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Ciara Performs At Essence Music Festival, Beyoncé Knowles To Headline Tonight

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Beyoncé Knowles will headline the stage at tonight’s second installment of the 2007 Essence Music held in New Orleans which started on July 5 and will end on July 7, 2007. Last night’s headliners included Ciara, Ludacris, and Ronald Isley along with guest speaker Barack Obama.

The Essence Music Festival is considered the nation’s largest annual African-American event celebrating Black music and culture. The 13th Annual 2007 Essence Music Festival Presented by Coca-Cola with the biggest names in entertainment and the nation’s most dynamic speakers, authors and leaders.

Mainstage performances for the 2007 Essence Music Festival presented by Coca-Cola include: Beyonce; Mary J. Blige; Chris Brown; Ciara; Steve Harvey; Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley; Ludacris; Maze featuring Frankie Beverly; Ne-Yo; The O’Jays with Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill; Lionel Richie; Kelly Rowland; Robin Thicke; Smokie Norful and Vanessa Bell-Armstrong. Senator Barack Obama will appear on the main stage on Thursday, July 5. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will participate in the ESSENCE CARES Empowerment Seminars on Friday, July 6.

Running concurrently with the main-stage performances in the Superlounges: Anthony David; Angie Stone; Chuck D and Public Enemy; Common; Elizabeth Withers; Jermaine Paul; Kenny Lattimore and Chante Moore; Kindred; Lyfe Jennings; MC Lyte; Mint Condition; Najee; Nuttin but Stringz; Pieces of a Dream; Rachelle Ferrell; Rahsaan Patterson; Rebirth Brass Band; Roy Anthony & Legit with Cupid; Ruben Studdard; Slum Village; and Sunshine Anderson.

Tickets for the evening concerts are on sale at ticketmaster.com at (800) 488-5252. Portions of the proceeds will support the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools in New Orleans. To get more information visit www.essence.com for updates on performers, hotel accommodations, ticket prices and weekly promotions

Sponsors of the 2007 Essence Music Festival include presenting sponsor, Coca-Cola; major sponsors Budweiser, McDonald’s, Chevrolet, Sony, U.S. Army, Verizon and Wal-Mart; and official sponsors HBO, L’Oreal Paris, Southwest Airlines, TBS, Vaseline, VH1 Soul. Coca-Cola, Budweiser and McDonald’s will each host a Superlounge during the Essence Music Festival.

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