Metallica, Dr. Dre, No Doubt, matchbox twenty, Alanis Morissette, Eurythmics, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck, James Brown and Bo Diddley lead the roster of stars that also includes home-grown stars like Ann and Nancy Wilson and Screaming Trees.

Many events will be free of charge, but the premier grand opening shows will be ticketed, with prices ranging from $10 – $150.

The show commanding the highest ticket price (top end: $150) is June 24’s Memorial Stadium show bringing together Eurythmics, matchbox twenty, Alanis Morissette, Beck and No Doubt. In contrast, a DJ/Electronica Show will put the EMP partygoer out $10.

On the 25th, local favorites take the Memorial Stadium stage for a $15 afternoon show featuring Screaming Trees, Ann and Nancy Wilson, Built To Spill, Fastbacks, Metal Madness, NW All Stars, Subset, Sonics Tribute, and Young Fresh Fellows.

There will be plenty of music to be found for free, as well.

Patti Smith, Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men, Junior Brown, and Bob Mould are among the stars performing gratis, along with Taj Mahal, Bob Diddley, Johnny Johnson, Big Jay McNeeley, Imperial Teen and Neko Case.

The museum would have to be pretty impressive itself to out-dazzle the lineup gathering in its honor, and it is.

Renowned architect Frank Gehry has made his name designing eye-catching and sometimes controversial buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and the Fredrick R. Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis.

Located in the Seattle Center, next to the Space Needle, this visually arresting complex boasts 140,000 total square feet with a highest point of 85 feet. According to the EMP Web site, “if you were to make a typical steel guitar “E” (first) string from the steel in EMP, it would be 1.6 million miles long—enough to circle the Earth 65 times. If you made it into the lightest banjo string, you could stretch it a quarter of the way to the planet Venus.” By the time of the grand opening, it will have been three years since ground was broken on the EMP complex.