The 19th annual ESSENCE Festival will take place from July 4 through July 7 in the city of New Orleans at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, and quality Hip Hop is not lacking. There will be a long list of artists that are associated with urban culture such as Big Daddy Kane, Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie, Beyonce, New Edition, PJ Morton, Trey Songz, Mali Music, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, Brandy, Solange, Maxwell and more for this event. 

Attendees can also expect appearances from world-renowned speakers, authors, innovaters and celebrities for the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience. There will also be opportunities to engage with some of the world’s most esteemed brands. ESSENCE editors and various celebrities will connect with attendees, they will be on display on the ESSENCE Center Stage each day. ESSENCE magazine is looking forward to sharing their brand’s message through live moments. 

In news related to artists performing at ESSENCE Festival, Beyonce and Michelle Williams featured on Kelly Rowland’s “You’ve Changed” off her Talk A Good Game album, bringing Destiny’s Child back together for at least one track. Beyonce recently auctioned off a style team opportunity worth $25,000, joined the cast of 3D CG-animated film Epic and performed with her husband Jay-Z, among others, at “Chime For Change: The Sound of Change” concert. LL Cool J dropped his Authentic album on April 30. On June 12 iconic Hip Hop artist Big Daddy Kane rocked the NYC Summer Stage, an event curated by Hip Hop’s founders.

Here is the ESSENCE Festival schedule (Appearances/schedule are subject to change): 


Biz Markie – Family Day Sound Stage 

Brass-A-Holics – Family Day Sound Stage

Carla Ferrell – Family Day Sound Stage

Cupid – Family Day Sound Stage

Doug E. Fresh – Family Day Sound Stage

Gina Brown – Family Day Sound Stage

Mike Swift – Family Day Sound Stage

Stooges Brass Band – Family Day Sound Stage

Tweet – Family Day Sound Stage

Water Seed – Family Day Sound Stage


Maxwell – Superdome Main Stage 11:00pm-12:30am 

St. Beauty – Cover Girl Superlounge 7:10pm-8:40pm 

LL Cool J – Superdome Main Stage 8:05pm-9:05pm 

Mali Music – Ford Superlounge 6:55pm-7:25pm 

Maya Azucena – McDonald’s Superlounge 7:25pm-7:55pm 

Roman GianArthur – Cover Girl Superlounge 7:10pm-8:40pm 

Deep Cotton – Cover Girl Superlounge 7:10pm-8:40pm 

Emeli Sande – Ford Superlounge 7:45pm-8:35pm 

Jill Scott – Superdome Main Stage 9:25pm-10:40pm 

Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs – Coca Cola Superlounge 7:10pm-8:10pm

Simphiwe Dana – McDonald’s Superlounge  8:15pm-9:00pm

Anthony David – Ford Superlounge 8:55pm-11:00pm

Chrisette Michele – Cover Girl Superlounge 9:05pm-10:35pm 

Les Nubians – McDonald’s Superlounge 9:20pm-10:50pm 

Brandy – Superdome Main Stage 7:00pm-7:45pm

Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles – Superdome Main Stage 


New Edition – Superdome Main Stage 11:30pm-12:45am 

Charlie Wilson – Superdome Main Stage 9:40pm-11:10pm 

Keyshia Cole – Superdome Main Stage 7:35pm-8:20pm 

Avery Sunshine – Coca Cola Superlounge 7:00pm-7:30pm

Roman GianArthur – Cover Girl Superlounge 7:10pm-8:40pm

Deep Cotton – Cover Girl Superlounge 7:10pm-8:40pm

St. Beauty – Cover Girl Superlounge 7:10pm-8:40pm

PJ Morton – Ford Superlounge 7:35pm-8:05pm

Trey Songz – Superdome Main Stage 8:35pm-9:20pm 

Bridget Kelly – Coca Cola Superlounge 8:00pm-8:45pm 

F. Stokes – Ford Superlounge 8:30pm-8:50pm 

Leela James – McDonald’s Superlounge 8:00pm-8:45pm 

Big Daddy Kane – Ford Superlounge 9:10pm-11:25pm 

Bilal – Cover Girl Superlounge  9:15pm-10:30pm 

Faith Evans – Coca Cola Superlounge 9:05pm-10:35pm 

Jody Watley – McDonald’s Superlounge 9:25pm-10:55pm

Greta Prince – McDonald’s Superlounge 7:10pm-7:40pm 

Solange – Superdome Main Stage 6:30pm-7:10pm 


Beyonce – Superdome Main Stage 10:30pm-12:30am

Daley – Ford Superlounge 7:00pm-7:40pm 

TGT – Superdome Main Stage 8:00pm-8:45pm

Alice Smith – Cover Girl Superlounge 7:45pm-8:30pm

Janelle Monae – Superdome Main Stage 9:10pm-10:05pm 

Kourtney Heart – Ford Superlounge 8:00pm-8:55pm 

Luke James – McDonald’s Superlounge 7:05pm-7:50pm 

MIA Borders – Coca Cola Superlounge 7:30pm-8:00pm 

Marsha Ambrosius – Cover Girl Superlounge 9:00pm-10:15pm 

Mint Condition – Ford Superlounge 9:15pm-10:45pm 

Rachelle Ferrell – Coca Cola Superlounge 8:20pm-10:35pm 

Tamia – McDonald’s Superlounge  8:10pm-10:25pm 

For more information and updates, visit the ESSENCE Festival website.

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