Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and Motown legend Stevie Wonder will help open the new MGM Casino in Springfield on September 1.

Wonder comes to Springfield following concert dates at MGM properties in Las Vegas, Maryland and Atlantic City. Stevie Wonder is the first entertainer to be announced in conjunction with the MGM Springfield opening.  Talia Spera, executive director of arena operations for the MGM Springfield commented:

“Wonder's concert will usher in a new era of exciting world-class entertainment for the city”

Blind shortly after birth, Wonder was a child prodigy who began playing instruments at an early age, including piano, harmonica and drums. He was signed by Motown Records when he was just 11 years old. He has been honored by both the Songwriters and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame.  Wonder has more than 30 Top 10 hits, received 25 Grammy Awards, and sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

According to Masslive.com, the $960 million MGM Springfield will open on Aug. 24; it will feature 2 million square feet of development featuring a hotel; retail shops, a diverse selection of dining options; casino with 2,550 slot machines and 120 gaming tables; and a huge parking garage.