The 17th annual New Orleans festival will celebrate the roots of rhythm and blues.
Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications Inc., says the lineup also will 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 .
More artists will be added later to the lineup. The festival is July 1-3 at the Louisiana Superdome.
A number of local stars, including Irma Thomas, Kourtney Heart, the Charmaine Neville Band and Rebirth Brass Band also are scheduled to perform.
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