The 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans has another all-star line up:
Mary J. Blige
Kindred the Family Soul
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
The Original Pinettes Brass Band
The Stooges Brass Band
Khris Royal & Dark Matter
ESSENCE will honor iconic singer Aretha Franklin with “The Power Award.”
The festival is three full days (July 6-8) of socio-political dialogue, health and wellness discussions and spiritual inspiration with Steve Harvey, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rep. Maxine Waters and Dr. Steve Perry.
There will also be an All-star Gospel tribute honoring gospel stars Fred Hammond and Mary Mary.