Xscape Formally Kicks Off Reunion With Essence Festival Performance

Xscape photographed in Chicago on Nov. 12, 1993.
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Xscape photographed in Chicago on Nov. 12, 1993. 

"We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate the return of Xscape than in New Orleans."

After announcing plans in March to reunite, Xscape is now set to perform its first full live show in more than 15 years.

Essence Festival has announced that the '90s R&B female quartet will formally kick off its reunion tour on July 2, the final night of the 2017 festival’s engagement (June 29 - July 2) at the Superdome in New Orleans. Xscape will join a previously reported talent lineup that includes Diana Ross, Chance the Rapper, John Legend, Solange, Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Ro James and Gallant.

In a group statement, original Xscape members Kandi Burruss, LaTocha Scott, Tamika Scott and Tameka “Tiny” Harris said, “We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate the return of Xscape than in New Orleans. Essence Fest is so much more than a music festival. It’s a celebration of culture, music and entertainment.”

Xscape's string of top 10 R&B hits includes the No. 1’s “Just Kickin’ It,” “Understanding” and “Who Can I Run To?”