JULY 05, 2015 New Orleans, Louisiana: The 2015 Essence Music Festival was one for the books and it did not disappoint. This year Essence Music Festival celebrated 21 years along with the celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans along with festival attendees showed the resilience of the city. Everyone mentioned when the festival moved to Texas while the city recovered from Hurricane Katrina- it missed a certain vibe and everyone was happy to have it back in New Orleans. As always, Essence Fest had variety of the new and old. I believe that is what makes Essence Festival so powerful. Attendees get to see some of the top acts while discovering new artist along with hearing some great veterans who may not be as “popular”. Kendrick Lamar headlined the festival this year. While some of the older crowd didn’t quite appreciate one of hip-hop’s newest sensations, he rocked the Mercedes Benz Superdome as if he’s been in the game for generations. The Queen of hip-hop/soul, Ms. Mary J. Blige, preceded Kendrick. She belted out her classics and did not disappoint when it came to her signature dance moves. She closed her set with Method Mad- talk about classic! Other classics to hit the main stage included Floetry, Trombone Shorty.
Veterans who returned to the super lounges included Raheem DeVaughn, Mase, Avery Sunshine, Goapole and Tweet.
New artist to look out for- Sza, Robert Glasper, Teedra Moses, Lianne La Havas, Dee-1 and Andra Day.
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