new orleans hotelsEssence Fest - June 30 - July 3, 2016 | Essence Festival Hotel Guide

The nation's preeminent showcase for African American musical talent, the Essence Music Festival, returns to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the New Orleans Convention Center over the weekend of June 30 - July 3, 2016 with a blockbuster musical lineup, plus an A-list of distinguished speakers on the subjects of empowerment and the African American experience. This year’s event brings in even more music legends to perform across five different stages.

Here a just a few of this year’s headliners:

Mariah Carey, Kendrick Lamar, Jeremih, Ciara, Tyrese Gibson, Charlie Wilson, Leon Bridges, Faith Evans, Kelly Price, Maxwell, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Lalah Hathaway

Some of New Orleans’ most famous performers will include: New Breed Brass Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band


In addition to hearing live music from these world famous performers, you can participate in the 2016 Essence Empowerment Experience. Essence Fest is bringing in some of the most knowledgeable experts to share their ideas and tips to pursue your personal success.

Some of this year’s acclaimed speakers include:

Reverend Al Sharpton, Iyanla Vanzant, Misty Copeland, Tyra Banks, Cookie Johnson, Kierra Sheard, Patina Miller, The Clark Sisters, Yolanda Adams

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