The Essence Music Festival 2016
In 2008, for the first time since its 1994 inception, the festival was not produced by the original producer team. Instead, Essence Communications, owner of the festival and the Essence magazine, contracted Rehage Entertainment Inc.. A new main stage facelift was designed by production designer Stefan Beese. Beginning in 2013, Solomon Group became the Producer of Essence Festival.
In 2013 MSNBC broadcast live from the Essence Festival.MSNBC returned for the 2014 festival.
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Dates: June 30- July 3rd 2016
Years Active: 1994- Present
Lineup: Kendrick Lamar, Puff Daddy & The Family, Ciara, Andra Day. Superlounges: MC Lyte, Dej Loaf, Cyril Neville, Leon Bridges, Kehlani, New Breed Brass Band, Robert Glasper, BJ The Chicago Kid, The Brand New Heavies, Little Simz,Maxwell, New Edition, Babyface, Tyrese, Faith Evans, Estelle
Genres: R&B , Soul , Funk , Gospel , Blues , Hip-Hop , Jazz , Reggae