April 10, 2014
City News Service
Organizers of the annual ESSENCE Festival, said they are excited to announce the all-star night-by-night line-up of performers for its 20th anniversary celebration in New Orleans, LA, from July 3-6.
The A-list nighttime concerts will take place across 5 stages in the Superdome throughout the weekend — on the Festival’s legendary Mainstage and within the intimate Superlounges.
This year, ESSENCE plans to kick off the festivities on its Mainstage with an electrifying performance by renowned musician and international superstar Prince along with special guest performers (Friday, July 4); followed by celebrated artists Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, The Roots Presents Hip Hop, Ledisi and Tank (Saturday, July 5); and will close the celebration with a special performance by music icon Lionel Richie, who will share the stage with powerhouse performer Charlie Wilson, and fan favorites Erykah Badu and Tamar Braxton (Sunday, July 6th). Nephew Tommy from The Steve Harvey Morning Show, will return as the Mainstage host.
The 2014 ESSENCE Festival night-by-night musical line-up is as follows:
• Friday, July 4 – Mainstage: Prince along with special guest performers Superlounges: Eve, King, Stephanie Mills, Leela James, Naughty By Nature, Kevin Ross, Estelle and Greta Prince.
• Saturday, July 5 – Mainstage: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, The Roots, Ledisi, Tank. Superlounges: 112, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Michelle Williams, Tevin Campbell, Liv Warfield, Marsha Ambrosius, PJ Morton, Doug E. Fresh and Kourtney Heart.
• Sunday, July 6 – Mainstage: Lionel Richie, Charlie Wilson, Erykah Badu, Tamar Braxton Superlounges: Robert Glasper, Amel Larrieux, K. Michelle, Sebastian Mikael, Raheem DaVaughn, Sevyn Streeter, Elle Varner, August Alsina and The Original Pinettes.
Single day tickets start at $58 per person per night. For information about ticket sales, accommodations and the latest news about the ESSENCE FESTIVAL, visit ESSENCE Festival www.essencefestival.com, join the Festival community: on Twitter @essencefest #EssenceFest and become a fan of 2014 ESSENCE Festival on Facebook.