Party Time '08, Obama's Mile High Club
This year's Democratic convention may as well be called Obamapalooza.
The week-long celebration in the Mile High City is shaping up to be a round-the-clock, celebrity-infused, boozy bash with night after night of live concerts by major recording artists, as well as more intimate daytime and post-gavel receptions hosted by lobbyists hoping to make a splash with the Democratic presidential nominee.
Among the biggest names in music slated to perform at various late-night events are: the Black Eyed Peas (the band's lead singer, will.i.am, is one of Barack Obama's personal faves), Kanye West, Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Melissa Ethridge, Cyndi Lauper, James Taylor, Tony Bennett and Rage Against the Machine (whose performance at the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles ended in a cloud of tear gas and rubber bullets).
The fun -- which hopefully this time around won't require gas masks -- kicks off Sunday night with a concert hosted by the nonpartisan Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee featuring the Dave Matthews Band, Sheryl Crow and Sugarland. And throughout the week, there will be jazz, blues, country, punk, funk and rock shows galore, with lots of Hollywood A-list celebrities soaking up the scene. (As a Sleuth Party Time '08 service, here's a list of official convention-related events and Sunlight Foundation's compilation of parties.)
Coinciding with dozens of wonky symposiums on climate change, energy, national security and other issues, there'll be plenty daytime lobbyist-sponsored fun as well, including batting practice at Coors Field, courtesy of AT&T, and lunch with Bill Clinton's consigliere, Vernon Jordan, sponsored by the lobby/law firm Akin Gump.
Mary Ann Akers
August 22, 2008; 5:14 PM ET
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