Concerts and shows to check out July 4th weekend in New Orleans 2017
Grace Askew

You've got a cookout planned, a great spot for fireworks, and you're relaxing in the summer heat. What's left? Live music. Few things are more fun than a concert, especially to celebrate a holiday in the middle of summer, when the concert season is at its peak. And New Orleans has a lot of concerts for you to check out over July 4th weekend, from festivals to local favorites, so find one you can't miss and get your tickets before they sell out!

ESSENCE Fest
June 29 through July 2
Mercedes-Benz Superdome - 1500 Sugar Bowl Dr., New Orleans, LA 70112

New Orleans will once again host ESSENCE Fest, which celebrates contemporary African American music and culture, from July 29 until July 2. This year's musical lineup includes Diana RossMary J. BligeChance the RapperSolangeJohn LegendChaka KhanJill ScottShaggyIndia.ArieErykah Badu, Gallant, Doug E. Fresh, PJ Morton, and more. The event also includes speakers such as Reverend Al Sharpton, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ava DuVernay, and more Tickets are on sale now, including VIP and weekend packages.

Festival Weekend Takeover
June 29 through July 3
The Metropolitan - 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70122

Enjoy a weekend packed full of events and entertainment with the annual Festival Weekend Takeover. Tickets are on sale now, with plenty of packages available to suit your needs and help you create the perfect weekend.

Mystikal
June 30 @ 10 p.m.
House of Blues New Orleans -  225 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70130

You can always count on the House of Blues for a good show, so head over and check out Mystikal to get the weekend started on Friday, June 30. Tickets are $35.

Grace Askew
July 2 @ 8 p.m.
The Den at Howlin' Wolf - 907 South Peters, New Orleans, LA 

Spend an evening with former The Voice contestant Grace Askew with a show at The Wolf Den. And with tickets costing just $5, it's an affordable night out.

Rick Ross
July 3 @ 8 p.m.
Saenger Theatre - 1111 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70116

For a night of R&B, check out Rick Ross at Saenger Theatre on Monday, July 3, to kick off a new week just before Independence Day. Tickets are on sale now and range from $55 to $150.