Maxwell, Anita Baker, Al Green, John Legend, Robin Thicke, Salt-N-Pepa, Ne-Yo and En Vogue are among the performers joining previously announced headliner Beyonce at the 15th annual Essence Music Festival, organizers said Thursday.
The annual event, to be held July 3-5 at the New Orleans Superdome, will also feature performers Teena Marie, Eric Benet, Jazmine Sullivan, Janelle Monae, Raphael Saadiq, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Zap Mama, The Knux, Irvin Mayfield, Lalah Hathaway, Blind Boys of Alabama, Ledisi, Marva Wright, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Brand New Heavies, the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, Dan Dyer, DJ Soul Sister, Keri Hilson, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave.
The Essence Festival includes empowerment seminars that are free and open to ticket-holders on a first-come, first-served basis. Among the personalities participating in these events are Bill Cosby, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Donna Brazile, Tom Joyner, Hill Harper and Donnie McClurkin.
In addition, there will be a tribute to TD Jakes featuring CeCe Winans and Marvin Sapp, among others.
Tickets for the Essence festival are available from Ticketmaster. Weekend packages are discounted by 15% through Feb. 15.
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