Fillmore Debuts With Free Event Monday

The Fillmore hasn't held its first concert yet -- that comes Sept. 15, when Mary J. Blige takes the stage -- but they're hosting an open house Monday so you can grab a sneak peak at the hotly awaited venue.

Head out for the Silver Spring Community Night for live music and their full food and drink menu as well. Tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Unfortunately, you'll have to pick up your tickets in person, from the Fillmore box office (8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring) beginning at noon on the day of the event, Monday, Sept. 12. There's a two-ticket limit per person.

Cerphe Colwell of WHFS history will host; doors will open at 6:30 .p.m.

If you don't make it out, you'll have abundant other opps to see the Fillmore; the space has a lineup for its first month that, other than Blige, includes John Legend, Blondie, Primus, Cheap Trick and Lewis Black.

The Fillmore Silver Spring, which seats 2,000 people, will be the sixth Fillmore to open in the United States.

"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.

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