5 of Our Favorite ESSENCE Festival Stage Moments

There's nothing like experiencing a concert put on by one of your favorite performers. Here, we’ve rounded up the top five concert moments from past ESSENCE Festivals that will make you wish you were there.

Monique Valeris Mar, 25, 2013

1 of 5 Frank Micelotta

The "Queen of Funk-Soul" blessed 2012 Festival attendees with a performance that was one to remember.

2 of 5 Frank Micelotta

Ledisi sang her heart out at the 2012 Festival, and, of course, we all thanked her for it.

3 of 5 Andrew Goetz

John Legend is the kind of performer who doesn't need an elaborate stage at all. His voice alone is enough to keep any crowd mesmerized, and he rocked the house at the 2009 ESSENCE Festival.

4 of 5 Gus Bennett

The distinct voice. The outfit changes. The endless hits. Charlie Wilson's 2012 performance was one to watch.

5 of 5 Andrew Goetz

Beyoncé never skimps on delivering for her fans, and her 2009 performance was no different. She was all we expected her to be—fierce, energetic, and just outright fabulous. We're definitely looking forward to her show this year.