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2013 Essence Music Fest Performers Announced

By January 9, 2013

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Although it doesn't get the media attention that other huge concert events like Coachella and Lollapalooza receive, there's no doubt that the Essence Music Festival is always one of the biggest music events of the year every single year. And this year's just-announced lineup of performers is a reminder why. The 2013 show, might still be almost six months away from happening, but the organizers have wasted no time in lining up big name acts to perform at the event. Among them: Maxwell, who's rumored to (finally) be releasing the next chapter in his "Black Summers' Night" series of albums this year; R&B princess Brandy, who returned to the top of the charts in 2012 with her Two Eleven album; legendary Gap Band singer Charlie Wilson, who's latest solo album, Love, Charlie comes out later this month; actress-singer Jill Scott; and Oakland native Keyshia Cole, whose fifth studio album, Woman to Woman, came out in November 2012, are among the vocalists expected to appear on the main stage of this year's show. But that's not all. Also appearing on the event's Superlounge stage will be numerous other R&B/Soul performers, including the highly talented but underrated Atlanta-based crooner Anthony David; the reunited '90s R&B group BLACKstreet, gritty Soul singer Leela James and one of the last true R&B bands standing, Minnesota musicians Mint Condition. Additionally, several hip-hop artists, including LL Cool J and Big Daddy Kane are scheduled to perform, and pastor Donnie McClurkin and Tramaine Hawkins will be honored with a star-studded Gospel tribute during the festival. The 2013 Essence Fest, which is the 19th installment in the series, takes place July 4 through 7 at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The full lineups for each day of the show have not been settled yet, and even more performers are expected to be added, so, for more information, including the current lineup, ticket prices and travel packages, visit the festival's official website.

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