Puff Daddy & The Family, Common, Andra Day added to Essence
NEW ORLEANS - The Essence Festival has added three artists to its summer lineup:, award-winning rapper Common, Puff Daddy & The Family and new artist Andra Day.
Organizers said Wednesday that Puff Daddy & The Family, a mix of past and present Bad Boy Records artists, will perform Sunday, July 3, on the mainstage of the Superdome along with Kendrick Lamar, Ciara and Day.
Common will perform Saturday, July 2, as will first-timers Mariah Carey and Jeremih, Estelle and veteran festival entertainer Charlie Wilson.
The Friday, July 1 opening night belongs to Maxwell, New Edition, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Tyrese, Faith Evans and Avery Wilson.
Nephew Tommy from "The Steve Harvey Morning Show" will return as the Mainstage host.
Single-day tickets went on sale Wednesday, starting at $50 per person, per night.