This picture was taken on the way heading to New Orleans, LA from Tampa, FL. I started planning the trip around May or June 2011. I was so excited I had a list of restaurants I wanted to try, I called Spa Atlantis scheduled a massage and a facial. I had a vision of what the festival would look like. What the people would be like. When I arrived it was everything plus more. Oh and the food, the oysters on the shell grilled with butter and cheese at Drago’s, fried shrimp, fried fish, gumbo, plus more! I also loved the music – Kem,George Clinton, Kayne West, Jill Scott, Mary J Blidge, Chakka Khan, the Brass band, New Edition. The beautiful people I saw license plates from Texas, Tennessee, California, I mean good looking people. Not to mention all the celebrities sitting in floor seats. I spotted Sindad and Pattie LaBelle. The view was amazing I sat in the rear floor. I had a blast dancing wildly, just letting loose, shaking my rear. I would attend every year if I could, and I would recommend this event to music lovers and party goers. Essence Music Festival is my all time summer favorite vacation/ concert.