We still have the rest of 2016 to close out, but the Essence Festival is already full speed ahead for 2017! The HEADLINERS for the 2017 fete are being named as we speak and Mary J. Blige and 'The Boss', Diana Ross are given top billing this far. Other acts have been announced as well. Check out the artists that are set to hit the stage so far...AFTER THE JUMP!
The 23rd annual Essence Fest impacts Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on June 30-July 2. The artists on the bill so far include Chaka Khan, Solange, Teyana Taylor, Doug E. Fresh, Erykah Badu, India.Arie, Jazmine Sullivan, John Legend, Michel'e, Shaggy and June’s Diary.
The 2017 Essence Festival lineup is HERE! See who will be hitting the stage and mark your calendars --> https://t.co/fkR2aTELsl pic.twitter.com/MK0AnWPXQK
— ESSENCE (@Essence) December 15, 2016
“This year’s Festival lineup puts women at the forefront of an incredible weekend of entertainment featuring more than 40 of the world’s most gifted artists and performers,” said ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks. “It is an honor to welcome the inimitable Diana Ross to the Festival for the first time. Plus, Festival veteran Mary J. Blige is back to share Strength of a Woman with her most passionate fans.”
Other artists that were name include:
Lalah Hathaway, Lizzo, Master P,Moses Sumney, Ro James,Sir the Baptist, The Jones Girls Feat. Shirley Jones, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Tweet, and Yuna. Of course there are ore names to come...
Weekend ticket packages go on sale Friday (Dec. 16) with prices starting at $126.