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Chuck Berry and 'mystery guest' to regale public, DNC scouts at free concert

Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry should be duck-walking across Kiener Plaza later this month, while representatives of the Democratic National Committee are scouting around town to see if St. Louis is good enough to host a presidential convention in 2012,

Local Democratic officials say that Berry and "a mystery guest'' will headline a free concert in the plaza on July 29, beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets will be free, but registration in required. (Click here for details.) And preference will be given to those who agree to volunteer to work at the convention, should St. Louis get the nod over its three final rivals: Charlotte, Cleveland, and Minneapolis.

One big question remains unanswered: Who's the mystery guest?

Cast your vote here for some of the possibilities -- or offer up your own -- who claim St. Louis or Missouri as their home:

-- Rap star Nelly

--Academy Award winning actor (and Priory grad) Kevin Kline

--"Mad Men" leading man (and John Burroughs alum) Jon Hamm (wishful thinking here)

--Actor Brad Pitt, who grew up in Springfield, Mo.

--Singer Sheryl Crow, a native of Kennett, Mo.

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon.

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.

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