The countdown to the 2013 ESSENCE Festival is on!
ESSENCE Magazine's May cover star Janelle Monae has been added to the star-studded lineup for the 2013 ESSENCE Festival. Also announced, R&B supergroup TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank) are set to sizzle the mainstage in New Orleans, while Luke James works the ESSENCE Super Lounge. These acts join Beyonce, Maxwell, Trey Songz, Jill Scott, Keyshia Cole, Charlie Wilson and so many more in the Crescent City for the hottest Festival yet!
Ready to get your tickets? Today, the highly anticipated night-by-night schedules for the Fest have been revealed:
Friday, July 5: Maxwell, Jill Scott, LL Cool J and Brandy will take the mainstage. While Blackstreet, Anthony David, Les Nubians, Emeli Sande, Maya Azucena, Simphiwe Dana, Mali Music, Shamarr Allen and The Underdawgs will perform in the superlounges.
Saturday, July 6: New Edition, Charlie Wilson, Trey Songz, Keyshia Cole and Solange will grace the mainstage. Faith Evans, Bridget Kelly, Big Daddy Kane, F. Stokes, PJ Morton, Jody Watley, Leela James and Avery*Sunshine will rock the superlounges.
Sunday, July 7: Beyoncé, Janelle Monáe and supergroup TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank) will storm the mainstage while Rachelle Ferrell, Mia Borders, Mint Condition, Luke James, Daley, Tamia, Kourtney Heart, Greta Prince and Alice Smith perform in the superlounges.
Steve Harvey Morning Show's Nephew Tommy will host the evening concerts in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Single day tickets are on sale today and are priced from $50 to $300 per person, per night.
"We are pleased to present such a stellar and diverse lineup of performers, with more than 30 acts across five stages," said Michelle Ebanks, ESSENCE Communications President. "From icons to the most exciting rising stars, we are offering it all. This extraordinary lineup is just one of the many components of what will be an empowering and inspiring overall weekend experience!"