The Flavor of New Orleans at Essence Fest

By Edwin Buggage

People from all over the globe will be in New Orleans for the Essence Music Festival; they will as always leave fed with the spirit of America’s most interesting and international City.

During this weekend the City that gave the world Jazz and more recently Bounce Music will be on full display during the Essence Fest.

Percy “Master P” Gives Back to New Orleans

The Party with a Purpose will kick off on Thursday July 5th with a day of service and celebrity basketball game at Xavier University Convocation Center, doors open at 4 PM.

For the second year in a row Entertainment Mogul and Philanthropist Percy “Master P” Miller, through his organization Team Hope NOLA returns to his hometown to give back, inspire and uplift.

Team Hope NOLA will partner with Essence to do a beautification project at the Guste Homes located in Central City, which accommodates 2000 elderly residents. Also, Team Hope NOLA will be honoring Mayor LaToya Cantrell for her dedication and commitment to the community.

Kristi “DJ Sugar Cookie” Coleman keeping the Essence Daytime Experience Lit

On deck during the Essence Daytime Experience is Kristi Coleman, who is most known as the morning Traffic Reporter on Fox 8.

But this beautiful New Orleans sista wears another hat, keeping it lit as DJ Sugar Cookie. She is an event DJ and Personality on New Orleans Cumulus Radio Station Hip-Hop and R&B Power 102.9 She will be at the Convention Center during the Essence Daytime Experience every day during the fest.

The Soulful Sounds of Ledisi kicks off Essence Fest

The night events begin on the main stage Friday featuring New Orleans own Ledisi, who’s in her two decades long career is one of the most talented and versatile vocalists of her generation.

Hip-Hop Legend Mia X Returns to Essence

After taking part in the Essence Fest last year as part of Master P that showcased the classic hits of NO Limit Records.

The first lady of New Orleans hip-hop Mia X will join rap legend Doug E. Fresh onstage on July 6th.

Pell: Alt Hip-Hop Star Essence Debut

Pell is a New Orleans native who has become an underground hip-hop sensation building a global audience with his infectious brand of alternative hip-hop. Last year he returned to the City of his birth blazing the stage at Voodoo Fest. He will be appearing at the fest on Friday July 6th.

The music that’s been around for more than two decades is now finding its place among the top stars in the industry sampling the sounds and dances of New Orleans own Bounce Music.

DJ Jubilee: Bounce Music Pioneer take the Essence Stage

Bounce Music has been making people of NOLA, dance, twerk and shake their thing for over two decades.

This exciting genre is finding itself on the stage at the Essence Fest as one of the pioneers of the music DJ Jubilee is guaranteed to get the party started.

Big Freedia: Diva of Bounce, Get Ready for a Twerk-Out

This year will also feature New Orleans own Big Freedia, who will perform two shows in the Super Lounge on the July 8th. Over the past few years Freedia’s name have become synonymous with Bounce Music and is the ambassador for the music across the globe.

Freedia has also a legion won legions of fans including that’s led to collaborations with chart topping artists Beyonce’ and Drake.

Freedia also has a top-rated TV show on the Fuse Network. Essence Fest will witness the high energy of a Freedia Show for the first time. It will be a twerk out to the sounds that while familiar to New Orleanians is now sweeping the nation and the world.

While you are at the Essence Fest Data News says check out some of the local flavor and enjoy your time in New Orleans.

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Glenda Bell Data News Weekly Contributor Brandy Galmon has been a registered nurse for 20 years, specializing in patient advocacy and
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