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.
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.
We are in the final stretch; this was the LAST DAY of the 2015 Essence Music Festival. Our day started out again over at the Convention Center. Since today was Sunday, and as always at EMF, there were more events geared to the spiritual aspect of things. The Essence Fest attendees get taken to church from well known pastors and musical selections from the country’s top Gospel and Christian artists. This year saw the incomparable Kim Burrell as the honoree of the yearly gospel tribute. This was a totally free show for people, and included special performances by Smokie Norful, Yolanda Adams, Jonathan McReynolds and more. The Spirit filled the place as you could see people being moved as they waved their hands and began to tear up. Even Ms. Burrell got hit by The Spirit as she jumped out of her seat and grabbed a mic and proceeded to sing. She had a couple of her celebrity friends (India.Arie, Chrisette Michelle, Anita Wilson and Lalah Hathaway) to join her in song.
Footage courtesy of Milo Land on Youtube
Over at the Verizon booth, Omarion was chatting it up with Terrance J about how it feels to be back on the top of the charts and describing his excitement for his performance at the Superdome that night. He also had the opportunity to meet his legion of fans and take pictures with each and every one of them.
The McDonald’s booth was again the hot spot for R&B live performances, when 112 took the stage. It certainly felt like the late 1990’s all over again seeing them move, groove and sing to all of the songs that we knew the words to.
The “Southern Hummingbird” Charlene Keys, better known as, Tweet, has been a musical presence that the industry has been missing for quite some time. Since she stepped into musical prominence in 2002 with her hit single “Oops (Oh My)”, she was able to give women all over a voice about a subject that was pretty much a hush hush topic, self gratification. Around the same time that she was promoting her debut album entitled “Southern Hummingbird”. Tweet recorded vocals for Missy Elliot, Ja Rule, Bubba Sparx, Timbaland and others. After the release of one more studio album, an EP, and breaking away from Missy’s camp, she seemed to go incognito…that was until now.
In January of 2015, Tweet revealed she had signed to a major label and would once again be working with Timbaland and Missy Elliot on her third studio album. Along with her album, she seems to already be jumping into the water and getting a head start by planning a pre-album tour so to speak. After many failed attempts to bring her to the District to show who she is, and what people have been missing these past couple of years, we finally have her! Brought to you by the production company LSS Universal, ‘Presenting Tweet Live at The Howard Theatre‘ will be an event that will bridge the gap between old fans and new fans that we’re sure she is to acquire after her live set. Supporting her for this show will be hometown artist and contestant from The Voice, Orlando Dixon and Shaun Mykals.
The show is set to take place on May 29, 2015 at the legendary Howard Theatre in Northwest Washington D.C. at 8pm. Tickets are currently on sale NOW for the price of $25.50 from LSS Universal.
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.