The Essence Music Festival is the biggest summer event in New Orleans.
The 15th Anniversary
2009 marks the 15th anniversary of the Essence Music Festival and the musical lineup is even better than last year. So, far the exact day-to-day lineup isn't out, but here's a list of the performers set for this year:
Beyonce, Maxwell, Anita Baker, Al Green, John Legend, Robin Thicke, Salt-n-Pepa, En Vogue, Teena Marie, Solange, Eric Benet, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Raphael Saadig, Zap Mama, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Janelle Monae, The Brand New Heavies, Dan Dyer, Keri Hilson, Irwin Mayfield, Marva Wright, Big Sam's Funky Nation, DJ Soul Sister, The Preservation Hall Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave., The Knux, Jonathan Slocumb.