CLEVELAND (AP) – Kings of Leon will help kick off NFL draft activities on a stage close to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame later this month. The Grammy Award-winning band will open the festivities on April 29 with a performance as the draft returns to a more normal state after being held virtually in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to being a top-selling act, lead singer Caleb Followill, his brothers Nathan and Jared, and cousin Matthew are also football fans and have closely followed Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield’s career since he was a star at Oklahoma. Hall
of Fame rock singer Ann Wilson of Heart will sing the national anthem before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell begins calling the names of the league’s newest players. Goodell hosted the event last year from his home. A massive stage is under construction near the Rock Hall and FirstEnergy Stadium, the Browns’ downtown home.
Cleveland will be represented by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s All-City Choir, which will sing a unique rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The local cover band, The Sunrise Jones, will serve as the house band for the first two nights of the draft.
Headlining musical acts for the second and third draft days will be announced in the coming weeks.
The draft will be held from April 29-May 1.
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