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The Hottest Festivals and Concerts “For the Culture” in 2018

The Hottest Festivals and Concerts “For the Culture” in 2018

Beyonce performing at this year Coachella
Beyonce performing at this year’s Coachella, Photo: Beyoncé on Instagram

Coachella has been the main topic people have been talking about for the past couple days, since Beyonce shut it down last Saturday night/Sunday morning.

Queen Bey brought black excellence to the festival, and made everyone want to enroll her in her HBeyCU. From the all black marching band, all black majorettes and fraternity, the reunion with Destiny’s Child, bringing out her husband, Jay Z, and sister, Solange for a dance session; there was so many memorable moments.

Beyonce performing at this year Coachella(Instagram)
Beyonce performing at this year Coachella (Beyoncé’s Instagram)

And if you were like me, watching this amazing show from home, wishing you could have been there to experience this greatest, don’t worry, you can still have an exciting musical experience this year too. There are plenty of other festivals, and concerts coming up across the country, you’ll have the chance to attend.          


  1. Mother’s Day Good Music Fest

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Date: May 12

Line up: Boyz II Men, Joe, Charlie Wilson, and Kem

Info: This is an old school R&B lover festival, which is geared towards a 21 and up audience. Past performers includes Brandy, Tyrese, Anthony Hamilton, Tank, and Keyshia Cole.


2. Jacksonville Funk Fest

Location: Jacksonville, FL

Date: May 11 & May 12

Lineup: Xscape, Anthony Hamilton, Brandy, Tank, Raheem, Devaughn, Carl Thomas, Adina Howard, and more.

Info: This Florida festival is full of funky music and R&B, with a mixture of old school and new R&B. The Funk Fest actually travels to different cities and states such as, Orlando, Charlotte(NC), Kansas City,(Kansas), and Birmingham(AL). Past performers include Fantasia, Bell Biv Devoe, Charlie Wilson, SWV, and Keith Sweat.


3. Rolling Loud Festival  

Rolling Loud Festival stage
A pic of the Rolling Loud stage

Location: Miami, FL

Date: May 11- May 13         

Line up: J. Cole, Future, Migos, Rick Ross, Cardi B, Gucci Mane, 21 Savage, Lil Wayne, and more.

Info: This festival is for the people who want to drink or smoke, hear some good hip hop music, and turn up. Past performers include Kendrick Lamar,Future, ASAP Rocky, Tyler The Creator, and Lil Yatchy.


4. The Governor’s Ball Music Festival 2018

Location: New York, NY

Date: June 1- June 3

Line Up: 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, GoldLink, 6LACK

Info: The festival takes place in the heart of NY. This festival is for all ages, and lover of all genres. There’s hip hop, rock, pop, R&B, and alternative artists. Past performers include Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Janelle Monoe, and Drake.


5. Lollapalooza

Location: Chicago, IL

Date:Aug 2- August 2- August 5

Line Up: The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Khalid, A Boogie wit Da Hoodie, and Logic.

Info: Lollapalooza has a few different festivals in the world, in countries like Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and of course in the United States. Past performers include Chance The Rapper, Outkast, Eminem, Jhene Aiko, Future, Kid Cudi, and FKA Twigs. There’s a variety of different artist from all genres.


6. Roots Picnic

Location: Philadelphia, PA        

A pic of Solange performing at last year's Roots Picnic
A pic of Solange performing at last year’s Roots Picnic

Date: June 6

Line up: The Roots, Dave Chappelle, Lil Uzi Vert, The Diplomats, Brandy, DVSN, 6LACK, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Rich The Kid, and Rapsody

Info: The festival was created by the legendary, hip hop group, The Roots in their hometown, Philly. This is festival is for the hip hop and R&B lover. Past performers include Kehlani, Pharrell, Solange, 21 Savage, Usher, and DMX.


7 .Summer Jam

Location: East Rutherford, NJ

Date: June

Line up: Kendrick Lamar, Remy Ma, Tory Lanez, Lil Wayne, A$AP Ferg, and Swizz Beats & friends, and more.

