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The Essence Music Festival is a huge 3 day event in Louisiana that celebrates Essence, a magazine for African-American women. This festival is known as the “party with a purpose” and locally known as Essence Fest. This festival is the largest event that celebrates African-American culture and music in the United States. This festival includes many artists who rotate on the main stage as well as four standing room only super-lounge stages. In 2016 the Essence Music Festival will be taking place over July 4th weekend at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

The 2016 Essence Music Festival line-up is a combination of performers and speakers. Some of the acts on the main stage include: Prince, Janelle Monáe, Mary J. Blige, Lionel Richie, and many more. Some of the super-lounge stage artists are Kourtney Heart, Eve, and August Alsina. A few speakers you may want to see are Robin Roberts (From ABC’s Good Morning America), Alicia Keys, Nia Long, and Rev. Al Sharpton.

The Essence Music Festival originated in 1995 as a celebration of Essence Magazine’s 25th Anniversary. It had such a great turnout that the magazine decided to make it an annual tradition. Each year the festival features more and more talented artists and speakers for people to enjoy. Be sure to check out everything this festival has to offer. Along with the music, other perks are Family Day, Empower U, and Day Party. Essence Music Festival tickets will allow you to see great performances and join an empowering gathering of like-minded people.

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