Where New Orleans - - WHERE CAL­EN­DAR JUNE -

JUNE 29-JULY 2: Essence Fes­ti­val

The an­nual “party with a pur­pose” pulls into town early this year, bring­ing with it four jam­packed days of sem­i­nars, con­certs, pre-par­ties and af­ter­par­ties. Dur­ing the day the place to be is the Mo­rial Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, where speak­ers, from con­gress­woman Max­ine Wa­ters to singer Cissy Houston, take part in free dis­cus­sions, rang­ing from pol­i­tics to beauty. At night it’s all about the mu­sic at the Mer­cedes-Benz Su­per­dome. Fri­day brings Diana Ross and John Leg­end, Satur­day is the fest’s firstever ladies night (Mary J. Blige, Chaka Kahn, Jill Scott) and Sun­day spot­lights lo­cal stand­outs such as Solange, Mys­tikal and Troy “Trom­bone Shorty” An­drews. Party on!

Diana Ross

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