It’s so good to be going back to New Orleans!

Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, and Fantasia are just a few of the hot acts confirmed for the 2011 ESSENCE Music Festival.

This year’s festival celebrates “the roots of R&B” and promises to have something for everyone. Other acts scheduled to play at the 17th annual gathering in New Orleans, July 1-3, include Trey Songz, Boyz II Men, Charlie Wilson, Mint Condition, Stephanie Mills and many more.

“We listen to our audience and these are the musicians they want to see under one roof for three days,” said Michelle Ebanks, President, Essence Communications Inc. “Our mission this year was to celebrate community through the prism of the art form that continues to tell our reader’s stories: R&B.”

Click here for more details, and see you in New Orleans, ladies and gents.