Every summer, we not only embrace the weather down here in New Orleans, we crank it up by playing host to some of the hottest festivals in the country, including Essence Festival. The weekend of Essence is four days of music, food, art, and empowerment. July 4 through 7, huge artists from around the country will come out to perform, and even some of our local legends will grace the stage.
Essence Festival started as a one-time event celebrating Essence Magazine’s 25th anniversary, and it was such a success that it just hasn’t stopped since 1995. Last year’s headliner was Aretha Franklin, and who else could follow that act up, but this year’s headliner, and the subject our Flickr Pick of the Week, the one and only Beyoncé.
Each day of the festival, artists both fresh and seasoned will be performing across several stages. From Thursday to Sunday you can catch acts like Maxwell, New Edition, Keyshia Cole, LL Cool J, Jill Scott, Anthony David, Maya Azucena, Trey Songz, Brandy, Solange, Doug E. Fresh, and the Brass-aholics, and that’s barely scratching the surface of Essence Festival’s killer music lineup.
The beautiful part of the festival is that, in addition to the music, there is a host of speakers adding to the “Empowerment Experience.” Speakers like Rev. Al Sharpton, Roland Martin, Michelle Williams, Master P, Cheryl Landrieu, Monifah, Lisa Nichols, Iyanla Vanzant, and Lexi will speak on topics ranging from “Feeding Our Children: Mind, Body, Soul” to “Putting Ourselves First,” and from “Supersize Your Dream: Reinvent Your Life and Your Business” to “Icons of the Civil Rights Movement.”
Thursday’s Family Day includes a children’s petting zoo presented by Audubon Nature Institute, and Saturday is the Day Party featuring music by DJ D-Nice, complimentary cocktails, and the Nails on Smash Manicure Bar. Sunday you can join a gospel tribute to Tramaine Hawkins and Donnie McClurkin.
Thanks to skw234567 on Flickr for the photo of this fierce diva to get us pumped up for Essence Fest!