Organizers of the 2013 Essence Festival have released new details about this year's talent lineup.
The festival opens Friday, July 5, with R&B heavyweights Jill Scott and Maxwell. LL Cool J and Brandy will headline the nightly concerts at the Superdome. Charlie Wilson, New Edition, Trey Songz, Keyshia Cole and Solange highlight the mainstage on Saturday.
The festival closes on Sunday with Beyonce', Janelle Monáe and the supergroup, TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank).
Additions to the superlounge lineup include Faith Evans, Luke James, Tamia, Emeli Sandé, Alice Smith and Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs.