Maxwell brings his sweet falsetto to Essence

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — R&B crooner Maxwell's sweet falsetto has closed out Friday night's Essence Festival concert series in the Superdome.

The day also featured performances by Brandy, LL Cool J and Jill Scott.

As the opening strands of "Sumthin, Sumthin," wafted through the arena, applause from the crowd swelled when Maxwell took the stage in a light-colored suit and tie.

His return performance to the festival's main stage included his hits "Lifetime," ''This Woman's Work," ''Simply Beautiful," and his latest duet with singer Alicia Keys, "Fire We Make."

An afternoon thunderstorm dumped several inches of rain on the metro New Orleans area but did nothing to stop fans from enjoying all the festival had to offer.

The festival continues Saturday.

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