For his 10th annual State of the City address at the newly renovated Ordway Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, April 16, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is taking things up a few notches and setting his address to music.
The night will begin with a reception and opportunity to tour the beautiful space, which just reopened last month. A performance by members of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will kick off the night, and as soon as Mayor Coleman wraps up his State of the City address he’ll invite Jeremy Messersmith, Heiruspecs, Chastity Brown, Dem Atlas, and trumpet player Solomon Parham on stage to create a “live music sampler” for the crowd.
Anyone who has followed Coleman’s career knows that the Mayor is a huge music fan. Just a few months ago, he jumped up on stage with the Suicide Commandos and Craig Finn to play guitar on a cover of the Who’s “My Generation,” and he’s been known to don a kilt and play the bagpipe when the mood strikes. And he’s gone all-in supporting First Avenue’s purchase of the Turf Club and the renovation of the historic Palace Theater in downtown St. Paul.
The State of the City address begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, with a social hour kicking off at 5:30. The entire event will be livestreamed at stpaul.gov.