Being the live music baby that I am, I was heartbroken to not be able to make it to this year’s Essence Music Festival. Did you go? If you did, I’m jealous!
From everything I’ve read so far, the event was spectacular and the lineup was SICK — Kanye, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Jill Scott, Ledisi, the reunion of LaBelle, Chrisette Michele, Chris Rock — who I just saw perform live for the first time last Tuesday night. He KILLED it! I’m sure he had the festival in stitches.
You best believe I’ve been getting my at home YouTube party on — I won’t let distance keep me from having a good time! Looks like Mary tore it down, Rhianna’s Umbrella was a big singalong, and OMG Patti LaBelle and Ledesi sang If Only You Knew. I would have been in TEARS if I were there. Oh, that’s just too beautiful for words. And what a moment for Ledisi! I’ve been sleeping on this talented bella for way too long now, and to see her take the stage next to a living legend and hold her own (and then some) is truly remarkable. Thanks and big props to Jawn Murray, AKA Hollywood Jawn for posting so many amazing performances. I could feel the magic coming right on through the computer!
Jawn captured the highlight of the festival, LaBelle’s reunion, as well as Chris Brown singing my favorite song of his, and also his cover of Rock With You that I’m sure the audience was loving. There’s video footage of the fun at Essence’s YouTube page, Black Gives Back has a great recap, and my homies from Concrete Loop posted a gang of photos. (I see you, Angel! I gotta go next year).
Frankie Beverly and Maze closed down the show on Sunday night, and I’m sure they performed my favorite song — Can’t Get Over You. Here it is, to ease you into Tuesday.
Did you make it out to the festival this year, bellas and fellas? Tell me all about it!