One Hot Summer: Beyoncé Set To Headline Essence Music Festival, Along With Maxwell, Jill Scott, Brandy…And Keyshia Cole

February 11, 2013  |  

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If you were looking for a reason to head to New Orleans in July for the 19th annual Essence Music Festival this year, this new lineup of theirs is sure to have you thirsty to get to NOLA. Recently announced to headline this year’s festival is the ultimate diva, Beyoncé. Adding another date to her already jam packed Mrs. Carter tour schedule, Bey will take the Superdome stage one mo’ ‘gin for fans, and everyone seems excited, including Essence Communication President, Michelle Ebanks, who says, “We are incredibly excited to welcome Beyoncé back to the 2013 ESSENCE Festival line-up. She is truly the ultimate ESSENCE woman.” Homegirl will of course headline one of three concert nights that is happening July 4-7, but her specific show date has not been pegged yet. In any case, keep those four days open in your schedule.

Ironically, Bey is a headliner, as is Keyshia Cole, who has had a lot to say as of late about homegirl’s former Destiny’s Child bandmate, Michelle Williams. Jill Scott is also a big headliner for the festival, as is my husband Maxwell, Brandy, Charlie Wilson and many more talented folks (including the very slept on Les Nubians, who are an amazing group!). Check out the many acts who have so far been slated to perform during the 19th annual Essence Music Festival come summer, and get more info on another sure-to-knock-the-lights-out-performance by Beyoncé at

Will you be there July 4-7, and who would you be excited to see?

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  • Dee

    Brandy would be the perfect person to open . Clearly MN doesn’t seem to recognize other talent than Beyonce

  • SweetChariot

    Even though anybody can be associated with Essence Music Fest, or even the magazine itself, I can’t help but think that mostly black women were in the mind of the creator at its inception. So besides immaturely throwing shade at anotha sista via twitter, Keyshia Cole has told us she isn’t black but biracial, I wonder if she was as torn & perplexed when asked to participate in Essence Music Fest as she was about the Black Girls Rock Campaign? Hmmm…

  • Kenedy

    Maxwell can only be married to one person Clarke! & that happens to be me…sooo…yeah, just thought i should let you know

  • Chassie

    one of those things is not like the other….

    • guest510

      you ain’t right! lmao

  • ramonaspearls

    So no Mary this year?

  • FunnyChick

    Y’all had me until i saw Keyshia Super Hater Cole…

  • UmmNO

    I’m sorry no, this is a classy bunch that Keyshia need not perform alongside. The way she’s been acting lately is ridiculous. Essence, her stage needs to be that campfire stage real close to the port-o-potties 3 miles away from where the real event is happening.

    • bullheadedtaurus

      Ooooh you ain’t right!!

  • Say What?

    I’m confused is Keyshia there because she’s the opening act, having a seat in the audience or cleaning up afterwords?

    • MLS2698

      You’re so bad. * chuckles *

  • lalatarea

    Wow, those ticket prizes must have sky rocketed lol

  • York

    I hope this quenches Keyshia’s thirst for a day or two.

    • FunnyChick

      Nope! She wont be satisfied until she wins a Grammy, has her song be number 1 on multiple charts for multiple months, and gets flourished with acting roles.