17th Annual Essence Music Festival (Day 1)
Summer is in full swing, which means it's time to gear up for the annual extravaganza known as The Essence Music Festival. The largest African-American cultural and entertainment event in the world with more than 400,000 attendees in 2010, the Music Festival is an intersection of community impact, cultural empowerment and unparalleled entertainment.
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Headlining the Essence Music Festival are some of the biggest names in music with performances each night at the Louisiana Superdome. 5 stages will be host to over forty artists spanning the R&B, funk, soul, classics, hip-hop and neo-soul genres gathering to celebrate the Roots of R&B this Fourth of July weekend.
Friday, July 1:
Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Boyz II Men, Macy Gray, Nephew Tommy, Dwele, Alexander O'Neal and Cherrelle, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Tank, Miguel, Mavis Staples, Irma Thomas, Mint Condition, and Noel Gourdin
Saturday, July 2:
Kanye West, Jill Scott, Charlie Wilson, Chaka Khan, El Debarge, Eric Benet, Timothy Bloom, Mint Condition, Hot 8 Brass Band, Stephanie Mills, Charmaine Neville Band, Naughty by Nature, To Be Continued Brass Band
Sunday, July 3:
Mary J Blige, New Edition, Trey Songz, Kem, Hal Linton, Kourtney Heart, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Rebirth Brass Band, Kelly Price, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Trin-i-Tee 5:7, Brian Courtney Wilson, MC Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, Shamarr Allen and The Underdawgs
Throughout the weekend, EMF attendees are invited to the free daily ESSENCE Empowerment Experience featuring influential personalities in the entertainment, publishing, and cultural worlds.