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December 31, 2009 at 3:35 PM

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McGinn inaugural week includes concerts, City Hall tours

Posted by Jim Brunner

Besides the usual swearing-in ceremony, incoming Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is inviting the public to celebrate his inauguration week with a City Hall open house and a music festival featuring popular local bands and food vendors.

McGinn, along with other newly elected city officials, will have his ceremonial swearing in at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 4 in City Council chambers at City Hall (600 Fourth Avenue). That meeting is open to the public, but space in council chambers is limited. The ceremony will be broadcast live on the Seattle Channel.

After the swearing in there will be a reception in City Hall's Bertha Knight Landes room. The reception will feature brief speeches by McGinn and the other newly elected leader and will end around 7 p.m..

Those are the usual inaugural events aimed at City Hall insiders and VIPs. McGinn has more public festivities planned for Saturday, Jan. 9.

The new mayor is inviting the public to a "City Hall Open House" between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., that day. According to a news release from McGinn spokesman Aaron Pickus, the event will celebrate "the city's commitment to openness, transparency and the spirit of service in Seattle."

The public will be invited to meet McGinn and other city officials, and get a tour of the mayor's office. And McGinn will deliver his inaugural speech at 3 p.m. at City Hall's "grand stairs" in the main lobby.

The city's arts office has organized performances by local musical groups and will offer tours of artwork on display. Scheduled performers include Warren Chang, a world renowned Erhu master and founder of the US China Ensemble; Quinton Morris, classical violinist with piano accompaniment; the Victor Noriega Trio, Filipino inspired jazz pianist; and Quichua Mashis performing Andean music by Quichua Indians from northern Ecuador.

Starting at 8 p.m. that night, McGinn will host an inaugural music festival at the Showbox SODO, 1700 1st Avenue South. The free, all-ages event will feature local music acts Wheedle's Groove, The Maldives, Hey Marseilles and Gabriel Teodros.

Popular local food vendors will be parked outside club, including Marination Mobile, Kao Samai Thai, and Gert's BBQ.

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