More Music Fest Dates for Next Year! Essence 2012 and New Orleans Jazz Festival 2012

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Photo Credit: Douglas Mason/New Orleans Jazz Festival

Yes, we’ve been busy updating our 2012 music festival guide.

First up: Essence Music Festival, arguably the largest R&B festival in the world, will be playing in New Orleans July 6-9, 2012. This is a departure from their typical 4th of July weekend, although that may have to do with the fact that the 4th is on a Wednesday this year. It hasn’t been officially announced yet on the site, but pre-sale tickets are reflecting the above dates. We’ll let you know if it changes.

Speaking of New Orleans, the city’s massive Jazz Festival returns May 27th to June 6, 2012. Last year the lineup included Kid Rock, Arcade Fire, Bon Jovi, and Jimmy Buffet, so be prepared for a varied lineup.

Born during a backstage Bonnaroo downpour, Vito's mission in life is to dance, write, and travel to all the great festivals that this wide world has to offer.