Essence Fest announces nightly concert lineup

Essence Festivalhas announced its nightly lineup of concerts taking place July 5-7 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and it’s all about the ’90s. Look for Missy Elliott to headline on Friday, July 5, and Mary J. Blige on Saturday, July 6.

Also headlining are:

  • On Friday night: RBRM (Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike) and a 25th anniversary set presented by Doug E. Fresh that will feature Brandy, Ledisi and Sheila E., MC Lyte, Morris Day, Former Members of New Power Generation, and more.
  • On Saturday night: Nas, H.E.R. and more, with 25th anniversary celebrations by influential names in hip-hop, including Big Daddy Kane, Scarface, Slick Rick and more.
  • Closing night on Sunday will feature a performance by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly with a special tribute to Frankie Beverly delivered by Anthony Hamilton; Jermaine Dupri’s Atlanta-focused curation with performances by Musiq Soulchild, Da Brat, Lil Jon and Dem Franchize Boyz; Teddy Riley’s Legends of Music curation that includes Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Teyana Taylor, MAJOR., Ro James and more; as well as a NOLA-style bounce performance with Mannie Fresh and Big Freedia.

See the full lineup here.

“We are celebrating our 25th anniversary with an extraordinary, multigenerational, cultural celebration featuring nearly 100 Black artists who know that the ESSENCE Festival is ‘home,’” said Michelle Ebanks, CEO of ESSENCE Communications, in a press release.

 
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