ESSENCE Announces First Round of Performers for 2015 ‘ESSENCE Festival’



Time flies…

Today, ESSENCE has revealed the first round of its line-up of performers for the 21st annual ESSENCE Festival, taking place in New Orleans from July 2-5.

“On the heels of the ESSENCE Festival’s epic 20(th) anniversary celebration in 2014, we’re delighted to announce a selection of the best artists and biggest names in entertainment who will take the stage at the Superdome this summer,’ said Essence President Michelle Ebanks. “From first-time Festival performer Kendrick Lamar to return appearances from fan favorites like Kevin Hart, Common and Mary J. Blige, the ESSENCE Festival offers the definitive entertainment and cultural experience for our passionate ESSENCE community every Fourth of July weekend.”

See the full list of performers below:

Artists confirmed to perform at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival nighttime concerts at the Superdome include:

Mary J Blige, Erykah Badu, Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Raheem DeVaughn, Mali Music, Eric Roberson, Teedra Moses, Avery*Sunshine, Kindred The Family Soul, Goapele, Robert Glasper, Tweet, Jeff Bradshaw, Bilal, Tank, India.Arie, Floetry, Kelly Price, Lianne La Havas, Elle Varner, Common, Trombone Shorty, Kool Moe Dee, Doug E. Fresh, Mystikal, Slick Rick, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Nico & Vinz, Esperanza Spalding, Dee-1, Tonya Bond Cannon, Leon Bridges, Andra Day, and The Bangas and more to be announced soon.

Kevin Hart will headline Essence ‘Now Playing’ Concert, Thursday, July 2. Tickets go on-sale Wednesday, February 25.

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