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Essence Fest Planner: 4th of July


Today at Essence Fest, speakers include singer and AIDS activist Alicia Keys and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Tonight, Janelle Monáe, Nile Rodgers, and the legendary Prince take over the Superdome for the biggest show of the weekend. Read on for NoDef's full guide:


Alicia Keys Returns to New Orleans March 21


by Sarah Esenwein

It was barely a month ago Alicia Keys re-wrote history and almost the entire National Anthem here in New Orleans with her own elongated performance of America’s hymn at the 2013 Super Bowl at the Superdome. For soulful appetites that were merely whetted by the Anthem, the R&B songstress is set return for a full set on March 21 at the New Orleans Arena.


Hola Nola: Vol XVII

Essensation!



Hola Nola, and hola the only way to celebrate our nation's 234th birthday: the epic Essence Music Festival. July 4th weekend marks the 16th Anniversary of this monster three-day concert and cultural seminar series (held in the Louisiana Superdome and Louis Armstrong Convention Center, respectively. 


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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Alexis Manrodt, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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Linzi Falk

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Alexis Manrodt


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Stephen Babcock

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