Lionel Richie, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Ryan Leslie, Melanie Fiona, Charlie Wilson and Little Freddie King have been added to the line up of...

Lionel Richie, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Ryan Leslie, Melanie Fiona, Charlie Wilson and Little Freddie King have been added to the line up of the Essence Music Festival July 3-5 at the Superdome in New Orleans, LA.

Beyoncé, Al Green, John Legend, Robin Thicke, Salt-N-Pepa, Ne-Yo, Raphael Saadiq, and Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars are among the other artists previously announced. In all, more than 30 acts will perform.

General admission daily tickets are $51, $67 and $79; floor seats are $92 and $121; Gold Circle tickets are $173; all plus applicable service charges.


This year, the weekend-long 15th anniversary celebration of music and empowerment will conclude with a special Essence Icons Tribute to Frankie Beverly and Maze, who have closed the annual New Orleans festival since its 1995 inception. This one-night only event will feature a gathering of R&B and soul musicians, who will come together to honor the legacy of Frankie Beverly and Maze. A full list of talent for this special performance will be announced in the coming weeks.

“From Lionel Richie to Charlie Wilson and Ryan Leslie, we have worked hard to create a musical line-up that’s appealing to all of our fans,” said Michelle Ebanks, president, Essence Communications Inc., in a statement. “As the Essence Music Festival line-up has come together, we are thrilled to once again confirm Frankie Beverly and Maze as the act to close out our 15th anniversary celebration. We’re looking forward to another great weekend of music and empowerment.”