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Photos: Essence Festival 2013 – Night Two featuring Charlie Wilson, Jody Watley, New Edition, More

Crowds braved a somewhat soggy day two of Essence Festival 2013 to take in Saturday night’s concert at the Mercedez-Benz Superdome. The second night featured performances from “Uncle” Charlie Wilson, throw-back wonderboys New Edition and crooner Trey Songz, as well as a fantastic comeback from soul sweetheart Jody Watley. The night also saw sets from [...]

New Orleans Artists
at Essence Festival 2013

Like most major music and culture festivals, Essence Festival can be overwhelming when just glancing at the schedule. Essence Fest encompasses four full days of music, panel discussions, demonstration stages plus an arts and business marketplace. This year, the celebration even includes Thursday’s “Family Union Day,” the festival’s new free event. Since Essence chooses to [...]

Ticket Giveaway: Lil Wayne, Big Boi, Eli Young Band and Lee Brice

With the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers soon to square off in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday (February 3), several high-profile events are set to take place in Downtown New Orleans this week— none more lavish than those that will be held at 701 Convention Center Boulevard. There, from Thursday [...]

Essence Music Festival on Sunday: Fantasia, Eve, and Aretha Franklin

“Some of y’all are too cute to have a good time!” Fantasia is pissed. Or at least, stage-pissed. She’s the second Main Stage act on the final night of the Essence Music Festival and has no patience for hesitancy. Her hair and coat disheveled, her face bathed in sweat, she dashes off the stage and [...]

Essence Music Festival on Saturday: Robert Glasper, The Stylistics, and Mary J. Blige

Premium advertising platform it may be, but Champions Square is no place to spend an afternoon in July. At 4 p.m., at the Essence Music Festival’s Block Party I can’t find any unoccupied shade and so I push to the front of the stage to stand outside the umbrellas of wiser audience members. MC Lyte [...]

Essence Music Festival on Friday: Trey Songz, D’Angelo, and Charlie Wilson

Due to a prior commitment, I arrive at the Superdome for the first day of the Essence Music Festival around 10 p.m., just in time for the close of Trey Songz’ set. He shouts out the ladies, then closes with the club anthem “Bottoms Up.” This climaxes with him ripping off his wife-beater to general [...]

Branding, Eh?

News this morning: the Louisiana Seafood Board is thinking of taking its BP cash and investing it in naming rights for the New Orleans Arena. I believe the amount bandied about is some $30 million, most of which is the money that BP has pumped back into the seafood industry. Apparently they’ve got so much [...]

Bayou Classic Parade Returns on Thanksgiving

It’s been almost three decades since the Bayou Classic Parade, but this Thanksgiving it’s coming back full force. “I was told by a local float builder who was also a captain of a Mardi Gras parade that we definitely had one of the best marching band line-ups they’d ever seen,” says Jon Kardon, one of [...]

Jazz Fest vs. the Hornets

In the past, the Superdome and Arena box offices have been the last place to get less-expensive Jazz Fest tickets. Tomorrow night’s Game 6 between the Hornets and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Arena throws a potential monkey-wrench into the plans of last-minute ticket buyers, but Jazz Fest has worked something out. According to [...]

Essence Festival Beefs Up Lineup

The Essence Festival made new additions to its lineup of R&B artists yesterday, announcing that Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, Kem and a newly-reunited New Edition will all play the main stage at the Superdome. New additions to the Superlounge stages include Miguel, Naughty By Nature, Doug E. Fresh, Marsha Ambrosius, Mavis Staples, Eric Benet, Vanessa [...]