Are you tired of going to that same 4th of July BBQ your Uncle Lester has every year? Head to New Orleans for the Essence Music Festival and check out performances from Beyonce, Al Green and Uncle Charlie instead!
Billboard recently announced that Charlie Wilson, Lionel Richie, Ryan Leslie, Melanie Fiona, and Little Freddie King have joined previously announced acts Beyonce, Al Green, Ne-Yo, John Legend, Maxwell, Robin Thicke, En Vogue, Keri Hilson, Janelle Monae, Jazmine Sullivan, Salt-N-Pepa, Raphael Saadiq, The Knux and Eric Benet on the lineup for the 2009 Essence Music Festival which takes place July 3-5 in New Orleans.
The festival will also include a special Essence tribute to Frankie Beverly and Maze, who will close out the weekend festivities. Frankie Beverly and Maze have been a part of the event since it began in 1995 and they're definitely a must see live performance. Here's a quick peek at last year's event:
I haven't been back to New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina, but I attended Essence Music Festival the year the Hurricane hit, in 2005. I had a great time, saw a lot of great shows and had some of the best meals I've ever eaten (nothing like the N.O. for music and food).
Who else has been? How was your Essence Music Festival experience? Talk to me :)
I've been hearing a lot of talk about Melanie Fiona and I understand why. I love her song "Give It To Me Right". I've been waiting for the right time to introduce her and I'm so glad she's been added to the Essence Music Festival lineup. Check out her EPK below:
That's a great EPK, I think the last one I saw that I liked that much was Chrisette Michele's. I definitely look forward to hearing more from Melanie Fiona. What did you guys think of her?
And since we also mentioned Lionel Richie, I should probably tell you that Nicole's dad just premiered his new video for "Just Go" featuring Akon.
I know y'all peeped Evan Ross in the video, I bet Diana and Lionel had an interesting chat about that move :). Lionel Richie + Akon = pretty damn melodic and catchy. It's good to see Lionel bridging the gap. Are you guys feeling the song?