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    Wed, 31 Mar 2010 09:33:54

    Janet Jackson to Appear at Essence Music Festival Over Fourth of July Weekend - This will be the singer/actress' first appearance at the annual event

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    Janet Jackson will make her very first appearance at the Essence Music Festival, which occurs during the Fourth of July weekend, running from July 2 through July 4 in New Orleans. Janet – Miss Jackson if you're nasty- will perform on July 2, the festival's opening night. What a great way to kick off the festivities. The Essence Music Festival is the nation's largest annual gathering of African-American music and culture.

    For the Essence Music Festival, Jackson joins Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys on a bill that features some of today's greatest African-American artists. This year marks the superstar’s first-ever appearance at the annual event and her first full performance since her 2008 concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. So it's a bit of a comeback!

    "This year's Essence Music Festival line-up is headed up by three of the most talented and powerful women in music today," said Michelle Ebanks, president, Essence Communications Inc. "With the return of both Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys, and the first-ever performance from Janet Jackson, I can't think of a better way to celebrate Essence’s 40th anniversary." The fest not only celebrates four decades of Essence. It also honors local music from New Orleans. Acts already committed to perform include: Alicia Keys, Arrested Development, Big Sam's Funky Nation, DJ Soul Sister, Estelle, Hot 8 Brass Band, Irma Thomas, Irvin Mayfield and NOJO, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, Lalah Hathaway, Leo Jackson and the Melody Clouds, Little Freddie King, LL Cool J, Mary J. Blige, Mary Mary, Mint Condition, Monica, Rebirth Brass Band, Ruben Studdard, Sam & Ruby, Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Trey Songz and WAR. So if you are feeling this lineup, which we sure are, you best get your tickets now, as actor, writer, comedian, and entrepreneur Thomas W. Miles II--known to millions of radio listeners as "Nephew Tommy" on the number one syndicated rated radio show, The Steve Harvey Morning Show—has been confirmed to serve as the master of ceremonies for the festival's nightly concerts at the Louisiana Superdome.

    For more info and those tickets we mentioned, go here: www.essence.com/festival.

    In other Jackson news, the singer just released "Nothing," the theme song she performs, co-wrote and co-produced for Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? via iTunes. The movie opens nationwide April 2, 2010. So get your Easter weekend started with a dose of Jackson and Perry!

    Are you heading to the Essence Festival? What is your favorite patriotic thing to do on July 4?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    03.31.10




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