Last year, Music and Other Drugs got the opportunity to cover the legendary Essence Festival. Essence Fest is a festival like none other. People of color from all over the world gather for a weekend filled with love, soul, and music. This year’s Essence Festival is taking place July 5-8th and is being headlined by Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and Snoop Dogg. In addition to the headlining acts, H.E.R., Teddy RIley’s New Jack Swing Experience featuring Wreckx-N-Effect, Blackstreet, Guy, and more will also be performing during the weekend. Xscape is returning to perform for a second year in a row. Last year, Xscape performed to a packed crowed in the Super Lounge. This year, they are sure to be on the main stage. Essence Festival takes place in New Orléans Mercedes Benz Superdome. Tickets are now on sale for the 3-day festival. Grab your tickets here. This is a weekend you do not want to miss.