Alicia Keys Joins Essence Fest

Alicia Keys will join spokesperson Mary J. Blige as a headliner of the 16th annual Essence Music Festival, to be held July 2-4, in New Orleans. LL Cool J, Estelle, and Trey Songz are among the other additions to the previously announced lineup featuring Gladys Knight, Earth, Wind & Fire, De La Soul, Keri Hilson, Jill Scott, Melanie Fiona and Raphael Saadiq. The 2010 edition will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Essence Magazine, as well as mark Keys’ third appearance at the festival; the singer last performed there in 2005. Additionally, the festival will honor the local music of New Orleans this year, with special performances by: Arrested Development, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, DJ Soul Sister, Hot 8 Brass Band, Irma Thomas, Irvin Mayfield and NOJO, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, Lalah Hathaway, Leo Jackson and the Melody Clouds, Little Freddie King, Mary Mary, Mint Condition, Monica, Rebirth Brass Band, Sam & Ruby, Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, Soul Rebels Brass Band and WAR.

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  1. I notice they always book soul singers or such..not so much this time around, I love how Estelle was incorporated!!

  2. Great news sounds like it’s going to be good shows this year, I have yet to go though. Hopefully I can make it this year.

  3. 4 once i agree with u ROCKON(cos u didnt bring bey in2 this)AKeys s losing what made her standout.

  4. she kind of had me scratching my head with this new album, but since i like try sleeping with a broken heart I’ll check it out

  5. yes goodness gracious Beyonce Is not scheduled to perform snd the reason why I am sayin’ this Is because there are other music artists out here who has talent….I was looking foward to Alicia keys,Mjb,Melanie Fiona Monica, Mint condition

  6. Any1 heard about the earthquake in chile?? The one in Japan the day before? THe one in ARgentina. JUDGMENT IS HERE!!America next up 2 bat. Soon these little blogs will be a thing of the past and the only thing on your mind will be survival. Soon the world will be watching on tv states in AMerica in shambles shaking their heads. GET YOUR SPIRITUAL LIVE RIGHTS! if you got another day to live that his His mercy-not luck.

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