For New Orleans native Dianne Jones and longtime attendee, the ESSENCE Festival is as
For New Orleans native Dianne Jones and longtime attendee, the ESSENCE Festival is as much a part of the city's identity as Mardi Gras. This cultural meshing is exactly what drew Maryland resident Kimberly Haines to her second festival. Despite looking forward to this year's performances, Kimberly's very first festival will always hold a special place in her heart.
Kimberly: I came to the very first one and I'll never forget it because Frankie Beverly and Maze were staying at our hotel. We were so excited! I mean, we grew up on their music. Essence Festival is just a big melting pot of entertainment, music, good food, good people and southern hospitality. I mean, how could you not come to Essence Fest?