The annual Essence Music Festival, which is always the biggest show of the year for R&B and Soul music, has announced it's official performance schedule for the 2012 event. The show, which takes place July 6-8 in at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, has rounded up yet another who's who of stars from the worlds of R&B, Jazz and Hip-Hop this year, headlined by D'Angelo, Mary J. Blige and Aretha Franklin. The full lineup of scheduled musical performances for each day is as follows:
- Fri., July 6 - Main Stage: D'Angelo, Charlie Wilson, Trey Songz, Keyshia Cole, The Pointer Sisters. Superlounge Stage: Marsha Ambrosious, Q. Parker, Super Jay, Khris Royal, Kindred the Family Soul, Vivian Green, Stephanie Mills, Gary Clark Jr., Rebirth Brass Band, SWV, Goapele.
- Sat., July 7 - Main Stage: Mary J. Blige, Ledisi, Tank. Superlounge Stage: Eric Roberson, Teedra Moses, The Stylistics, Robert Glasper, Dru Hill, The Original Pinettes Brass Band, Stephanie Mills, Big Sam's Funky Nation.
- Sun., July 8 - Main Stage: Aretha Franklin, Fantasia, Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary. Superlounge Stage: Melanie Fiona, Carl Thomas, Alex Boyd, Eve, The Stooges Brass Band, Estelle, Luke James, Raheem DeVaughn, Bridget Kelly.
If you're thinking about going, single day tickets are on sale now and are priced from $50 to $300 per person per night. Also, weekend packages range from $150 to $900 per person. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or at essence.com/festivals.