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Chrisette Michele, BBD Highlight Road to Essence on Saturday

By May 27, 2014February 2nd, 2021No Comments

The Road to Essence Festival is coming to Northwest Arkansas this weekend, visiting Bentonville for the second year in a row.

Artists Chrisette Michele, Chante Moore, BBD (Bell Biv DeVoe) and celebrity host MC Lyte will be performing at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31 at Tiger Stadium, the Bentonville High School football field.

The event is open to the public and free of charge. The doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Chrisette Michele is a Grammy Award-winning R&B and soul singer-songwriter. She won a Grammy Award for best urban/alternative performance in 2009 for her song “Be OK.”

Chante Moore is an R&B and jazz singer and is also featured on the reality show, R&B Divas: Los Angeles.

Bell Biv DeVoe is the R&B/hip hop musical group that branched off from New Edition. It consists of three members of New Edition: Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe. BBD’s premiere album “Poison,” blending rhythm, blues, pop, and rock, achieved triple platinum success. 

MC Lyte is a rapper who first gained fame in the 1980s, becoming the first solo female rapper to release a full album with 1988’s critically acclaimed “Lyte as a Rock.” 

The Road to Essence is a way for artists to perform in communities on the way to the final destination – the 2014 Essence Festival on July 3-6 in New Orleans.

Over the past 20 years, the Essence Festival, held in New Orleans, has grown to become the largest event to celebrate African-American culture and music in the United States.

Special thanks to our major investors for their support of the Northwest Arkansas Council and our work in the region: