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Jul 3

Essence Music Festival

Featuring Al Green, Anita Baker and 40 more artists at Mercedes-Benz Superdome


Friday 3 July 2009Sunday 5 July 2009


Mercedes-Benz Superdome
1500 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70112, United States

Tel: (504) 587-3663


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NEW YORK (Billboard) - MAXWELL, Anita Baker, Al Green and Ne-Yo will
join previously announced headliner Beyonce at the 15th annual Essence Music Festival this summer in New Orleans.

Also added to the lineup are John Legend, Robin Thicke, Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue.

Organized by Essence magazine, the event is scheduled for July 3-5 at the New Orleans Superdome.

Rounding out the bill are Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, 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, Dan Dyer, DJ Soul Sister, Keri Hilson, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave.

In addition to its concerts, the Essence festival is known for its empowerment seminars, which 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.

This year's festival also will include a tribute to pastor/author T.D. Jakes featuring CeCe Winans and Marvin Sapp, among others.


Celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the ESSENCE Music Festival, July 3–5, 2009, in New Orleans, LA. It's the Ultimate Party Weekend with live musical performances each night, including Beyoncé, Maxwell, Anita Baker, John Legend with many more. The weekend also includes three days of Empowering Seminars FREE at the Convention Center with power speakers including Bishop T.D. Jakes, Dr. Juanita Bynum, Roland Martin, Tom Joyner and many more. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster with the Best Prices.

Get a 15% discount on tickets purchased now through February 15, 2009.

You must buy a ticket for all three nights to get the 15% discount. No discount available for floor or Gold Circle tickets. Any additional service charges will be added after the discount has been calculated. All talent and programming is subject to change.

*****Updated MARCH 26, 2009***

Beyoncé headlines Friday night; Maxwell LEADS SATURDAY; and ESSENCE ICONS an All-Star Celebration of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly closes Sunday night!

Tickets and Weekend Packages ON SALE NOW!

The nightly line up has been confirmed for the 2009 ESSENCE Music Festival presented by Coca Cola. Beyoncé, John Legend, and Ne-Yo kick off the Festival Friday night. Maxwell, Anita Baker and Robin Thicke take the stage Saturday; Lionel Richie and Teena Marie close out Sunday with our salute to Maze featuring Frankie Beverly with musical tributes and a performance by the legends themselves.

Plus many more of your favorite artists on the Main Stage and in the SuperLounges each night.

Single tickets go on sale TOMORROW morning Friday, March 27th, but to ensure you’ve got the best seats each and every night, weekend packages are also available.


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