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Essence Announces Headliners

04:31 PM Wednesday 2/16/11 | |

The annual Fourth Of July Weekend event in New Orleans known as the Essence Music Festival has locked down its headlining acts, booking Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, Jill Scott and Kanye West.

  • Mary J. Blige

    Essence Music Festival, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, La.
    July 4, 2010

    (AP Photo)


Essence Communications President Michelle Ebanks said the 2011 lineup includes several artists fans asked to see. Scheduled for July 1-3 at the Louisiana Superdome, this year’s Essence also includes performances by Charlie Wilson, Fantasia, Boyz II Men, Stephanie Mills, Macy Gray, Dwele, Alexander O’Neal & Cherrelle, Mint Condition, Kelly Price, M.C. Lyte and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic.

At this time the festival is selling ticket packages encompassing all three days along with plenty of perks. The Platinum VIP Festival Weekend Package includes center-stage seating in the first ten rows and an all-access pass to the platinum VIP lounge.

  • Trey Songz

    Essence Music Festival, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, La.
    July 4, 2010

    (John Davisson)


If you want to go the no-frills route, the festival is also offering basic weekend packages running anywhere from $135 to $650. Visit EssenceMusicFestival.com for more information.