It just got a little bit easier to plan your itinerary for this year's ESSENCE Festival now that night-by-night lineup has been revealed. With five stages to choose from, including the Main Stage and Superlounge stages, there will be no shortage of music to suit your tastes when the ESSENCE Fest touches down in New Orleans July 2nd-5th.
In addition to the nightly schedule, the festival also announced several new additions to the lineup bringing the nighttime total to more than 40 acts. Newly added acts include Beenie Man and the Zagga Zow Band, with a surprise act being announced next week. Though not much has been revealed yet about the act, they are being teased as a "New Orleans fan favorite making a triumphant return." As a longtime festivalgoer, my
hope guess is that it could possibly be Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, who closed out the festival nearly every year until 2009. Guess we'll just have to wait and see when ESSENCE makes the big announcement next week. In the meantime, get your pencil and paper ready and start planning your nights based on the schedule below:
•Thursday, July 2nd
WHAT NOW? TOUR featuring Kevin Hart. Other Mainstage Performances by: Trey Songz and Lecrae.
•Friday, July 3rd
Mainstage: 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 4th
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 5th
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.