Lianna La Havas has been added as a special guest performer for PRINCE's night of the ESSENCE Festival taking place on July 4th, 2014. Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers were announced as special guests previously.
Other than that, ESSENCE organizers say it is still a mystery as to what Prince will do at the festival.
https://t.co/A5ACCUJf72 UR NEW SCREENSAVER AND PRINCE'S NEW SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST APPEARING WITH HIM AT ESSENCE FESTIVAL: COME!!!
— 3RDEYEGIRL (@3RDEYEGIRL) June 16, 2014
In a new article Michelle Ebanks had this to say about what Prince will do;
"I think we'll have to see that night," Essence Communications president Michelle Ebanks, the executive who oversees the festival, said recently. "Prince is working through exactly how he's pulling (the night's roster) together. I don't want to say it's going to be one way, and then they make adjustments. They're still working out how the evening will unfold."
Essence thinks it is very likely that Janelle will do her own set on that stage that night.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Do we ever really know what Prince is up to? Don't U like surprises??
Maya Rudolph is getting her own variety special on NBC and it will feature Raphael Saaddiq as the band leader and the first musical guest will be none other than Janelle Monae!
"The Maya Rudolph Show" will air May 19th at 10 P.M. and feature several of her former SNL cohorts like Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, and Andy Samberg. The show will also feature Sean Hayes, Kristen Bell, and Craig Robinson.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Always good to see Janelle in the light. Even better when it is with Maya.
Special to DrFunkenberry.com
Written by Eric Greene.
Somebody call Neil deGrasse Tyson, Janelle Monae just set off the second Big Bang! The Electric Lady lit up the stage last week in a breath-taking concert for a few hundred thrilled fans at the I Heart Radio Theatre in Burbank (the former Tonight Show set). Monae opened with a premiere of "What is Love" from the upcoming RIO 2 soundtrack before leading her nine-piece band on a voyage through crowd-pleasers including "Cold War," "Dance Apocalyptic" "Primetime" and "Q.U.E.E.N."
Indeed, with her combination of indefatigable showmanship, musical versatility, playful inventiveness and commitment to craft in musicianship, design, dancing and more, Monae is by far the most exciting performer to break out since Prince himself. Part James Brown, part Stevie Wonder, part Erykah Badu and ALL Janelle Monae, the exhilarating scope of her artistic ambition defies simplistic categorization. How many artists simultaneously invoke seminal Buddhist texts and Dorothy Dandridge; gnostic Science Fiction and Neo-soul; Hip-Hop and Torch Songs? Monae does it all with a combination of skill, hard work, charisma and that all-too-rare quality in our narcissism-gone-wild culture: humility.
ICYMI: Trombone Shorty, Janelle Monae, & Gary Clark Jr. Funk Up The NBA All-Star Game Half-Time Show!
Trombone Shorty made sure to bring that New Orleans FUNK to the NBA All-Star Game Half-Time Show with Janelle Monae, Gary Clark Jr., Doctor John, and Earth, Wind, & Fire. It was a great performance!
It was an all-star line-up fitting for the NBA All-Star Game!
We LOVE the exposure Gary Clark Jr. is getting and it is always great to see Janelle Monae on our TV screen! The "Electric Lady" took advantage of the time given for sure jamming with EWF!-DocFB
Diagnosis: Thanks to Verdine White for wearing a jacket to cover up the tightest pants in the business! #nomalecameltoe
Janelle Monae is getting her own VH1 Prime-Time special for the Super Bowl and it airs tonight at 11 P.M. Eastern Time on VH1!
This show has no re-airings listed at the moment so it would be a smart bet to set your DVR's!-DocFB
Diagnosis: Mad Love 2 VH1 4 Getting it Right....
PRINCE along with the NEW POWER GENERATION, 3RDEYEGIRL, and JANELLE MONAE closed out a 3 night affair at the Mohegan Sun Arena with quite a bit of flair.
The purple icon took the stage with Janelle earlier in the night to perform their duet "Givin' Em What They Love" and he was rolled out on a dolly!
PRINCE Mohegan Night 2 W/Special Guest Janelle Monae! Reviews & Set Lists! AfterParty For Night 3 On Sale Now!
Janelle Monae funked it up hard tonight at the Mohegan Sun when she joined PRINCE on stage during "Days Of Wild" and she then proceeded to perform QUEEN with 3RDEYEGIRL and The NEW POWER GENERATION backing her up!
For the second night, it WAS a different set list from the first night, switching between 3RDEYEGIRL and The NPG instead of the first night when it was always both bands combined.
Also, an OFFICIAL After Party is in effect after the main concert by Janelle and Prince tomorrow night, Sunday December 29th starting at 1 A.M. December 30th. Tickets to the after party are on sale now HERE.