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Maybe you don't have tickets to Saturday's Soul Picnic or maybe you like to shake your groove thing privately.

Fear not.

Tune in to TV One on Sunday at 8 pm for "TV One Night Only: Live From the Essence Music Festival." It's a two-hour sampling of performances from the 15th annual New Orleans gathering.

The lineup: Beyonce, En Vogue, Ne-Yo, Jazmine Sullivan, Salt N Pepa, John Legend, Charlie Wilson, the Rev. Al Green, Teena Marie, Anita Baker, Robin Thicke.

You'll probably want to be at the festival next year after you watch. Headliner Beyonce works awfully hard, as usual; Ne-Yo is smooth, there's not enough Robin Thicke, in my view, and the old school shows the youngun's a thing or two. Teena Marie is in fine voice ("Lover Girl") and Rev. Al, well he's Rev. Al. Which is to say, he brings the churchified soul. I read he was chatty, but it doesn't show here. (Anita Baker could use the same edit.) The show ends with a bit of Rev. Al's rendition of "Amazing Grace."

It's a very good two hours.

We don't get to see the lovely Maxwell's performance, which began real late during the festival, but that's OK. TV One is following the Essence festival coverage with Maxwell: 5 Days of Night (10 p.m.), a first-person account of the inspiration and creative process behind Maxwell's trilogy "Black Summer's Night." And that's followed by Maxwell's Video Journey, a collection of music videos.

Spread out a blanket on the carpet and have your own late-night soul picnic.

 Photo credit: Andrew Goetz/Essence

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Adrienne Johnson Martin would like to have her life turned into an animated cartoon. E-mail Adrienne.
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