Prince is headlining, for starters. Of course only an all-star lineup to match Prince’s genius would suffice. Charlie Wilson, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Lionel Richie, Ledisi and Mary J. Blige will take the main stage of 2014 ESSENCE Festival. Those are just the headliners. On the "superlounge" stages 112, Amel Larrieux, Doug E. Fresh, Elle Varner, Eve, KING, Leela James, Liv Warfield, Marsha Ambrosius, Naughty By Nature, Raheem Devaughn, Robert Glasper, Sebastian Mikael, Sevyn Streeter and Stephanie Mills will perform. The same stage will also host hometown acts like R&B singer PJ Morton whose father is gospel singer Bishop Paul S. Morton. ESSENCE’s annual music festival will take place July 3-6 with tons of music, panels and parties. More performers are expected to be announced.
Sidebar: This is going to be the place to be in July.