Next up for the Crescent City is Mardi Gras and plans are under way to host the big Carnival. New Orleans Radio is on fire! Not to mention the 2013 Essence Festival returns to New Orleans July 4th-7th at the Superdome. Among the performers this year are Brandy, Jill Scott, Keyshia Cole, Maxwell and others. The 19th annual celebration of black music and culture will also include New Edition, LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane and Charlie Wilson. Smaller stages will feature Anthony David, Bridget Kelly, Les Nubians, Mint Condition, and Blackstreet.