Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige To Headline Essence Fest 2018

Mike Wass | January 25, 2018 4:06 pm
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Janet Jackson will headline Essence Fest 2018, which takes place in New Orleans from July 5-8, along with fellow R&B superstars Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu and reunited girl group Xscape. (Other performers include Jill Scott, Snoop Dogg, Miguel, The Roots and Fantasia). It’s the second time the “Nasty” hitmaker has graced the annual celebration of urban contemporary music with her presence. She previously took the stage in 2010, serving special effects, choreography and a selection of her greatest hits.

It will be interesting to see the setlist. Janet has been touring Unbreakable for two years (admittedly, she took a break to have a baby) and there’s no sign of new music on the horizon. Hopefully, the 51-year-old will come up with something fresh for the event. There are plenty of hits in her glittering discography that haven’t been performed in years and she could always dust off some forgotten gems from the early days. It’s time to give “Fast Girls” and “Dream Street” a little love! Organize tickets here.

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