Essence Music Festival Comes Home to New Orleans

Published: 2006-10-27
After a move to Houston, the Essence Music Festival is returning to its home in New Orleans.

The festival, which celebrates African-American music and culture, relocated to Houston because of the damage to the city of New Orleans and the Louisiana Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. Although Houston put in a bid to maintain the festival, officials announced that the festival will be held in New Orleans for the next three years.

In a press release President of Essence Communications, Michelle Ebanks said, "ESSENCE is proud to join with the State of Louisiana in support of the City of New Orleans and bring the Essence Music Festival back home, where Festival goers can once again experience the richness of New Orleans' culture-- including distinctive music, traditions, and cuisine celebrated with old-fashioned southern hospitality."

For three nights, beginning July 5, Essence will light up New Orleans once again. Tickets go on sale November 3. Past performers include Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Destiny's Child, Lionel Richie and Stevie Wonder.

Writer: Meghan Wubs



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