Its that time of year again!

The 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival rolls into New Orleans for another weekend of good music, great food, and all around good times.

Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Fantasia and Keyshia Cole are just a few of the names we’re excited to see take the stage at the Superdome come Fourth of July weekend in the Big Easy.

This year’s festival celebrates the “power of our voices” with sure-to-be breathtaking performances from the likes of Franklin and Blige, plus empowerment seminars by Steve Harvey and Rep. Maxine Waters.

“Whether it’s Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul commanding respect or Rep. Maxine Waters demanding better conditions for our community, these powerful voices resonate with our audience like no other,” says Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications Inc.

Other acts making their way to Nawlins July 6-8 include Ledisi, Charlie Wilson, Raheem DeVaughn and 90s R&B girl group, SWV.

Click here to see who else will be rocking the crowds, and here for all things 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival, from tickets to hotels and food.

We’ll see you down in New Orleans!