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ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans:
The ESENCE Music Festival, celebrating African-American music and culture, is always held over the Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans. In 2012 it will be on Friday, July 6th through Sunday, July 8th. The festival attracts nearly 200,000 of the best-dressed, fun-loving, talented, and committed people in the nation. You will hear the largest gathering of African-American musical talent in the U.S., as well as listen to some of the top-notch speakers in empowerment seminars.
Whether you like Soul, R&B, Hip Hop, or anything in between, you can find it here at the ESSENCE Music Festival in the Louisiana Superdome. In 2012, Aretha Franklin, Charlie Wilson, Mary J. Blige, Keyshia Cole will all be entertaining. For more information about the 2012 schedule, Click here.
Super lounges artists in 2012 are not out yet, but this part of ESSENCE is always a big hit. The venues are more intimate and the talent is wonderful. So, you can enjoy a more laid back show.
Empowerment seminars include topics in sprituality, stopping violence, education, relationship issues and many more.
The Essence Fest Marketplace at the New Orleans Convention Center features African-style arts and crafts, New Orleans Creole Food, clothing, art, jewelry, etc.
Get Your Tickets in Advance:
You can get tickets for one day or a three day pass. Prices vary according to location in the Dome. Tickets sell fast because this is a popular festival. So get them early. Get all the ticket information you need at the ESSENCE Music Festival's official website.
Get a Hotel Reservation:
There are hotels in the area that are designated as official Essence Music Festival hotels. Here are the top picks.
The Official After Parties:
The official after parties that go along with Essence Music Festival are not-to-be-missed events. They are always hosted by celebrities and held in upscale places with bars, good food and music. It's also the chance to mingle with some of the stars you came to Essence to see. Get all the information you need at Essence's website.