The Essence Music Festival Returns!

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The countdown begins for the popular and the most anticipated Essence Music festival during this holiday weekend, July 3- July 6. The cultural gathering experience takes place annually in New Orleans, LA attracting over 540,000 men and women globally. This four-day event will entertain attendees with non-stop music, forums, live entertainment, workshops, fitness activities, day parties and more.

This annual tradition has become a must-attend event for people around the globe. New this year, the festival jump starts the weekend, Thursday, July 3 with an opening concert featuring Nas, Trey Songz, K Michelle, Jazmine Sullivan and more.

Celebrating 20 years, the Essence Festival introduces 20 themed stages featuring some of the world’s top musical icons, media personalities, and black community experts in the nation. Stage headliners include; The Superdome Mainstage with performances by powerhouses Prince, Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Ledisi and Charlie Wilson; The intimate Superlounge stage featuring eclectic crowd-pleasers such as: 112, Amel Larrieux, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Doug E Fresh, Elle Varner, Eve, King, Kourtney Heart, Leela James, Liv Warfield, Marsha Ambrosius, Naughty by Nature, PJ Morton, Raheem Davaughn, Robert Glasper, Sebastian Mikael, Sevyn Streeter, Stephanie Mills and The Original Pinettes Brass Band. The daytime Essence Empowerment Experience stage showcases a strong motivational lineup featuring influential leaders and personalities including Rev. Al Sharpton, Steve Harvey and Iyanla Vanzant.

Additionally, attendees will have free access to all Empower U workshops, a daily workshop featuring topics in love, finances, career, family, education and more.

Boasting groundbreaking numbers yearly this weekend affair presented by Essence Magazine, is nothing shy of a good old time mixed with the cultural experiences of music, motivation, inspiration, and entertainment.

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