The Essence Festival , known as "the party with a purpose", is an annual music festival which started in as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Essence , a magazine aimed primarily towards African-American women. It became the largest African-American culture and music event in the United States. It was also held in Durban, South Africa in The festival features artists simultaneously performing on a main stage as well as four standing-room only superlounge stages. In , for the first time since its inception, the festival was not produced by the original producer team. A new main stage facelift was designed by production designer Stefan Beese. Dres of Black Sheep and some other rappers turned up for impromptu performances during Doug E Fresh set. Venue: Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Fresh - Hot 8 Brass Band.
ESSENCE Fest Music Lineup
In addition to the stellar lineup, the festival offers a host of free Daytime Experiences that will leave you feeling inspired and energized. Daytime Experiences include speakers and sessions on topics ranging from business and entrepreneurship to a beauty and style expo. The festival brings in some of the most influential voices in entertainment, business, music, fashion, politics, and more for back-to-back Empowerment Experiences all weekend long. The Essence Lifestyle Experience focuses on wellness of the mind, body, and soul. All daytime events are held downtown at the Convention Center. For more information on the Daytime Experience, check here. Experience the best of the festival by booking your tickets now. See you this summer!
The dates for this event have already occurred, please check back again for new dates. Held over Fourth of July weekend at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, this three-day party named for its founder and sponsoring magazine combines high-octane music performances with inspirational speakers and provocative conversations about gender, race, culture and art. The popular event brings a slew of big names to New Orleans for large evening performances, intimate lounge shows and DJ parties. Mary J. Al Sharpton to hash over thought-provoking topics such as religion, economics and education. These are traditionally free.
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