Janet Added to Essence Music Festival

Janet Jackson has been added to the line-up of musicians scheduled to perform this Fourth of July weekend at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.

She will perform on July 2, the opening night of the three-day festival. This will be the first time she has attended the annual event, which will also feature performances by Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, and Gladys Knight, among others. It is being held at the Louisiana Superdome.

This year’s multi-generational list of ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2010 performers not only celebrates ESSENCE’s 40-year commitment to music, but also honors the local music of New Orleans. The full list of acts confirmed for this year’s weekend-long celebration of music, culture and community–set for July 2, 3 and 4–is as follows: 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.

In other Janet news, her new film “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too” will be in theaters this Friday!

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