Essence Music Festival

Essence FestivalEssence Music Festival takes place at New Orleans, Louisiana

Essence Music Festival 2012 dates – 6th to 9th July

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ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012 – LINE UP
FRIDAY 6TH JULY

Main Stage
D’Angelo, Nephew Tommy, Charlie Wilson, Trey Songz, Keyshia Cole, The Pointer Sisters

Superlounge
Gary Clark Jr., Marsha Ambrosius, Q Parker, SWV, Khris Royal & Dark Matter, Kindred the Family Soul, Vivian Green, Super Jay, Goapele, Stephanie Mills

SATURDAY 7TH JULY

Main Stage
Mary J. Blige, Ledisi, Tank, Kevin Hart

Superlounge
Eric Roberson, Dru Hill, The Robert Glasper Experiment, The Stylistics, Stephanie Mills, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, The Original Pinettes Brass Band, Teedra Moses

SUNDAY 8TH JULY

Main Stage
Aretha Franklin, Mary Mary, Fantasia, Kirk Franklin

Superlounge
Carl Thomas, Luke James, Estelle, The Stooges Brass Band, Alex Boyd, Bridget Kelly, Melanie Fiona, Eve, Raheem DeVaughn


The History of
the Essence Music Festival

Essence Music Festival is an annual music festival celebrating contemporary African American music and culture. It is the largest event celebrating African American culture and music in the United States.

It has been held in New Orleans, Louisiana every year since 1995 except for 2006, where it was held in Houston, Texas due to Hurricane Katrina. Essence Music Festival, known locally as Essence Fest, is sponsored by Essence, a magazine aimed primarily towards African-American women.

Essence Festival Line Up – 2011
Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, Kayne West, Jill Scott, Mary J Blige, Trey Songz, Boys II Men, Charlie Wilson, Fantasia, Stephanie Mills, Charmaine Neville Band, George Clinton, Irma Thomas, Kelly Price, Kourtney Heart, Macy Gray, Mavis Stalpes

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