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  • Usher sings, dances well into morning at Essence

    July 4, 2011 9:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Usher helped kick off the Essence Music Festival with an opening night concert that began with him soaring above the Louisiana Superdome crowd on a rising platform as plumes of smoke heralded the beginning of a Friday night set that lasted well into Saturday morning. Thousands... more »
  • Music festival producer arrested on rape charge

    November 5, 2010 9:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A man who produces two of New Orleans' largest music festivals was arrested Friday on a rape charge, but his lawyer says he has been falsely accused. Stephen Rehage, founder and producer of Voodoo Fest and producer of the Essence Music Festival, was freed on $10,000... more »
  • Essence Fest Helps Sustain New Orleans Amid Spill

    July 2, 2010 5:50 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - For all the talk of the BP oil spill scaring tourists away from Louisiana and the beaches of Mississippi, Alabama and western Florida, one city in the region has stayed full of visitors since the crisis began. New Orleans has seen steady convention traffic and a... more »
  • Janet Jackson Added To Essence Music Festival.

    March 30, 2010 11:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Actor, singer and songwriter Janet Jackson will perform at this summer's Essence Music Festival. The festival announced Jackson's addition to the lineup that already includes Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys on Tuesday. The appearance will be Jackson's first full performance since her 2008 concert at... more »

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