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Essential Details: Essence's Nightly Reveal


Festing doesn’t end after the affair at the Fair Grounds. The music mania continues all the way until the Fourth of July when Essence Fest caps off the season. This week, Essence announced their 2015 night-by-night lineup.


Essence Presence Grows With Missy Elliott, Usher, Dee-1, More


Essence Fest is held on Fourth of July weekend, but it is much bigger than any barbecue or block party. Today, Usher and Missy Elliott were added to a schedule that already includes headliners Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, India Arie, and Common.


Essence Fest Adds Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige


Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige and Lionel Richie are just a few of the many artists who have joined Prince on this year’s Essence lineup. The festival announced the new additions today, among a host of other famous acts like Jill Scott and New Orleans native Ledisi.


Beyonce Orders 150 Po'Boys from Parkway


Beyonce returned to New Orleans Sunday night to perform in the Superdome for the first time since her Super Bowl blackout performance. Queen Bey left the sold-out Essence Festival crowd satisfied after a hit-sparkled 90-minute performance. Apparently, she didn't want to leave her team hungry, either. Sasha Fierce ordered herself and her whole entourage po'boys from Parkway Bakery (538 Hagan Avenue), and the sandwich specialists made an exception to their “no delivery” policy to accommodate. 


Today in New Orleans: 7.6.13


The second night of Essence Festival will be in full swing with acts like like Trey Songz and Keyisha Cole on the mainstage, but for us locals and those on a budget there will also be events of plenty to get you going all day and night. Radio drama unfolds at CAC, while the King of Nouveau Swing is at Snug Harbor. Here are some other events to get out to throughout this Saturday:


MSNBC Comes to New Orleans for Essence Fest


Essence Festival is bringing a slew of celebs and head honchos to New Orleans. So, naturally, the TV cameras are following. MSNBC is in town broadcasting live from the Festival, giving Hardball and The Ed Show shows a little Crescent City flare from the Morial Convention Center.


Today in New Orleans: 7.5.13


There's no time for an Uncle Sam hangover in the Crescent City. The good times keep rolling as music and empowerment kick into high gear at Essence Festival, the Zephyrs keep their roller coaster season going at the Shrine and blues take St. Claude. It's the birthday of R&B legend Smiley Lewis (1913) and the last day of Ernie K-Doe (2001). Avoid your mother-in-law with these:


Second Line with Zulu for Essence Festival


Sad that second line season is over for the summer? Well, there's still a chance to get out in the street with the Zulu krewe today. As part of its free Block Party, starting at 2pm at Canal St. and St. Charles Ave., Zulu Social Aide and Pleasure Club and maybe even some celebs will second line to Champions Square to kick off the first Essence Festival block party.


Today's Events: 7/1/11


July 1, when the Battle of Gettysburg began (1863), when SOS was adapted as the international distress signal (1908), when The Communist Party in China was founded (1921), when ZIP codes were introduced for U.S. mail (1963), when Sony introduced the Walkman, when the MPAA introduced the PG-13 rating (1984), when Sydney Pollack (1934) and Missy Elliott (1971) were born, and when Harriet Beecher Stowe (1896) and Argentina’s 29th and 41st president Juan Perón (1974) died. So let’s hear it for The Way We Were, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and obsolete technology:


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


B. E. Mintz


Stephen Babcock

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