Info: This iconic fest is hosted by New York’s radio station, Hot 97. Summer Jam past shows have been some of the memorable moments in hip hop, like when Jay Z brought out Michael Jackson in 2001, and when Eminem smashed his Source Award on stage, when he was beefing with the magazine in 2003. Past performers include Biggie, Busta Rhymes, Kanye West, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, and Nas.



8 .Essence Fest

Location: New Orleans, LA       

Prince at the 2014 Essence Fest
Prince performing at the 2014 Essence Fest

Date: July 5-8

Line Up: Janet Jackson, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Miguel, Fantasia, 112, Xscape, and more.

Info: Essence Fest is known for their display of black excellence. Not only do they have great hip hop, R&B, and soul music concerts, but they also have different conferences that includes some of the biggest actors and entertainers from your favorite shows and movies. Past performers include Diana Ross, Beyonce, Prince, Chance The Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, and Solange.


9. Afropunk Festival

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Date: August 25 & 26

Line up: Erykah Badu, Miguel, Tyler The Creator, Janelle Monae, Jaden Smith, H.E.R, Daniel Caesar, and more

Info: This festival is known for not only their great music range of funk, R&B, and hip hop, but also for the various booth stations on activism and humanitarianism. Past performs include Lauryn Hill, SZA, Kelis, Lenny Kravitz, Solange, and D’Angelo.


10. Made in America

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Date: September 1- September 2

Line up: To be announced

Info: Made in America was founded by rapper, Jay Z, a few years ago. It’s a festival for all genre lovers. Past performers include, Jay Z himself, Beyonce, J. Cole, Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, and Rihanna.




1 .On The Run 2 Tour  

Beyonce and Jay Z performing on stage on their, On The Run Tour
Beyonce and Jay Z perform during the On The Run tour at AT & T Stadium on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Rob Hoffman/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

Locations: New Jersey, Philadelphia, California, Ohio, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and many more.

Dates: June 6- October 4

Artist: Jay Z and Beyonce


2 .Chris Brown Presents: Heartbreak on a Full Moon Tour

Locations: Washington, Arizona, New Jersey, California, and many more

Dates: June 19- August 4

Artist: Chris Brown


3. The Championship Tour (TDE)

Locations: Texas, New York, California, New Jersey

Dates: May 4- June 17th

Artists: Kendrick Lamar, SZA, and Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, SiR, and Lance Skiiiwalker.


4. Lauryn Hill 

Lauryn Hill performing at a Tidal event, back in October
Lauryn Hill performing at a Tidal event, back in October

Locations: New York, Philadelphia, Virginia, and more

Massachusetts, California, and more.

Dates: July 4- August 8


5. Jill Scott

Locations: Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, and North Carolina.   

Dates: June 21- July 12


6. Big Sean: Unfriendly Reminder

Location: Texas, Arizona, Tennessee, Washington D.C, Ohio, and more

Date: April 18- July 6

Artists: Big Sean and Playboi Carti


7. Dru Hill    

Dru Hill performing on stage at a concert
Dru Hill performing on stage at a concert

Location: Georgia, Florida, New York, California, Nevada, and Mississippi

Date: April 21- June 24


8 .Childish Gambino with Rae Sremmurd

Location:Georgia, Texas, Massachusetts, California, and many more

Date: September 6-30

Artists: Childish Gambino and Rae Sremmurd


9.  Ja Rule & Ashanti                                   

Ashanti and Ja Rule performing on stage
Ashanti and Ja Rule performing on stage (Photo by: Elizabeth Brooks)

Location: Maine, Colorado, California, Florida, and Missouri   

Dates: April 20-  July 15

Artists: Ja Rule and Ashanti


10. 90’s Block Party

Location: Texas, North Carolina, Louisiana, Arizona, California, and Georgia

Date: April 20th- July 7th

Artists: (Various) 112, Jagged Edge, Guy, Ginuwine, Teddy Riley, Keith Sweat, Next, and Dru Hill



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