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.

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Multi City “Spring Fest” Tour starring Keith Sweat

2015 sees a resurgence in many of our favorite artist from the 80s/90s hitting the tour circuit, case in point, take a look at what’s being branded as the “Spring Jam” (Spring Fest in some markes) tour. On the upcoming mini tour that sees only a handful of cities, you’ll have the privileged of seeing influential musical acts such as Keith Sweat, SWV, Dru Hill, Ginuwine, Slick Rick, Jon B  and others. Check the dates below to see if the show is coming to an area near you, and although the dates are few and in between, with a line up like this, we can only hope that the tour schedule is extended to a full on tour. Check the tour dates below and get your tickets at Ticketmaster.com

 

2015 Spring Jam Tour Dates:

Feb. 27 – North Charleston, sC., North Charleston Coliseum
Mar. 6 – Tampa, FL., USF SUn Dome
Mar. 14 – Baltimore, MD., Royal Farms Arena
Mar. 20 – Hampton, VA., Hampton Coliseum
Mar. 21 – Charlotte, NC., Bojangles’ Coliseum
Mar. 27 – Jackson, MS., Jackson Convention Complex
Mar. 28 – Louisville, KY., KFC Yum! Center
Mar. 29 – Philadelphia, PA., The Liacouras Center
Apr. 3 – Greensboro, NC., Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Apr. 4 – Coral Gables, FL., BankUnited Center