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"American Idol" winner Fantasia, the laid-back blues of G Love & Special Sauce and the reggae/hip-hop stylings of Matisyahu are the headliners among some 40 musical acts set to play Artscape 2011, organizers announced today.

Fantasia, the winner and clear audience favorite from 2004's third season of "American Idol," will close out Artscape's main stage on opening night, July 15. Philadelphia's G Love & Special Sauce, best known for their hit debut single "Cold Beverage," will be the final main-stage act on night two, while Matisyahu, a Hasidic Jew known for blending reggae, rock and hip-hop, will bring the festival to a close with a performance July 17.

All three acts will perform from the Wells Fargo main stage, to be set up at Cathedral Street and Mount Royal Avenue. Fantasia is scheduled to go on at 8:30 p.m. Friday, G Love & Special Sauce at 8 p.m. Saturday and Matisyahu at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Artscape 2011 will include three performance stages, with continuous live music scheduled for the festival's three-day run. In addition to the three headliners, acts set for the Wells Fargo stage include Miguel, The 8 Ohms Band, Carolyn Malachi, Nikka Costa, Southern Culture on the Skids, the Jon Bailey Band, the Players, Can't Hang and the Pietasters.

Performers on the Festival stage, at Mount Royal Avenue near Mosher Street, will include Mosno Al-Moseeki, E Major, the Superland Stage Band, Telesma, Unity Reggae Band, Pompeii Graffiti, the Kings of Crownsville, the Rise Band, Andy Poxon, the Crawdaddies, Orch Kids, the Band Belief, Larry Brown Quartet and Big Daddy Stallings.

Performers on the Urbanite Stage, Charles Street at E. Lafayette Avenue, will include BCPS Showcase, Strings and Things, Matt Wigler, Lee Pearson, Bottle of Blues, Eric Byrd Trio, Turn Around Norman, Love Craft, Kevin Driscoll, Time Out, Blues Society, Community Groove and Tom Williams Quintet.

Artscape, billed as the country's biggest free arts festival, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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