Road To New Orleans: Sebastian Mikael
Michael Rowe

Sebastian Mikael is excited about making his mark in the ESSENCE Festival Superlounge this year. Find out what he’s doing to prepare for his debut performance and what he’s looking forward to most about New Orleans.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions the Essence Festival?

A lot of legends. Legends always come and headline the show. You guys always have great headliners.

Who are you most looking forward to seeing perform at this year’s 20th Anniversary of the festival?

Obviously Prince. That’s going to be incredible. Hopefully I will get to meet Prince and share a few words with him.

What are you doing to prepare for your Essence Fest debut performance?

Spending a lot of time with my band. I think especially for events like this you definitely want to bring out a bigger and full band to give that whole experience. A lot of rehearsal and I’m just going to have fun with it.

Name one legendary artist that has passed on that you wish was still alive to perform a duet with you at this year’s festival.

Wow! That’s a great question. No doubt I would bring back Bob Marley. When I think of festivals, I think of Bob Marley. He used to have those big settings and great shows. I grew up listening to him and I’m a big fan. He’s a legend and his music is amazing. I would love to do a show with him.

NOLA is so rich in culture, music, and food so what’s the first thing you plan on doing when you touch down 4th of July weekend?

I forget the name of the spot and area but I have to get chargrilled oysters. They are amazing. I’m just going to make sure I get all the food that you are supposed to eat in New Orleans.