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Mary J. Blige, center, DJ Khaled, right, and Judakiss perform at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 26, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
The queen of hip-hop, Mary J. Blige, will be the first to grace the stage at the new Fillmore venue in Silver Spring, Md., when the venue opens its doors on Sept. 15.
The Fillmore Silver Spring, which seats 2,000 people, will be the sixth Fillmore to open in the U.S.
"This is a chance to create something special for the entire community," said House of Blues CEO Ron Bension. "The Fillmore legacy beginning in the '60s and continuing into the present is the embodiment of an amazing musical experience for fans and artists. We're excited and feel fortunate to have Mary J. Blige as our opening act."
Blige will release her new album, My Life II, The Story Continues, two days before her Fillmore show.
Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on July 29 and cost $89.50 for general admission floor with a limited amount of VIP tickets available. More details and information may be obtained by visiting www.fillmoresilverspring.com.
The initial lineup for the Fillmore:
Sept 15: MARY J. BLIGE
Sept 18: Rock The Bells presents BLACKSTAR (Mos Def & Talib Kweli perform the album in its entirety)
Sept 19: BrightestYoungThings.com presents UNDERGROUND REBEL BINGO
Sept 20: BLONDIE
Sept 21 & 22: SURPRISE SHOWS! ANNOUNCED SOON!
Sept 23: BRING ME THE HORIZON
Sept 24: PRIMUS
Sept 27: CHEAP TRICK
Sept 28: WMZQ Homegrown Country Music Showcase with CLAYTON ANDERSON, JOHN LUSKEY and JULIENNE IRWIN
Sept 29: PRETTY LIGHTS with Nit Grit
Sept 30: THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS & TOM TOM CLUB
Oct 14: BLUE OCTOBER
Oct 18: 3 GUITAR HEROES featuring LESLIE WEST, MICHAEL SCHENKER and ULI JON ROTH
Oct 23: LEWIS BLACK
Oct 29: LG Ones to Watch presents CHROMEO with Mayer Hawthorne