Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, India.Arie, Angie Stone, Luther Vandross, the Isley Brothers, and Al Green lead the lineup for the Essence Music Festival, set for July 4-6 at the Superdome in New Orleans.

Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, India.Arie, Angie Stone, Luther Vandross, the Isley Brothers, and Al Green lead the lineup for the Essence Music Festival, set for July 4-6 at the Superdome in New Orleans. The annual festival is back in New Orleans for a fourth time after difficulties in negotiations between city officials and organizers were resolved. Destiny's Child, Erykah Badu, and Jill Scott were among last year's performers.

Other confirmed acts for this year's event include the Roots, Me'shell Ndegeocello, Glenn Lewis, De La Soul, Femi Kuti, the Ohio Players, and Etta James.

As in past years, the festival will also feature free, daily empowerment seminars in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center with a range of scholars and political, business, religious, and social leaders. The Essence Marketplace will boast New Orleans cuisine, arts and crafts, a boutique, and an area for celebrity meet-and-greets and book signings.

Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster. For a full lineup, visit the Essence Music Festival's official Web site.