Every year, Essence magazine hosts its annual music and culture fest, Essence Music Festival, in the Superdome the first weekend of July. The festival—this year hosted from Thursday, July 4th through Sunday, July 7th—celebrates the vibrant music, culture and business scenes of the African American community. Fest-goers dress to the nines as they enjoy day parties, after parties and speakers in addition to the festival itself.
The Essence Fest line-up includes some huge names in the pop, hip hop, soul and brass band scenes, including Beyoncé, LL Cool J, Brandy, Keyshia Cole, Biz Markie, Janelle Monáe and Trey Songz and local names like Mia Borders, Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, Brass-a-holics, Kourtney Heart and Stooges Brass Band. These artists will perform on six different stages and “superlounges” set up throughout the Superdome. read more