Every year the Essence Festival comes to the Big Easy, and every year it gets bigger and (sometimes) better. This year should be no different in that aspect, but things will be looking a little different on the main performance stage. Unlike the past years, a few of your favorite Hip-Hop artists have been added to the lineup, and for the first time, a Grammy Award-winning Jamaican artist will hit the stage.
Check it out below:
Thursday, July 2
WHAT NOW? TOUR featuring Kevin Hart + Trey Songz and Lecrae
Friday, July 3
Mainstage: 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 4
Mainstage: 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 5
Mainstage: 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
The Steve Harvey Morning Show’s Nephew Tommy will be your mainstage host for the weekend.