Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Floetry, More Confirmed For 2015 Essence Music Festival

The first round of entertainers to perform at the 2015 Essence Festival has been announced, and it’s a star-studded line-up!

The 21st annual celebration will welcome a boatload of stellar performers to the main stage; Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Floetry (who recently announced a tour for this spring), India.Arie, Elle Varner, Kelly Price, Raheem DeVaughn, Mali Music, Eric Roberson, Teedra Moses, Avery Sunshine, SZA, Kindred The Family Soul, Goapele, Robert Glasper, Tweet, Jeff Bradshaw, Bilal, Tank and many more have been confirmed to take the Superdome by storm during the nightime performances at the Superdome.

Other confirmed artists include hip-hoppers Kendrick Lamar, Common, Kool Moe Dee, Doug E. Fresh, Mystikal, and Slick Rick. More artists are to be announced at a later date. Comedian Kevin Hart will headline the “Now Playing” Concert on Jul 2nd.

Essence President Michelle Ebanks said in a press release, “On the heels of the ESSENCE Festival’s epic 20th anniversary celebration in 2014, we’re delighted to announce a selection of the best artists and biggest names in entertainment who will take the stage at the Superdome this summer.” She continued, “From first-time Festival performer Kendrick Lamar to return appearances from fan favorites like Kevin Hart, Common and Mary J. Blige, the ESSENCE Festival offers the definitive entertainment and cultural experience for our passionate ESSENCE community every Fourth of July weekend.”

The Essence Festival will take place on July 2-5 in New Orleans, LA. For information about ticket sales, accommodations and the latest news about the Essence Festival, visit