July 4th weekend seems so close yet so far away and we know you can’t wait to hop on the 10 and make your way to the Big Easy to see over 40 amazing performances on the Mainstage and in Superlounges. This year Essence Festival will be celebrating New Orleans in recognition of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina as well as bring Grammy award winning, Beenie Man and Zagga Zow Band to the Dome. Get excited and in the meantime, check out the nigh-by-night lineup.

Thursday, July 2nd

Mainstage: Trey Songz, Lecrae and WHAT NOW? TOUR featuring Kevin Hart

Friday, July 3rd

Mainstage: Charlie Wilson, India.Arie, Kem, plus a soon-to-be announced return of New Orleans’ finest.

Superlounges: Adrian Marcel, Avery*Sunshine, Doug E. Fresh, Goapele, Kelly Price, Kindred The Family Soul, Luenell, Nico & Vinz and Slick Rick.

Saturday, July 4th

Mainstage: Usher, Missy Elliott, Erykah Badu, Common, Beenie Man & The Zagga Zow Band

Superlounges: Bilal, Elle Varner, Esperanza Spalding Presents: Emily’s D+Evolution, Kool Moe Dee, Mali Music, Mystikal, Raheem DeVaughn, Sevyn Streeter, Tank and The Bangas and Tonya Boyd-Cannon.

Sunday, July 5th

Mainstage: Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Floetry

Superlounges: Andra Day, Dee-1, Dumpstaphunk, Eric Roberson, Jeff Bradshaw, Lianne La Havas, Mase, Robert Glasper, SZA, Teedra Moses and Tweet.


Nephew Tommy from “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” will return as the Mainstage host, with special DJ appearances by Doug E. Fresh, and more surprise guest performances.

For information about tickets, accommodations and the latest news about the ESSENCE FESTIVAL, visit www.essencefestival.com