March 22, 2006 07:55 AM

There’s a reunion in store for bad boy musician Bobby Brown: He and his old school boy band, the New Edition, are slated to perform together at the Essence Music Festival, which will run July 1-3 in Houston.

So far, reports the Associated Press, the reunion is a one-time event.

Brown, 39, left the group, best known for hits like “Mr. Telephone Man” and “Cool It Now,” back in the 1980s for his solo career, and since then has only performed with the group sporadically.

Other performers newly announced for the 11th annual Essence Music Festival – which is usually held in the New Orleans Superdome, but is being temporarily moved to Houston because of Hurricane Katrina – include Diddy, who will host a “Diddy and Friends” show, and singers Jaheim and Chris Brown.

Others previously announced include Mary J. Blige, Steve Harvey, LL Cool J, Earth, Wind & Fire, Yolanda Adams and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.

Jamie Foxx will also participate in the festival’s “Now or Never” empowerment seminars, along with Magic Johnson and actor Shemar Moore. This year’s seminars will focus on helping those devastated by Katrina.

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