The 2013 Essence Festival: There’s Nothing Like It! July 4 – 7, New Orleans, LA

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janelle_monae2x2web(Janelle Monae) The 2013 ESSENCE Festival, the 19th annual gathering of music, culture, community, empowerment and inspiration, is proud to announce its heavily anticipated night-by-night line-up.  The 2013 ESSENCE Festival, taking place July 4-7 in New Orleans, LA, promises to be the most exhilarating cultural celebration of the year; featuring a mix of bold names, exciting newcomers and cherished ESSENCE Festival favorites.

Festival attendees will experience a dazzling aural event with the thrilling headlining line-up of Grammy-Award winners JILL SCOTT and MAXWELL (Friday, July 5th); CHARLIE WILSON and NEW EDITION (Saturday, July 6th); and a powerful closing performance from Grammy-Award winning icon BEYONCÉ (Sunday, July 7th).  Nephew Tommy from The Steve Harvey Morning Show will once again return as the Mainstage host, assuring laughs and a lively audience interaction.

Additional names to be added to the previously announced Mainstage line up include buzzed about songstress Solange, who will be bringing her fiery brand and fashionable stage set to the Mainstage for the first time; heartthrob Trey Songz; ESSENCE May issue cover star and vocal powerhouse Janelle Monáe, who will curate a nightly lounge performance; and Supergroup TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank). Newly added superlounge acts include Faith Evans, Luke James, Tamia, Emeli Sandé, Alice Smith, Maya Azucena and Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, among many others.

“We are pleased to present such a stellar and diverse line up of performers, with more than thirty acts across five stages!” says Michelle Ebanks, ESSENCE Communications President.  She adds, “From icons to the most exciting rising stars, we are offering it all. This extraordinary line-up is just one of the many components of what will be an empowering and inspiring overall weekend experience!”

For more information, go to EssenceFestival.com