2015 ESSENCE Festival Night-by-Night Lineup Unveiled
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You don’t want to miss this year’s #EssenceFest! The weekend will be filled with empowering experiences and electrifying performances. Grammy Award winning artist, Beenie Man and the Zagga Zow Band have just joined the lineup as well as a special guest (who will be announced soon) returning to pay tribute to the city of New Orleans during the weekend to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. 

The A-list nighttime concerts featuring more than 40 acts will take place across five stages in the Superdome throughout the weekend—on our renowned Mainstage and within the intimate Superlounges. You’ve been waiting for it and it’s finally here! See our night-by-night lineup below:

Thursday, July 2nd – WHAT NOW? TOUR featuring Kevin Hart. Other Mainstage Performances by: Trey Songz and Lecrae.

Friday, July 3rdMainstage: Maze Feat. Frankie Beverly, Charlie Wilson, India.Arie, Kem, plus a soon-to-be announced return of New Orleans’ finest. Superlounges: Adrian Marcel, Avery*Sunshine, Doug E. Fresh, Goapele, Kelly Price, Kindred The Family Soul, Luenell, Nico & Vinz, and Slick Rick.

Saturday, July 4thMainstage: Usher, Missy Elliott, Erykah Badu, Common, Beenie Man & The Zagga Zow Band. Superlounges: Bilal, Elle Varner, Esperanza Spalding Presents: Emily’s D+Evolution, Kool Moe Dee, Mali Music, Mystikal, Raheem DeVaughn, Sevyn Streeter, Tank and The Bangas, and Tonya Boyd-Cannon.

Sunday, July 5thMainstage: Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Floetry. Superlounges: Andra Day, Dee-1, Dumpstaphunk, Eric Roberson, Jeff Bradshaw, Lianne La Havas, Mase, Robert Glasper, SZA, Teedra Moses, and Tweet.


Nephew Tommy from The Steve Harvey Morning Show will return as the Mainstage host, with special DJ moments by Doug E. Fresh, and many more special guest performances.  

Plus, stay tuned for the full schedule with times and performance slot details. 

Single day tickets go on sale today and are priced starting at $50 per person per night. For more information about ticket sales, accommodations and the latest news about the ESSENCE FESTIVAL, visit ESSENCE Festival, join the Festival community: follow us on Twitter and become a fan of 2015 ESSENCE Festival on Facebook.