This year marks the 25th anniversary of the 2019 ESSENCE Festival® Presented By Coca-Cola®. With festivities abound, New Orleans is celebrating in a special way. The New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network (NOMTN) and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC) have teamed up to give voice to the local musical talent in a first-of-its-kind New Orleans Music Showcase.
Leading up to the music showcase, over 60 submissions from local artists were received along with nearly 60,000 online votes, determining the top ten performers that went on to compete live for a few coveted performance spots at Essence Fest. The standing room-only event at the New Orleans Jazz Market on May 30 featured a panel of award-winning judges including Grammy Award-Winner Irma Thomas, NPR Tiny Desk winner Tarriona “Tank” Ball from Tank and the Bangas, Essence Festival Entertainment Editor Cori Murray, and more. And the winners are…
First Place, performing at the Superdome Superlounge: DAWN
Second Place, performing at the Morial Convention Center Center Stage: VEGAS COLA BAND
Third Place, performing at the newly-curated Armstrong Park Concert: DREA MARIE
Cori Murray surprised the audience and announced a fourth award in honor of the 25th Anniversary, which went to CASME.
See these local artists along with an all star lineup of talent performing at this year’s Essence Festival, July 4-7, 2019 in New Orleans.