Essence Festival 2015 Music Coverage featuring Mary J.Blige + Usher + Kendrick Lamar Thursday 16 July, 2015

Ok as you all know I recently went to New Orleans to my first Essence Music Festival with The Travel Divas. I had a lot of fun with the agency but the Essence Fest isnt a fest without the music! I got an opportunity to cover the concerts on all three nights! Now FYI, it was my first time and things did get a little hetic with my credentials and scheduling. Although I got a lot of great coverage, I couldn’t get everything I wanted based on circumstances…its ok it was my first year and trials and errors. I still got good stuff…so lets get to it!


Every Night the Essence Festival concerts are held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome

So this is where the magic happens at the Lousiana Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Yes Saints games are held here…but for all of the nights major concerts were going on. Every night there was a different headliner and great artists who lined up the evening. Everynight was a literal party. Before each concert and during, I was able to be in the exclusive Essece Fest media press room to do a meet + greet with well-known & up and coming artist! Check out some of them below:


Grammy Award winning singer Esparanza Spalding


Singer Teedra Moses


Neo-soul singing duo Floetry reuniting!


Upcoming songtress Andra Day


Musical composer Robert Glasper


All this energy every night!

I found out exactly why the Essence Music Fesitval is so popular each year. AMAZING CONCERTS + ENERGY! So the concerts every night was serious! I got to cover 3 nights of it from Old School + New School +  and Everything In Between; Charlie Wilson, Frankie Beverly + Maze, India Arie, Floetry, Missy Elliott, Erykah Badu, Common, Usher Raymond, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar and more! I got a chance to be up close for Usher, Mary J.Blige + Kendrick Lamar. Front row! That was amazing in itself! Check out the photos and video below!

USHER RAYMOND usher-essence-fest-2015

I grew up with Usher and surprisingly I never been to a concert of his before. I thouroughly enjoyed this…I knew every word of each of his songs! Plus his fashion for the concert made a statement since his show was during thr 4th of July.








special apperance by Method Man to sing “Your All I Need”

Some video footage of the Mary J.Blige concert!




There are way more photos and video on my Instagram here. Check out the Travel Divas hashtag too as I did cover for them as well as on my on platform #TDEssenceFest for more of the entertainment. I tell you social media is the best way to engage with a concert now! I love it!

More from my Essence Fest experience coming up on the next post as I interviewed singer Ledisi.


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Kiwi is the free spirited blogger and content creator of As a digital influencer, she produces creative inspiration around beauty, lifestyle, media and travel leisure. Her life mantra is to make manifesting fun! When she’s not blogging, she is eating trendy hipster food, carrying crystals, making it rain at her local farmer's market and binge brunching. Follow her on her blog and social media at + @kiwithebeauty

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