Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, And Trey Songz Headline 2011 Essence Music Festival

Award-winning and multi-platinum superstars Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Jill Scott, and Trey Songz lead the initial all-star roster of many returning favorites for the eagerly-anticipated 2011 Essence Music Festival this July 1, 2 and 3 in New Orleans. Other artist that are confirmed to be performing this year are Charlie Wilson, Fantasia, Boyz II Men, Stephanie Mills, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Macy Gray, Dwele, Alexander O’Neal & Cherrelle, Mint Condition, Kelly Price, M.C. Lyte and New Orleans talent including Irma Thomas, Kourtney Heart, Rebirth Brass Band, Charmaine Neville Band, and TBC Brass Band. If you can make it to the Jazz Festival or Essence then you should, if you can go to both.

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Now in its 17th year, the ultimate destination for entertainment and inspiration hosted over 400,000 attendees last year. What began in 1995 as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Essence magazine has now grown into one of the country’s “Top 10 Leading Brand Events” by Advertising Age. The Essence Music Festival is the nation’s largest annual gathering of African-American music and culture.

For information about ticket sales, accommodations and the latest news about the Essence Music Festival, visit http://www.essence.com/festival.

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