Diana Ross brings her star power to the Essence Festival | Features – Alaska News

Diana Ross brings her star power to the Essence Festival | Features – Alaska News

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A little bit of Motown nostalgia will fill the Superdome when “The Boss” herself performs for the first time at the annual Essence Festival in New Orleans.

Diana Ross headlines Friday’s opening night of concerts inside the Superdome. The event runs through Sunday.

Music fans are gearing up for the 73-year-old singer’s first performance at the festival, eager to hear her hits with The Supremes like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” ”Where Did Our Love Go” and “Stop! In the Name of Love,” as well as some of her solo hits like “Upside Down” and “I’m Coming Out.”

Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications Inc., said they were thrilled when Ross committed to this year’s festival.

“For years, we’ve reached out to her, asking her to perform. And this year, finally, she said, ‘Yes.’ Persistence pays off,” Ebanks said, laughing. “She’s legendary and is a performer who’s etched in our minds and throughout the human experience. She’s a personification of what it means to love music and appreciate great artistry.”

Ross is closing the first night on the main stage, which will also see performances by Ross’ oldest daughter, Rhonda Ross; Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner John Legend; Grammy-winning soul singer India.Arie; Afrika Mamas and Junior. Others scheduled to perform in the super lounges — event spaces created in the cavernous hallways inside the Superdome — include MC Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, Kelly Price, Emily Estefan, Yuna, Ro James and New Orleans’ own PJ Morton.

Ross, in previous interviews, has said…

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