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Kicking off Thursday, July 5th, 2012, The ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans has expanded from its original three-day festival to four-days.

The ESSENCE Music Festival features a roster of new millennium generation artists including Diggy Simmons, R&B pop group The OMG Girlz and New Orleans’ marching band The Roots of Music. Some of the world’s top performers in music and entertainment will also be there including Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, D’Angelo, Charlie Wilson, Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, Trey Songz and Chaka Khan who will be delivering an address sponsored by Verizon honoring 33 deserving women who were affected by Hurricane Katrina.

The 18th annual ESSENCE Music Festival that will now take place July 5-8th.

The New and Next stage is sponsored by Verizon, Wal-Mart and community partner Capital One.

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