This year's ESSENCE Festival—which returns to New Orleans for July 2 to July 5—and is already sizing up to be a big one, with a bill filled top-to-bottom with marquee performers like Mary J. Blige, Usher, Missy Elliott, Kendrick Lamar, Charlie Wilson, Erykah Badu, Common, Kevin Hart and more. Additionally, this year the festival will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with a Friday night tribute to the city that will be closed out by 70's funk heroes Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly. For more information regarding all things ESSENCE Festival, visit essencefestival.com.
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