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Mary, Janet, & Alicia Keys and Essence Festival

April 24, 2010
Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of ESSENCE at the 2010 ESSENCE Music Festival, July 2-4 in New Orleans

Dates: July 2 - 4, 2010

It will be the ultimate July 4 weekend of entertainment, empowerment, culture and community that you don’t want to miss! Mary J. Blige has already been confirmed as the first headliner and official spokesperson!Not only will the Queen of Hip-Hop soul and nine-time Grammy winner serve as one of the ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL’s headliners, this year she will also take on the role as the festival’s official spokesperson in the months leading up to the annual weekend of entertainment and empowerment.  The rest of the weekend is bound to fill up with other amazing artists, performances and speakers. Mark your calendars now to be in the Crescent City for Fourth of July weekend, and book those hotels sooner rather than later to get one close to the Dome.

On the Main Stage will be; Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Earth, Wind & Fire, Keri Hilson, Gladys Knight, LL Cool J, Monica, Raphael Saadiq, Jill Scott, Trey Songz, Charlie Wilson, and DJ Soul Sister,

In the Superlounges will be: Arrested Development, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Chrisette Michele, Estelle, De La Soul, Hot 8 Brass Band, Irma Thomas, Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Joe The Casanova Crooner, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, Lalah Hathaway, Laura Izibor, Leo Jackson and The Melody Clouds, Little Freddie King, Mary Mary, Melanie Fiona, Mint Condition, Rebirth Brass Band, Sam & Ruby, Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, Soul Rebels Brass Band, War.

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