Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The BOSS is coming to the BAYOU!

ESSENCE has announced today that legendary music and film icon Diana Ross is coming to the 2017 ESSENCE Festival for the very first time!  The Queen of Motown will headline the main stage along with “My Path to Strength” – a curated evening of performances by Mary J. Blige that will include Chaka Khan, Jazmine Sullivan and Erykah Badu.

Also gracing the stage is Atlanta’s Queen of Soul music India.Arie,  fashion icon and singer Solange, Grammy winning crooner John Legend and Nawlins native sons Master P. and Trombone Shorty.

Other performers include Sir The Baptist, Kelly Rowland’s girl group June’s Diary, Doug E. Fresh, The Jones Girls, Lalah Hathaway, Ro James, Teyana Taylor, Total, Tweet and more yet to be announced.

“This year’s Festival lineup puts women at the forefront of an incredible weekend of entertainment featuring more than 40 of the world’s most gifted artists and performers,” ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks says. “It is an honor to welcome the inimitable Diana Ross to the Festival for the first time. Plus, Festival veteran Mary J. Blige is back to share ‘Strength of a Woman’ with her most passionate fans.”

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 16. Click here to purchase.

The ESSENCE Festival is June 29-July 2 in New Orleans, LA!

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