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ESSENCE Music Festival®, QuintEvents Finalize Travel/Experience Packages For Blockbuster July Happening Featuring Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Steve Harvey And More



NEW ORLEANS, April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The ESSENCE Music Festival®, presented by Coca-Cola®, and QuintEvents will bring fans closer than ever to the energy of the event this summer with a total of 11 travel/hotel/ticket packages providing a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  The famed African American music and culture happening, celebrating its 18th year, is set for July 6-8 in New Orleans.

Packages ranging in price from $699 to $5,349 are detailed at and feature on-site parties, insider access, large group seating and convenient ground transportation to all events. The concert performances, featuring Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Charlie Wilson, Fantasia and more, will take place at the Louisiana Superdome July 6-8.  The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center will host trade shows and the ESSENCE® Empowerment Experience, featuring Rev. Al Sharpton, Congressman Maxine Waters, Vanessa Williams, Fred Hammond and Steve Harvey among more than 25 speakers and panelists. was created to provide fans with a peek into the unique experience at the 2012 event with tickets and amenities available only from ESSENCE, which owns and operates the world-renowned event.  The program provides fans with the opportunity to buy directly from the official source, eliminating the uncertainties of purchasing on the broker and secondary market.  QuintEvents provides similar services to the National Football League, the National Basketball Assoc. and the Kentucky Derby. 

ESSENCE VIP Events is also designed to bring festival-goers into New Orleans earlier in the week, thereby increasing the event's economic impact on greater New Orleans.

The top-tier package ($5,349) includes four days and three nights at the Westin or the Ritz-Carlton hotels and floor seating in the first 10 rows for all the concert performances.  In-stadium parties with complementary food and beverage plus ground transportation and other VIP benefits are part of the arrangement.  Insider, credentialed access to ESSENCE ® Empowerment Experience and trade shows at the convention center activities is also included.

Packages are customizable to include just Friday and Saturday or just Saturday and Sunday with or without hotel and all purchases are guaranteed by ESSENCE®.  Accommodations are also available at other New Orleans hotels located just a few blocks from the Louisiana Superdome and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, including the Westin New Orleans, The InterContinental, Hilton – Riverside and Springhill Suites.

CONTACT: Steve Griffith, Vizion Group Public Relations, 484/433‐7757,


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