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Urban Culture News Hip Hop to RB Artists to rock '07 Essence Music Festival
Hip Hop to RB Artists to rock '07 Essence Music Festival PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert ID3502   
Monday, 26 March 2007 22:09

Adding to an all-star hip hop, R&B and gospel lineup, Ciara, Ludacris, Ne-Yo, The O''Jays with Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill, Robin Thicke and Steve Harvey have been added to the Essence Music Festival roster. These artists join previously announced hip hop, R&B and pop artists Beyonce, Chris Brown, Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.

"Ciara, Ludacris, Ne-Yo and Robin Thicke are amazing performers, new to the Essence Music Festival stage and we''re so thrilled to have them," says Michelle Ebanks, president, Essence Communications Inc. "The O''Jays with Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill, along with Steve Harvey are all a part of the Essence Music Festival family and we welcome them back to New Orleans for our coming home celebration."

The annual celebration will also kick off with a star-studded opening night gospel extravaganza.

  The night-by-night schedule of performances will include:

  THURSDAY, JULY 5                        FRIDAY, JULY 6             SATURDAY, JULY 7

  Main Stage                                    Main Stage                     Main Stage

  Gospel Opening Ceremony                Robin Thicke                      Ne-Yo

  Ciara                                           Steve Harvey                  Lionel Richie

  Ludacris                                        Chris Brown                    Mary J. Blige

  The O''Jays with Keith Sweat               Beyonce                    Maze featuring

   and Johnny Gill                                                                Frankie Beverly

Tickets for the evening concerts are on sale immediately at ticketmaster.com, (800) 488-5252. A portion of the proceeds will support the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools in New Orleans. For updates on performers, hotel accommodations, ticket prices and weekly promotions log on to www.essence.com.

Sponsors of the 2007 Essence Music Festival include presenting sponsor, Coca-Cola; major sponsors Budweiser, McDonald's, and the U.S. Army; and official sponsors L''Oreal Paris and Vaseline. Additional sponsors will be announced in the future.

The 2007 Essence Music Festival is produced by Essence Festivals in association with Festival Productions Inc. -- New Orleans and AEG Live. Essence Festivals LLC is a division of Essence Communications Inc. (ECI). ECI is also the publisher of ESSENCE magazine. ESSENCE, after 36 years, continues to be the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women.

Web site: http://www.essence.com/

Urban Culture News Hip Hop to RB Artists to rock '07 Essence Music Festival

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