12 March 2020

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Cherry Blast – one of the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s premier celebrations – will feature chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning artist Nelly as the headliner of its 2020 event at MGM National Harbor. Taking place on Saturday, April 11 in The Theater at MGM National Harbor, the space will immerse guests in an Instagram-worthy Cherry Blossom Wonderland with dancing, a DJ, specialty cocktails and more fun surprises.  

“We are excited to be the home of Cherry Blast for the second year in a row,” said Chris Gumiela, Vice President of Marketing of MGM National Harbor. “Cherry blossom season is one of the most sought-after times of year for the Capitol Region and we plan to create monumental entertainment for an unforgettable weekend.”

Early bird special tickets are available for $25 for a limited time. General admission tickets after early-bird sales end are $40. VIP tickets for $125 are an all-inclusive experience with access to the VIP suite level, curated by MGM Japan featuring an open bar for the duration of the event, VIP lounges, dedicated seating, premium stage views, fast pass entry and a buffet of authentic Japanese cuisine.

Nelly will perform his biggest hits, making this the biggest part of the iconic cherry blossom season in Washington, D.C. Born in St. Louis, Missouri Nelly is as an American rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, investor and occasional actor. He began his solo career in 2000 with his debut album Country Grammar where the featured title-track and the single “Ride Wit Me” were top ten hits. This is Nelly’s best-selling album to date, selling more than 8.4 million copies in the United States. His following album, Nellyville produced the number-one hits “Hot in Herre” and “Dilemma” featuring Kelly Rowland.

In addition to his musical career, Nelly also was a founding member of the St. Lunatics and appeared in his own reality TV show titled Nellyville. The show aired from 2014 to 2015 and was based on the title of his second studio album, which is about his career and raising his four kids.

One of the key sponsors for this year’s Cherry Blast is MGM Japan, the arm of MGM Resorts International responsible for promoting the development of integrated resorts in Japan. Throughout the past several years, MGM Japan has been active in promoting Japanese arts and culture within integrated resorts in Maryland, Las Vegas and throughout MGM Resorts International’s vast regional portfolio.

Other notable sponsors include Washington Post and White Claw Hard Seltzer.

Doors open at 8 p.m. and is scheduled to end at 11 p.m. Guests must be 21+ to attend.

About MGM National Harbor 

Located in an unrivaled setting, MGM National Harbor offers stunning panoramic views of the eastern shore of the Potomac River in Maryland. The $1.4 billion LEED® Gold Certified resort sits a short distance from Washington, D.C. to the north and historic sites, including George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate across the river in Virginia. The 24-story, 308-room resort features premier amenities and experiences for locals as well as visitors from around the world including a dynamic two-level casino with over 160,000 square feet of space that includes slots, table games and poker; a world-class spa and salon; an entertainment theater with flexible seating for up to 3,000; high-end branded retail; 50,000 square feet of meeting space; and restaurants from renowned local, national and international chefs. MGM National Harbor is owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information, visit mgmnationalharbor.com or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

About the National Cherry Blossom Festival

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation’s greatest springtime celebration. The 2019 Festival, March 20 – April 14, includes four weeks of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Visit nationalcherryblossomfestival.org or call 877.44.BLOOM for more information, or check out Facebook (CherryBlossomFestival), Twitter (@CherryBlossFest), and Instagram (@CherryBlossFest).





Nora Strumpf                   

National Cherry Blossom Festival   

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Malik Husser / Imani Yorker

MGM National Harbor

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