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Essence Festival

Jun 30 - Jul 2 , 2017

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The 2017 ESSENCE Festival is gearing up to take over New Orleans once again with a host of unforgettable performances from your favorite artists and rising stars including Diana Ross, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Solange, Erykah Badu and so many more. Tickets provide access to all five stages with incredible performing artists. 

Among the many surprises in store from our star-studded 2017 artist line up is an unforgettable night of music and sisterhood, spearheaded by the queen of Hip Hop Soul herself, Mary J. Blige. For the first time ever, both the ESSENCE Festival mainstage and superlounges will feature an all-female roster of music icons, current trailblazers and rising starlets who will own the night. 

Curated by Mary herself and inspired by her upcoming 13th studio album Strength of a Woman, the evening will include performances from Chaka Khan, Jill Scott, Jazmine Sullivan, Monica, Lalah Hathaway, Remy Ma, Teyana Taylor, Jhene Aiko, Lizzo, Ari Lennox, Michel’le, The Jones Girls feat. Shirley Jones, PJ and of course, Mary J. Blige. 

NIGHT BY NIGHT LINEUP

Friday, June 30

  • Diana Ross
  • John Legend
  • India.Arie
  • Rhonda Ross
  • Afrika Mamas
  • Afrosoul
  • Doug E. Fresh
  • Emily Estefan
  • Gallant
  • Heels Over Head
  • Kelly Price
  • Moses Sumney
  • PJ Morton
  • Ro James
  • Yuna

Saturday, July 1

  • Mary J. Blige
  • Jill Scott
  • Chaka Khan
  • Jazmine Sullivan
  • Monica
  • Ari Lennox
  • Jhene Aiko
  • Lalah Hathaway
  • Lizzo
  • Michel'le
  • PJ
  • Remy Ma
  • Teyana Taylor
  • The Jones Girls ft. Shirley Jones

Sunday, July 2

  • Chance the Rapper
  • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
  • Solange
  • Master P
  • Mystikal 
  • Silkk the Shocker
  • Mia X
  • Ithwasa Lekhansela
  • Bj the Chicago Kid
  • Daley
  • Elle Varner
  • June's Diary
  • Leela James
  • Shaggy
  • Sir the Baptist
  • Tweet
  • Chloe x Halle
  • Mayah Dyson
  • Xscape

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