Essence Music Festival 2010: DETAILS, Performers, Ticket Info

Essence Music Festival 2010 will take place from July 2 to July 4 in New Orleans, and there's plenty of buzz about the event today after an announcement by Janet Jackson.

Jackson tweeted, "Hey guys, I'll see u on July 2nd at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. We're excited!"

This came after a tweet yesterday that read, "I'll have exciting news tomorrow about Essence."

Back in January, Mary J. Blige was announced as the headline performer for Essence Music Festival 2010.

Alicia Keys, Gladys Knight, Charlie Wilson, Jill Scott, Raphael Saddiq, Keri Hilson, De La Soul, Joe, Melanie Fiona, Laura Izibor, and Chrisette Michele are also slated to perform per the festival's official Web site.

Tickets for the event range from a standard weekend package beginning at $159, up to $636 for front floor. For extra perks, Gold Plus and Platinum weekend packages are also available from $1,050 to $3,000. More ticket info can be found here.