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Essence Nails Nightly Scheds

04:31 PM Thursday 5/6/10 | |

The Essence Music Festival has locked down its nightly lineups, giving you everything you need to know about the annual music blowout happening July 2-4 at New Orleans’ Louisiana Superdome.

Ladies rule at this year’s Essence as Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige headline the festival’s main stage.

  • Janet Jackson

    37th Annual American Music Awards, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles, Calif.
    November 22, 2009

    (AP Photo)


Here’s the breakdown:

Friday, July 2
Main Stage: Janet Jackson, Charlie Wilson, Raphael Saadiq and Monica.
Superlounges: Chrisette Michele, Irma Thomas, Arrested Development, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Mary Mary, Irvin Mayfield & The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, WAR, Little Freddie King and Ruben Studdard.

Saturday, July3
Main Stage: Alicia Keys, Gladys Knight, LL Cool J and Keri Hilson.
Superlounges: Laura Izibor, Sam & Ruby, De La Soul, Mint Condition, Leo Jackson And The Melody Clouds, Joe, Rebirth Brass Band, Soul Rebels Brass Band.

  • Alicia Keys

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, Ga.
    March 30, 2010

    (Chris McKay / WireImage.com)


Sunday, July 4
Main Stage: Mary J. Blige; Earth, Wind & Fire; Jill Scott and Trey Songz.
Superlounges: Estelle, Hot 8 Brass Band, Lalah Hathaway, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs, Melanie Fiona, PJ Morton Band and Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers.

  • Mary J. Blige

    "Festival di Sanremo" Italian song contest, San Remo, Italy
    February 20, 2010

    (AP Photo)


Single-day tickets went on sale today and prices run between $53 to $212. There are still weekend packages available with prices ranging from $159 to $636. For more information, click here for the Essence Music Festival website.