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Friday
Main Stage

The 2014 ESSENCE Festival™ is excited to announce that this iconic artist will headline one of our stellar three nights of concerts July 4th weekend in New Orleans, LA.

Friday
Main Stage

Awarding winning producer and artist Nile Rodgers joins Prince for his epic Festival performance on the main stage.  Stay tuned for more information on this artist.

Saturday
Main Stage

Iconic Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist, Mary J. Blige is a figure of inspiration, transformation and empowerment making Blige one of the defining voices of the contemporary music era.

Saturday
Main Stage

Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times best selling poet, and critically acclaimed actress are only a few titles held by Jill Scott. Named People Magazine’s Top TV Breakout Star of 2010, Jill has been featured in every major magazine.

Saturday
Main Stage

The Roots, the legendary, Grammy Award winning hip hop crew and arguably the hardest working musicians in popular culture, turn 25 this year.

Saturday
Main Stage

Over the past 13 years, New Orleans native Ledisi Anibade Young has recorded six albums, gained eight GRAMMY(R) nominations including a nod for “Best New Artist” in 2008, performed six times at the White House for President and Mrs.

Sunday
Main Stage

Tank is one of the most recognizable names in modern R&B, known for vivid storytelling and sensual love songs. He’s an icon in the making, with four albums and eight GRAMMY(R) nominations under his belt.

Sunday
Main Stage

Lionel Richie is an international Superstar with over 100 million albums sold worldwide and has been honored with countless awards including: An Oscar, 5 Grammys, 16 American Music Awards, and a Golden Globe among many others.

Sunday
Main Stage

Charlie Wilson has taken the word "Icon" to another level – with two separate careers. First as the lead singer for the legendary GAP Band and now as a solo artist.

Sunday
Main Stage

Erykah Badu, best known for her eccentric style and cerebral music, is a four-time GRAMMY® award winning American soul singer and songwriter.

Sunday
Main Stage

“Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles' electric personality has been described as lighting in a bottle.

Sunday
Main Stage

2013 was a break-out year for Tamar Braxton as she solidified herself as one of R&B’s leading divas.

Superlounge

112
Saturday
Superlounge

112 (pronounced “One-TWELVE”) is an American R&B quartet from Atlanta, Georgia. They are best known for hit singles such as “Anywhere” and “Dance With Me”, and for winning a Grammy for their collaboration “I’ll Be Missing You” with Puff Daddy and Faith Evans. Formerly artists for Sean “P.

Sunday
Superlounge

Amel Larrieux rose to fame in the mid-1990s as a founding member of the duo Groove Theory along with Bryce Wilson. After leaving the group in 1999, she released her debut solo album, Infinite Possibilities, the following year on Epic Records.

Sunday
Superlounge

August Alsina was born and bred from the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana. His brother’s death, which came days before his 18th birthday, became his motivation to enter into the game & not become a statistic. The 21-year-old is pursuing his musical aspirations on an entirely new level.

Saturday
Superlounge

Hailing from New Orleans, Big Sam (former trombone player of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band) always entertains audiences with his exhilarating brand of high-voltage funk, rock, jazz, and hip-hop, termed “Noladelic Powerfunk.” Accompanying Big Sam are Andrew Baham on Trumpet/Vocals, Joshua Connelly o

Saturday
Superlounge

With his signature black frames and mohawk, Daley’s image already surmises his budding status as soul impresario for the 21st century. At only 24-years-old, the homegrown UK singer-songwriter is on his way to redefining the way R&B/Soul not only looks but sounds and feels.

Saturday
Superlounge

Doug E. Fresh is an American rapper, record producer, and beatboxer. One of the earliest beatboxers (and still seen as one of the best), Fresh is able to imitate drum machines and various special effects with often startling accuracy.

Sunday
Superlounge

Elle Varner exploded into the music scene and to the top of the charts when her self-penned, 11-song debut album, PERFECTLY IMPERFECT (MBK Entertainment/RCA Records), entered at #2 and #4 on Billboard’s R&B Albums and Top 200 charts, respectively.

Friday
Superlounge

Grammy-award winning artist Estelle’s climactic rise from local West London MC to Grammy Award-winning artist is the stuff of legends. Estelle burst on the international scene with her second album Shine.

