2014 Essence Festival
The 20th Anniversary of the Festival will be the biggest year ever with concerts each night in the Superdome, the FREE ESSENCE(R) Empowerment Experience and other fun activities at the Convention Center and a weekend filled with official events each day throughout New Orleans.
*Start times to be announced, please check event website for updated details.
Born June 8th, 1958, rock star Prince came into this world as Prince Roger Nelson; he was named for the Prince Roger Trio, a musical aggregation for which his father played. In light of his carefully cultivated public image — the arrogant aloofness, the covey of bodyguards, the overemphasized androgyny — it is sometimes easy to forget that Prince is uncommonly talented; in addition to his singing and composing skills, he is proficient at two dozen musical instruments....
Childhood home was actually on the Tuskegee University campus. Grandfather had worked with the college's founder, Booker T. Washington. Hoped at one point to become an Episcopal minister....
Nile Rodgers' contribution to popular music has been extremely significant, whether it be penning some of the most influential and popular songs of the disco era with Chic, or producing countless hits for a wide variety of other artists....
Punk rock revolutionized music in Great Britain during the second half of the 1970s, but the movement had exploded, imploded, and been seriously diluted by the start of the 1980s, so that former punks could be found playing in bands as fresh-faced as new romantics Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet, and as crusty as the New Wave of British Heavy Metal acts Iron Maiden, Tygers of Pan Tang, and Tank....
Dropped out of high school in the 11th grade, but eventually earned her GED. Her demo tape was a karaoke-type recording of Anita Baker's "Caught Up in the Rapture" that she made at a mall when she was 17....
Former Gap Band leader pursued a solo career in the 2000s. ~ Rovi
Philadelphia-based ensemble who elevated hip-hop with their use of live instrumentation. ~ Rovi
She grew up listening to '70s soul and '80s hip-hop, but Erykah Badu drew more comparisons to Billie Holiday upon her breakout in 1997, after the release of her first album, Baduizm. The grooves and production on the album are bass-heavy R&B, but Badu's languorous, occasionally tortured vocals and delicate phrasing immediately removed her from the legion of cookie-cutter female R&B singers....
A writer who evolved into a triumphant R&B performer and then a stage and film actress, Jill Scott grew up in Philadelphia and wrote lyrical, evocative poetry — poetry that prompted her discovery by Amir, drummer of the R&B band the Roots....
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