Party Time '08 Update: Kayne, Daughtry, Scotch and Cigars
The lineup for the recording industry lobby's biggest bashes at both political conventions is official: it'll be hip-hop king Kanye West in Denver and boyish-looking -- but not boy band -- Daughtry in Minnesota's twin cities for the Republicans to enjoy. (Chris Daughtry, of American Idol fame, is getting rave reviews despite his quasi boy-band look.)
The Recording Industry Association of America, known for it's A-list convention parties, has this time around teamed up with Bono's poverty fighting One Campaign, which will host a slew of "educational activities" at both parties' conventions. Tip-toeing around the strict new ethics rules governing lobbyist-sponsored convention events, the RIAA's press releases about its parties were heavily focused on the ONE Campaign's do-good work.
"ONE will be part of a series of discussions at each convention featuring leading experts and thinkers to highlight how American leadership has the power to make a game-changing difference in the fight against preventable diseases and extreme poverty." Get the drift? (Indeed, former Senate leaders Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), who co-chair the ONE Campaign's presidential outreach effort, will each go to his respective party's convention to wave the ONE flag and participate in "educational activities.")
All of which helps the RIAA's hot concerts adhere to the ethics guidelines. As ONE Campaign spokesman Tom Gavin puts it, the Wednesday night celebration in Denver on Aug. 27 will be the "capstone of the week's ONE events."
Both events -- the Kanye West concert in Denver (which we alluded to last month in this posting) and the Daughtry gig in Minneapolis-St. Paul -- have a slew of corporate sponsors, including AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, Microsoft and Viacom.
And, this just in, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States -- that would be the hard liquor lobby -- is hosting a big one in Denver on Monday Aug. 25, opening night of convention week, with Cigar Aficionado, Daimler and The Hill newspaper. Partygoers can expect to have their fill of single malt scotch and Rocky Patel premium cigars, among other libations and vices. The late-night soiree will be held at the Beta Nightclub. Other corporate sponsors include Lockheed Martin, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Duke Energy, VeriSign and the Times of London.
Also in Denver:
• Friends of New Orleans brings the Bayou to the Rockies on Sunday night, Aug. 24, on the eve of the convention. Event organizer Gloria Dittus says the bash will feature jazz, Zydeco, funk and blues musicians from the New Orleans area. (Friends of New Olreans is also hosting a party at the GOP convention in Minneapolis with hosts Tommy Thompson, Republican strategist Mary Matalin and former GOP congressman Billy Tauzin of Louisiana.)
• Headcount, the get-out-the-vote group is hosting a hot bash Monday, Aug. 25 featuring Robert Randolph & the Family Band and possibly other yet-to-be-announced big names in music. (HeadCount's artist partners include all the surviving members of the Grateful Dead, Carlos Santana, Pearl Jam, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty, Ben Harper, Ani DiFranco, and many more.) Also on Monday night in Denver, Rock the Vote will host one at the Elle Caulkins Opera House featuring Wyclef Jean and rap/rock fusion band N.E.R.D.
• The Creative Coalition Gala on Wednesday, Aug. 27 at the Fillmore Auditorium will feature the Black Eyed Peas, as well as lots of celebrities in the audience. (We know will.i.am is a big fan of Obama. Remember his "Yes We Can" video?)
The Sleuth will keep you updated on all convention-related parties, which seem to be multiplying. The invitations are rolling in, the calendar is getting full. So check back.
Mary Ann Akers
August 13, 2008; 10:44 AM ET
Categories: Party Time '08
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