Eve
Friday
Superlounge

I feel rejuvenated, like a brand new artist.” A surprising admission from Eve, the Grammy-award musician who’s already racked up an impressive hit list (“Let Me Blow Ya Mind,” “Gangsta Lovin’”, “Who’s that Girl,” Satisfaction,” “Tambourine,” etc.) and three multi-million selling albums (Let Ther

Friday
Superlounge

Of hundreds of hopefuls across the country and after a nationwide vote, Greta won the coveted title of Essence Magazine’s first R&B Star Search competition! Her first single, the soulful “You Should Know” released under legendary Malaco Music Group is available online everywhere.

Friday
Superlounge

For talented R&B/Hip Hop singer/songwriter/pianist Kevin Ross, having his upcoming debut album, Dialogue in the Gray, get released on Motown Records in partnership with Verve Music Group and The Bar Entertainment, is a thrill, not least because he grew up idolizing Stevie Wonder, but his rea

Friday
Superlounge

Twin sisters Paris and Amber Strother and their friend and musical compadre Anita Bias—collectively known as KING—evolved beautifully in their home studio and had no idea they were creating a true life musical fairytale.

Saturday
Superlounge

Kourtney Heart is a 20-year-old rising R&B star from New Orleans, LA. Her hit single My Boy featuring Soulja Boy and New Orleans legend Magnolia Shorty led her to her first major deal with Jive Records.

Friday
Superlounge

Leela James focuses on what makes an undeniable star — talent, drive, and an unforgettable voice. Those powers are reflected on her upcoming fourth studio album and a new single “Say That,” her sultry duet with Anthony Hamilton. What sets Ms.

Saturday
Superlounge

Liv Warfield, Lives in New York and is originally from Peoria, IL. LiV has had the “unexpected” journey to stardom as 14-year gymnast and track & field star, 1996 alternate for the US Olympics who hid her talents from her friends and family.

Saturday
Superlounge

Talented singer-songwriter, incredible live performer, revered platinum-selling artist, Grammy® nominated and after over a decade in the music game, Marsha Ambrosius is still here.

Saturday
Superlounge

Member of internationally acclaimed female group Destiny’s Child. Hit-making solo singer in her own right. Stage actress (“Aida,” “The Color Purple, “Chicago,” “Fela!”).

Friday
Superlounge

Naughty by Nature is a hip hop group that at the time of its formation in 1991, consisted of Treach, Vinnie, and the DJ Kay Gee.

Saturday
Superlounge

PJ Morton is a Young Money solo artist, Maroon 5 keyboardist and a Grammy Award-winning producer/songwriter. A New Orleans native, his musically inspired upbringing included soul, pop and gospel influences, nurturing PJ’s incredible ability to cross musical genres.

Sunday
Superlounge

Three-time Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Raheem DeVaughn, son of renowned jazz musician Abdul Wadud has become one of modern soul’s most beloved artists.

Sunday
Superlounge

Houston native Robert Glasper had a strong musical influence in his mother who played piano and sang gospel music in church and jazz clubs. After studying at The New School University, Glasper began performing with Christian McBride, Kenny Garrett, Terence Blanchard, and Roy Hargrove.

Sunday
Superlounge

Singer-songwriter, Sebastian Mikael, was born and raised in Sweden and relocated to Boston in 2010 to attend Berklee College of Music and was signed by Slip-N-Slide Records’ CEO Ted Lucas off of his ballad “Beautiful Life”.

Sunday
Superlounge

Sevyn Streeter is an award winning singer/songwriter, who has be called upon by a remarkable roster of top studio producers and A-list artists.

Friday
Superlounge

Stephanie Mills is one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music whose onstage energy and power inspires standing ovations wherever she performs. She is a legendary Grammy and America Music Award winning recording artist with five best-selling albums and ten Billboard #1 singles.

Saturday
Superlounge

Campbell fans get ready, Tevin Campbell is back! With over 5 million albums sold worldwide, 4 Grammy nominations, and achieving certified platinum status, Tevin is back on the road touring, giving people what they want…GOOD MUSIC.

Sunday
Superlounge

The Original Pinettes Brass Band, The World’s Only All Female Brass Band, was formed by Jeffery Herbert in 1991. Each member, born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, attended St. Mary’s Academy High School, an all-girl Catholic school.

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