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ESSENCE FESTIVAL 25TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE LINE-UP

2019 ESSENCE FESTIVAL UNVEILS EPIC 25TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE LINE-UP

– Nation’s largest annual consumer event celebrates 25th Anniversary during Fourth of July weekend –

– 80+ of the world’s most talented and creative artists gather for a 3-day, can’t-miss musical “homecoming” –

– Special performances celebrate two of music’s most seminal albums –

Mary J. Blige’s ‘My Life’ and NAS’ ‘Illmatic’ – marking 25-year anniversaries in 2019

– Hosted by LONI LOVE and Music by D-NICE –

July 4-7, New Orleans, LA

The ESSENCE Festival®, the world’s largest entertainment and cultural experience, celebrates its 25th anniversary during Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans and today unveiled part one of its epic 25th anniversary performance line-up.  The impressive schedule currently features more than 80 of the most talented and creative artists from across the globe.  More acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2019 ESSENCE Festival’s three-night concert series at the Louisiana Superdome includes Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, NAS, H.E.R., Anthony HamiltonBig Freedia, Davido, Doug E. Fresh, Frankie BeverlyJermaine DupriLedisiMC LyteMorris DayMusiq SoulchildPharrell Williams,Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky & Mike (RBRM), Sheila E., Teddy RileyTeyana TaylorTimbaland, VanJess and more. Hosted by Loni Love. Music by D-Nice. 

Additional performers include 702, AlunaGeorge, ALX, Amanda Black, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Brownstone, Celeste Ntuli, City Girls, El DebargeElle Varner, Erica Falls, EU, Force MDsGinuwine, Jacquees, Koryn Hawthorne, Lucky Daye, Mase, Nao, Nigel Hall, Normani, Queen Naija, Rakim, Rayvanny, Sauti Sol, Scarface, Talk Box, Tellaman, Vanessa Mdee, Water Seed and more. Plus, a live album recording by PJ Morton with Jojo, Luke James, Mia X, Pell and The Hamiltones.

“When the ESSENCE Festival was founded 25 years ago, it marked a pivotal moment of vision and reverence – a critical acknowledgement of and investment in the power of our culture,” said Michelle Ebanks, Chief Executive Officer of ESSENCE Communications. “In the years since, it has set a standard that many other festivals have aspired to, and today, the ESSENCE Festival has grown to represent an annual homecoming for Black artists from across the globe.  In honor of our 25th anniversary, nearly 30 artists per night over 3 epic nights will come together to mount the world’s largest and most extraordinary cultural celebration. To one and all, we say, ‘Welcome to ESSENCE. Welcome home.’” 

Special performance highlights include two seminal albums thematically brought to life, Mary J. Blige’s ‘My Life’ and NAS’ ‘Illmatic’ – each of which are marking 25-year anniversaries in 2019.   ESSENCE will also cultivate a special mainstage moment honoring Frankie Beverly for his lifetime contribution to music.


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