Mary J. Blige at the 2010 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans

*Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, Jill Scott and rapper Kanye West are among the headliners scheduled to take the stage at this year’s Essence Music Festival.

The 17th annual New Orleans festival, celebrating the roots of rhythm and blues, will take place July 1-3 at the Louisiana Superdome.

Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications Inc., says the lineup will also include Charlie Wilson, Fantasia, Boyz II Men, Stephanie Mills, Macy Gray, Dwele, Alexander O’Neal & Cherrelle, Mint Condition, Kelly Price, M.C. Lyte and George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic.

A number of local stars, including Irma Thomas, Kourtney Heart, the Charmaine Neville Band and Rebirth Brass Band also are scheduled to perform.