Essence Festival is not just four nights of music at the Superdome. It also includes Family Reunion Day on July 4, and daily Empowerment Experience Panels July 4-7 at the Convention Center, the last of which is day-long tribute to gospel icons Tramaine Hawkins and Donnie McClurkin. While Superdome tickets cost plenty, these other events are free and require no registration.
"Tiny Desk Concert" videos, in which artists perform live during lunch hour at the NPR Music office in Washington DC, are plain awesome, and not just because they fulfill a fantasy of office-bound music lovers everywhere.
Donald Harrison is featured in a special Friday version of Thursday Night Swingin', a concert series from WWOZ and Prime Example that allows patrons to enjoy legends of modern New Orleans jazz in an intimate, neighborhood lounge setting.
On the evening of July 4, the Krewe of Kolossos Boat Parade floats on Bayou St. John. This year's themes will be patriotic and feature a parade of the iconic characters of American History. At 5pm the king and queen will by crowned: all hail L.J. and Mardi Claw!