Prince to Headline 20th Anniversary ESSENCE Festival
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Are you ready to paint the town purple?

Today, ESSENCE is excited to announce that music legend Prince will headline the 20th anniversary ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans on Fourth of July weekend in 2014. Prince last performed at the ESSENCE Festival for its 10th anniversary, back in 2004.

To honor this momentous occasion, ESSENCE will partner with the legendary singer/songwriter for a special community initiative led by the Rebuild the Dream Innovation Fund, which encourages young people to harness the power of media and technology, and channel their creativity into computer coding.

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“Welcoming an artist as iconic as Prince back to the ESSENCE Festival for a 20th anniversary performance is incredibly exciting,” said ESSENCE Communications President, Michelle Ebanks. “The ESSENCE Festival is where we come together to connect to both our culture and our community, so we are pleased to support Prince and the Rebuild the Dream Innovation in advocating for our youth.”

As the road to ESSENCE Festival 2014 begins, go to to read more artists announcements, get programming updates and to purchase tickets.

See you in N’awlins!