, because we usually hear something around mid January.

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 30th- July 3rd, 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, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliottt, Usher, Erykah Badu, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly 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, Mariah Carey and Festival favorites, Maxwell and Charlie Wilson. We also see some people on this list who haven’t performed at the festival in a while, most notably Ciara, who hasn’t stepped foot on the EMF stage since her last performance in 2007.

Also confirmed to perform at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival nighttime concerts at the Superdome include Andra Day, BJ The Chicago Kid, Cyril Neville, Daley, Dej Loaf, Digable Planets, Dumpstaphunk, Eric Bellinger, Estelle, Faith Evans, Jeremih, Jidenna, Judith Hill, Lady Leshurr, Lalah Hathaway, Leon Bridges, Lion Babe, Little Simz, Mali Music, MC Lyte, New Breed Brass Band, Robert Glasper Experiment, St. Beauty, The Brand New Heavies, The Internet, Tink, Tyrese, and V. Bozeman.

We’re not sure who will be performing on which night, or who will be kicking things off with the “Now Playing” concert, which has been introduced as the Thursday night festivities.

Acts will continuously be added to this already impressive list, so keep it locked on Concert Daily for all the updates. Although single day tickets aren’t available yet, you can buy the 3-day weekend package on Ticketmaster.

2015 Essence Music Festival: Friday Rewind

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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.

 

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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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Is Jodeci Making A Comeback To Include A Tour…We Think So!

What are the thoughts that pop in your head when you hear the name “Jodeci”? I know when I think about it, a couple words and phrases come to mind, “bad boys”, “feel good QUALITY music”, “new jack swing”, “sanging” and the list goes on. During the 25 years that K-Ci, JoJo, Devante, and Mr. Dalvin have been the collective unit that make up Jodeci, they’ve done many notable things, from multi-platinum albums, sold out tours, product endorsements and everything inbetween, until it all just stopped in 1995.

After an 18-year hiatus, the timing is finally right for the North Carolina quartet that changed the look and sound of popular urban music with three albums and hits “Forever My Lady,” “Come and Talk to Me” and “Freakin You'” to bless its audience with some newness. Much of which is fueled by their highly talked about reunion performance that happened at the 2014 Soul Train Awards. For many of the artist that once dominated in the early 90’s, there is always talk about a comeback, which most people want to equate to an album, but honestly most of those acts who are resurfacing after many years make a more wise business decision to head out on the road and touring again. Case and point is what’s happening with Jodeci.

While the fellas have yet to release a formal confirmation of a tour happening, our sources have started to reveal that the band is going to be hitting various markets across the United States this Summer, starting in Richmond, VA.  Check out some of the dates below to see if they will be near you, or if you want to go out and find them. Tickets can be purchased on

Jodeci Summer 2015 Tour Dates:

Jun. 6 – Richmond, VA., Stone Soul Music Festival
Jun. 13 – Columbia, SC., Benedict College Stadium
Jun. 17 – Atlanta, GA., Tabernacle
Jun. 18 – Houston, TX., Arena Theatre
Jun. 20 – New Orleans, LA., Saenger Theatre
Jun. 21 – Grand Prairie, TX., Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Jun. 25 – Upper Darby, PA., Tower Theater
Jun. 26 – Silver Spring, MD., The Fillmore Silver Spring
Jun. 27 – Detroit, MI., Chene Park Amphitheater