Tomorrow, Essence is back, bringing Prince, Mary J. Blige, Lionel Richie and more with it. Held every year over the Fourth of July weekend every year New Orleans, Essence Fest brings some of the best acts in the world to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and surrounding area in the heart of the summer heat. On Friday, July 4, the show gets started with Prince and Nile Rodgers on the Mainstage. Eve, Estelle, Greta Prince and King will be featured in the Superlounge, along with Leela James, Naughy by Nature and the First Lady of R&B, Stephanie Mills.
Mary J. Blige
Saturday, July 5 brings back Scene cover girl Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Ledisi and Tank on the Mainstage, which will also borrow The Roots from Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show. New Orleans’ own Big Sam’s Funky Nation will be joined in the Superlounge by Doug E. Fresh, Kourtney Hart, Liv Warfield, Marsha Ambrosius, Michelle Williams and PJ Morton.
The blockrocking lineup of Sunday, July 6 will feature R&B artist – and country-crossover artist – Lionel Richie, the beautiful Erykah Badu, Charlie Wilson and Tamar Braxton. Sewing up Sunday in the Superlounge will be Amel Larriuex, August Alsina, Elle Varner, K. Michelle, The Pinettes, Daheem Davaughn, Robert Glasper, Sebastian Mikael and Sevyn Streeter.
Speakers already lined up for this year include Bishop TD Jakes, Iyanla Vanzant, Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor Aja Brown, the always entertaining Congresswoman Maxine Waters and recently revealed mob informant Rev. Al Sharpton. For a fully updated lineup of singers and speakers, and to purchase tickets for the three-day event, visit the official website at www.essence.com.
Big Sam’s Funky Nation