Usher Bringing 20th Anniversary Performance Of ‘Confessions’ To 2024 ESSENCE Fest

Usher is set to take the stage at the 2024 ESSENCE Festival Of Culture. The R&B singer will perform a special one-night-only concert, highlighting his acclaimed Confessions album. The Atlanta representative joins a star-studded lineup of talent for the 30th anniversary of the annual event.

Taking place in New Orleans from July 4-7, 2024, the evening concert series arrives at the city’s Caesar’s Superdome. The bill is described as “rooted in legacy and evolution, to represent the festival’s journey throughout its rich history to today.”

Musicians ready to take the stage include Janet Jackson, Birdman and Friends, Charlie Wilson, Ari Lennox, T-Pain, TGT, Busta Rhymes, Method Man, and more. Rising R&B star Victoria Monét is also set to perform, despite pulling out of other scheduled appearances due to health complications.


Additionally, the concert series will have multiple hosts, including Keke Palmer, Pretty Vee, Big Tigger, Punkie Johnson, and Kenny Burns, with special DJ sets from Raj Smoove, DJ Clark Kent, and DJ Beverly Bond.

The daytime experience brings attendees to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for events such as the ESSENCE Food & Wine Festival, BEAUTYCON: @ESSENCEFEST Edition, AFROPUNK BLKTOPIA, ESSENCE Film Festival by ESSENCE STUDIOS, ESSENCE Stage, SOKO MRKT by ESSENCE, ESSENCE Authors, ESSENCE GU CREATORS HOUSE, GBEF HQ, and more.

This year, ESSENCE also includes The Suede: Men’s Experience (formerly known as In His Zone). The activation will be centered around the Black man to encourage fun, freedom, and fellowship in a collegial atmosphere, exploring topics such as money, fatherhood, creativity, health, travel, fashion, and sports.

“For three decades, the ESSENCE Festival of Culture™ has blossomed into a pillar of our culture. It spans generations and echoes life stages, growing at the vibrant intersection of art, culture, freedom, and justice. As the festival approaches its 30-year milestone, we are excited to welcome and celebrate with all our closest family and friends around the world—whether it’s your 30th, 11th (like me), 2nd, or even first time. It promises to be an enriching four days of daytime and evening experiences,” explains Hakeem Holmes, Vice President of the ESSENCE Festival of Culture.

New Orleans is our home, my hometown, and we look forward to embracing this community once again. Last year, we proudly generated $316 million for New Orleans and Louisiana, and we look forward to another year of new memories.”

More information, including ticketing details, is available on the official ESSENCE Festival website and