The 2018 ESSENCE Festival announces its all-star, night-by-night performance schedule for the Festival’s concert series, taking place from July 6 to July 8 at the Superdome in New Orleans, LA. Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott headlining with special guests Snoop Dogg, 112; Daniel Caesar; D-Nice; Doug E. Fresh’s Legends of Hip-Hop Show featuring Big Daddy Kane, Kool Moe Dee and more; DVSN; Fantasia; H.E.R.; Idris Elba; Kelela; Kelly Price’s For The Love of R&B featuring Dave Hollister and Vaughn Willis; Kevin Ross; MAJOR.; Mali Music; Marsha Ambrosius; MC Lyte; Miguel; Mykia Jovan; Ro James; Teddy Riley’s New Jack Swing Experience featuring Wreckx-n-Effect, Blackstreet and Guy.
New additions to the lineup include: Ledisi, Serani, SWV (as part of Teddy Riley’s New Jack Swing Experience) Jussie Smollett; KeKe Wyatt (as part of Kelly Price’s “For the Love of R&B” curation); Lady of Rage, YoYo, and DJ Captain Charles (as part of Doug E Fresh’s Legends of Hip Hop Show); Damien Escobar; Ella Mai; Lloyd; Louis York; Pell; Yanina; and for the first time ever, a special night of celebrating New Orleans Bounce headlined by Big Freedia, and featuring DJ Jubilee.
The A-list nighttime concerts will feature more than 40 acts across five stages in the Superdome throughout the weekend on the festival’s renowned Mainstage and in the intimate Superlounges.
Roy Wood Jr., from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” will return as the Mainstage host, with more surprise guest performances to be announced. The legendary D-Nice will also keep the Mainstage music going for the weekend. The Read’s Kid Fury and Crissle; VICTORY, Xscape and many more to be announced soon. Mainstage host: Roy Wood, Jr.
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