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Lineup for Museum of African American History and Culture's Opening Festival Announced

Surprise guest also scheduled

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    The Roots perform at SXSW March 19, 2016, in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Bud Light)

    What to Know

    • The National Museum of African American History's opening festival, "Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration" announced its musical lineup.

    • Performers for the concerts include The Roots, Public Enemy, Living Colour, Experience Unlimited, Meshell Ndegeocello and a special guest.

    • The weekend-long festival is free and will be from Sept. 23-25.

    The Roots, Public Enemy, Living Colour, Meshell Ndegeocello, Experience Unlimited and an unnamed special guest will perform at two concerts across from the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the museum’s free opening festival.

    The “Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration” festival will celebrate the lasting legacy of African-American expression through music like jazz, R&B, gospel and hip-hop.

    The highly anticipated Museum of African American History and Culture will open to members of the public with pre-requested passes at 1 p.m. Sept. 24.

    Living Colour, Public Enemy and The Roots will perform Sept. 24 from 6-9 p.m., and Experience Unlimited, Meshell Ndegeocello and a special guest performer are slated for Sept. 25 from 6-9 p.m.

    The festival, which will begin at noon Sept. 23 and Sept. 25 and at 1 p.m. Sept. 24, will also feature daytime events, including a drum circle, oral history activities, dance performances and additional live music.

     A full lineup of performances and events is available here.