June 24, 2011 | New Orleans

Now only a week away, the Essence Music Festival is set to bring the best of both national and local acts, with a strong representation of the commercial sounds of rap, hip-hop, R&B, gospel and the local flavor of brass bands, jazz, and the blues. This year, the festival is from July 1st to July 3rd, and, as always, the festivities will be held in the Superdome in New Orleans.

2011 Artist Line-Up

Main Stage

  • Usher (just added!)
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Kanye West
  • Chaka Khan
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • KEM

  • Trey Songz
  • Jill Scott
  • Boyz II Men
  • Charlie Wilson
  • Fantasia
  • New Edition

You can get more information about this year's Essence Music Festival and purchase tickets at Experience New Orleans.

Are you heading to the festival? Who are you looking forward to seeing the most?