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2013 ESSENCE Festival Lineup Announced

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Jill Scott

It's that time of year again! The 2013 ESSENCE Festival rolls into New Orleans for four days of music and empowerment this Fourth of July weekend.

For the Festival's 19th installment, over 30 of music's most respected artists are set to take the stage, including Jill Scott, Maxwell, Keyshia Cole, New Edition, Brandy, LL Cool J, Mint Condition, Charlie Wilson and Bridget Kelly. Also, pastor Donnie McClurkin and Tramaine Hawkins will be honored with a not-to-be-missed, stellar Gospel tribute. (More unbelievable acts will be announced soon, so stay tuned! This year is going to be a blockbuster.)

Get your tickets now for the 2013 ESSENCE Festival, taking place July 4 through 7.

In addition to the evening concerts, the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience will uplift festival-goers through daily seminars on healthy living, career and work advice, education reform, civil rights, relationships, style, beauty and more. Renowned leaders Reverend Al Sharpton, Rep. John Lewis and Dr. Steve Perry will be on hand to speak as well.

"The ESSENCE Festival combines music, entertainment, culture, community, empowerment and inspiration to create a completely transformative experience across four full days that you won't find anywhere else on the planet," said Michelle Ebanks, ESSENCE Communications President. "We feature the world's top performers each night across eight live music stages and we bring the 'page to the stage' by bringing ESSENCE magazine to life at the Convention Center during the day."

Click here to purchase your tickets, book your hotels and more for the 2013 ESSENCE Festival!

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