Festivalgoers can dance and sing along with leading names in entertainment—rhythm and blues, classic soul, hip-hop, neo-soul and jazz—all on five stages within the Louisiana Superdome.
The 2012 Essence Music Festival night-by-night line-up is as follows:
Friday, 6 July: Charlie Wilson, D'Angelo, Trey Songz, Keyshia Cole, The Pointer Sisters, Marsha Ambrosious, Q. Parker & Super Jay, Khris Royal, Kindred The Family Soul, Vivian Green, Stephanie Mills, Gary Clark Jr., Rebirth Brass Band, SWV, Goapele
Saturday, 7 July: Mary J. Blige, Kevin Hart, Ledisi, Tank, Eric Roberson, Teedra Moses, The Stylistics, Robert Glasper, Dru Hill, The Original Pinettes Brass Band, Stephanie Mills, Big Sam's Funky Nation
Sunday, 8 July: Aretha Franklin, Fantasia, Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Melanie Fiona, Carl Thomas, Alex Boyd, Eve, The Stooges Brass Band, Estelle, Luke James, Raheem DeVaughn, Bridget Kelly
Essence Music Festival Website