Hailed as "the entertainment and cultural event of the year," the New Orleans 2012 Essence Music Festival offers an amazing line-up of performers during this year's event, July 6 to 8.
The three-day celebration will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home to the New Orleans Saints and the Tulane Green Wave. Divided amongst several stages featuring newcomers and superstars alike, here's a quick sampling of the headlining acts appearing on the 2012 Essence Music Festival Main Stage:
- Trey Songz
- The Pointer Sisters
- Mary J. Blige
- Aretha Franklin
Presented by Coca Cola and other major sponsors, these great performers are only part of the New Orleans Essence Music Festival. The FREE Essence Empowerment Experience takes place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and features exciting speakers including:
- Steve Harvey
- Vanessa & Helen Williams
- Fredricka Whitfield
- DB Woodside
- Soledad O'Brien
- Michael Baisden
- Dr. Steve Perry
- Reverend Al Sharpton
The mission of Essence magazine is to "inspire Black women of all shades and shapes to lead bold, fulfilling lives. We encourage their passions and dreams and celebrate their community. As a trusted friend, we reflect their best selves and motivate them to live without limits."
To grab your last minute tickets or for more information, visit New Orleans 2012 Essence Music Festival and New Orleans Online.
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