essence music festival 2012 poster*Every year, hundreds of thousands of music fans make their way to New Orleans to enjoy the beautiful sounds of soul at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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This year will be better than ever with performances by legendary diva Aretha Franklin as well as  Mary J. Blige, Fantasia, Stephanie Mills, Charlie Wilson, Ledisi, and several others.

Sounds like a lot of girl power, right? (Sorry, Charlie, last name Wilson.)

The event will be held July 6-8 right down in the Big Easy.

Tickets are on sale now. Visit