Today’s feature plants New Orleans singer August Alsina in the hot seat. Find out what he’s doing to prepare for his debut performance and what he looks forward to most every year when ESSENCE Festival takes over his city.

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

The first thing that comes to mind is all the beautiful women that will be in my city [NOLA] on 4th of July weekend.

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

I’m just getting my live show together. Defiinitely gotta add to the set.

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

I’m just looking forward to the experience overall. The people, the performers, the city.

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.

Not a duet, but sharing the stage with Pac would have been epic.

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

Hopefully you know someone locally because the best food is home cooked.

So it looks like August Alsina is going to be inviting the ESSENCE festival staff over for a home cooked meal. We look forward to it! You can catch him in the Superlounge on Sunday July 6.