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Enjoy exclusive performances from the Essence Festival of Culture explosive evening concerts! This all-star lineup performs their hits to benefit and celebrate cultures of color

Lineup
AMANDA BLACK
BELL BIV DEVOE
BIG FREEDIA
BRUNO MARS
CHRONIXX
COMMON
D-NICE
DOUG E.FRESH
ESTELLE
JON BATISTE
LEDISI
LONI LOVE
MICHELLE OBAMA
PATTI LABELLE
PJ MORTON
SAUTI SOL
TANK AND THE BANGAS
USHER

Schedule

Saturday 7/04
12:00-12:00AM EST

Doug E. Fresh

Teach me how to Dougie! Doug E. Fresh gets us hype as he brings us into his world with a classic beatbox and live performance from his home.

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Saturday 7/04
12:00-12:00AM EST

Common

Common brings classic hip hop vibes to the ESSENCE stage with renditions of 'I Used to Love H.E.R.,' 'The People' and 'The Light.' He's joined later by BJ The Chicago Kid.

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Saturday 7/04
12:00-12:00AM EST

Mayor Cantrell Message

New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell reflects on the unprecedented social injustice facing black and brown communities and the hope, joy and feeling of community that ESSENCE Festival of Culture provides especially during this time.

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Saturday 7/04
12:00-12:00AM EST

New Orleans Tribute

Artists pay tribute to the hometown of ESSENCE Festival of Culture with the Big 6 Brass Band, John Batiste, Tank and the Bangas, Big Freedia, and PJ Morton.

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Saturday 7/04
12:00-12:00AM EST

Sauti Sol

Kenyan afro-pop band Sauti Sol gives a vibrant, soulful performance of their single, 'Brighter Days.'

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Saturday 7/04
12:00-12:00AM EST

Bell Biv Devoe

That girl is poison! Bell Biv Devoe take us back in time with a live performance of a few of their classic hits.

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Saturday 7/04
12:00-12:00AM EST

Estelle Ft Chronixx

Call on your inner queendom with Estelle and Chronixx, as they perform their single 'Queen.'

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Saturday 7/04
12:00-12:00AM EST

Ledisi

R&B singer Ledisi dazzles us with 'Anything for You' and a soulful version of the classic song 'Change Gonna Come.'

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Saturday 7/04
12:00-12:00AM EST

Michelle Obama

As we celebrate this ESSENCE 50th anniversary, we're graced by the Former First Lady Michelle Obama who honors black women who lead and encourages us with an endearing message to get out and vote.

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Saturday 7/04
12:00-12:00AM EST

Amanda Black

All the way from South Africa, Amanda Black and her live band joins the ESSENCE stage to perform 'Power.'

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Saturday 7/04
12:00-12:00AM EST

Patti LaBelle

The R&B legend and soultress Patti Labelle shines light into our hearts with 'What Can I Do For You,' 'If Only You Knew,' and 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow.'

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Saturday 7/04
12:00-12:00AM EST

Ooh Child Medley

An all-star choir join together for a passionate and moving rendition of 'Ooh Child.' Spanning different countries -- including South Africa, the UK, the U.S., and Kenya -- we hear from Amanda Black, Lady X, Xenia, PJ Morton, Estelle, Mi Casa, Rowlene, Tamela Mann, and Marvin Sapp.

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Saturday 7/04
7:00-8:00PM EST

Evening Concert Series: 1st Hour

In the first hour, see performances by Doug E. Fresh, Common and a tribute to the city of New Orleans with Mayor Latoya Cantrell, Big Brass Band, Jon Batiste, PJ Morton, Big Freedia and Tank & The Bangas. Hosted by Loni Love and Music By D-Nice.

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Saturday 7/04
8:00-9:00PM EST

Evening Concert Series: 2nd Hour

In the second hour, Sauti Sol, BBD, Estelle featuring Chronixx, Ledisi, perform and our Forever First Lady, Michelle Obama delivers a special keynote address “When We All Vote.” Enjoy a special tribute to our Essential Heroes by Erica Campbell and Mayor LaToya Cantrell. Hosted by Loni Love and Music By D-Nice.

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Saturday 7/04
9:00-10:00PM EST

Evening Concerts: Last Hour

In the final hour, see performances by Amanda Black, Patti Labelle, Usher and Bruno Mars plus special guest appearances continue in our tribute to our Essential Heroes. Hosted by Loni Love and Music By D-Nice.

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