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(Essence) – The Essence Festival never disappoints with its always A-List selection of artists featured on the Superdome Main Stage each year. From the icons and masters like Maze & Frankie Beverly to Stevie Wonder to Prince to today’s superstars like Beyonce, Usher and Kendrick Lamar – Essence always gets it right with the Main Stage lineup.  The festival’s organizers should also get big props for consistently showcasing the vast musical talents of native New Orleans artists from year to year. So if you haven’t done so already, head on over to Ticketmaster and grab your tickets before it’s too late to make sure you don’t miss this must-see lineup of extraordinary artists whom we know will represent the 504 to the fullest at this year’s Essence Festival:

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Main Stage

tromboneshorty2Trombone Shorty, a guest star on Prince’s 2014 Essence set, returns to the Essence mainstage in 2015 with his band, Orleans Avenue. Part James Brown, part Jimi Hendrix and all New Orleans, the Grammy®-nominated artist began his career as a bandleader at the age of six, was touring internationally by age 12, and joined the horn section for Lenny Kravitz’ worldwide tour at the age of 19. In 2014 he backed Macklemore and Madonna on the 56th Grammy awards, performed the halftime show on the 63rd NBA All-Star Game and recorded “Feel Right” with Mark Ronson and Mystikal for Ronson’s “Uptown Special” album.

Dee 1
Art of Hip-Hop Superlounge

dee1resizeDee-1, a former middle-school teacher, first began making noise on the music scene several years ago. Since releasing his first studio project David & Goliath in 2009, he’s earned international attention and acclaim from his passionate messages and his energetic live performances. Dee-1 signed with RCA Inspiration in 2013 and has continued to gain fans all over the world, as well as respect from his peers, politicians, college professors and teens. A 2014 BET Music Matters artist, Dee-1 has toured with the likes of Macklemore, Lupe Fiasco and Lecrae. Featuring stand out singles, “Against Us” and “I’m Not Perfect,” Dee-1’s 3’S UP EP is currently available everywhere digital music is sold.

Dumpstaphunk
Art of Hip-Hop Superlounge

dumpstaphunk_resizedDumpstaphunk stands out among New Orleans’ best as one of the funkiest bands to ever arise from the Crescent City. Born on the Jazz & Heritage Festival stage, and descended from Neville family bloodlines, these soldiers of funk ignite a deep, gritty groove that dares listeners not to move. Dumpstaphunk tosses around lead vocals and four-part harmonies the way Sly & the Family Stone did, but with three studio albums under their belt, Dumpstaphunk stands on the merit of their own material. For more info visit dumpstaphunk.com

 
 

Mystikal
Art of Hip-Hop Superlounge

mystikal_photo_2_copyThe Billboard chart topping, Grammy nominated, “Prince Of The South” is back! With a career that’s spanned over 20 years and multiple phases, from Big Boy Records, to Jive, to No Limit, and most recently Cash Money, Louisiana’s own Mystikal is still going strong!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tank and The Bangas
Soul of R&B Superlounge

tankandthebangasresizebio2Have you ever been on a rollercoaster that you rode more than once? Still feel the same? Same rush? Well, get ready for that and more with the thrill seeking, innovative, Tank and The Bangas. With a mixture of spoken word, zingy theatrics, and soul rousing music Tank and the Bangas have no problem going against the grain of what traditional New Orleans music is supposed to sound like. The Bangas create the perfect compositions for front lady Tank to take you somewhere. Going from the heart felt sunken words of spoken word to front row at a rock concert you’ll be sure to experience what fans can only describe as “The best rollercoaster I’ve ever been on.”

 

Teedra Moses
Soul of R&B Superlounge

screen_shot_2015-02-03_at_6.08.00_pmAlthough most notably known for her 2004 debut on TVT Records, “Complex Simplicity,” Grammy nominated and two-time BMI ‘Songwriter of the Year’ recipient, Teedra Moses has written songs and/or collaborated with the likes of Mary J. Blige, Macy Gray, Christina Milian, Raheem DeVaughn, Raphael Saadiq, and Walé. She’s also become the recognizable voice on Rick Ross’ records, with whom she’s collaborated extensively.

Spring 2015, Moses will release her highly anticipated Shanachie debut, “Cognac & Conversation,” her first commercially released album in a decade.

 

Tonya Boyd-Cannon
Soul of R&B Superlounge

tonya_boyd_cannon__pic_copyMississippi-born, Louisiana-raised soul artist Tonya Boyd-Cannon began singing like many other daughters of preachers, in church. But unlike them Tonya possesses a fairly rare contralto voice which is almost identical to that of a countertenor. Tonya studied vocal performance in college to develop that gift. Focused on the road ahead, she continues to bring her distinctive voice and style to the stage and challenge the audience with amazing musical arrangements and lyrical content.

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