The lineup for the 2017 ESSENCE Festival has been announced and this sounds like one festival you do NOT want to miss!
Not only is Diana Ross headlining, but Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu,, Jazmine Sullivan, Lalah Hathaway and Michel’le will all be joining her.
We’ll be heading to New Orleans to celebrate our 23rd festival in NOLA this July and per usual, some of the biggest names in music are coming along for the ride. This year’s main stage is bringing an eclectic mix of talent with a little of something for everyone, including a first-time performance from the iconic Diana Ross.
“My Path to Strength” — a night of girl power and soul curated by Mary J. Blige — is an evening of performances by some of her favorite women in music, including Chaka Khan and Jazmine Sullivan . Solange, John Legend and India Arie also return the main stage, plus, we’ll get a taste of hip-hop’s golden era from NOLA’s own Master P.
The always-lit Superlounges will feature intimate performances from an array of established and rising talent, including Lalah Hathaway, Teyana Taylor, Michel’le, Ro James, Mose Sumney, R&B sweethearts June’s Diary, soulful songstress Tweet and hip-hop’s hardest working entertainer, Doug E. Fresh.
“This year’s Festival lineup puts women at the forefront of an incredible weekend of entertainment featuring more than 40 of the world’s most gifted artists and performers,” ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks says. “It is an honor to welcome the inimitable Diana Ross to the Festival for the first time. Plus, Festival veteran Mary J. Blige is back to share ‘Strength of a Woman’ with her most passionate fans.”
Click here to see a full list of ESSENCE Festival 2017 performers. We’ll see you love muffins in New Orleans June 30 – July 2.