updated 06/30/2011 AT 7:00 PM ET
•originally published 06/30/2011 AT 7:35 PM ET
As if seeing New Edition reunite after 30 years isn’t enough, fans of hip-hop and R&B can catch a slew of other stellar old – and newer – musicians’ performances over fourth of July weekend at the Essence Music Festival.
Each night, artists start at around 7:00 P.M. and end at approximately 11:30 P.M. Other acts at the event include Jennifer Hudson, Naughty by Nature, Trey Songz, Mary J. Blige and MC Lyte.
– Dahvi Shira