"The View Was Stunning"
DENVER -- Virginia delegates to the Democratic National Convention had one of the hottest tickets in Denver last night.
The delegation traveled by bus about 20 miles outside of Denver to attend a free concert featuring Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow and Sugar Land at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, which has been named one of the best concert pavilion's in the world.
Before the concert, the Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania delegations attended a reception sponsored by Dominion. The reception was held at Red Rocks' visitors center, which features sweeping views of the rocks, a valley and the Rocky Mountains.
Dominion provided a lavish buffet of barbecue, chicken strips, beans, mashed potatoes, hot dogs, corn on the cob and local Colorado peaches and smores for desert. There was also an open bar.
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) and Democratic Senate candidate Mark R. Warner attended, as did West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D). A crew from The Tonight Show was filming Rendell.
During the concert, the delegates listened to the bands as bolts of lighting streaked on the horizon because of a thunderstorm about 30 miles away.
"The view was stunning, the most gorgeous view, and those rocks," said Sen. Yvonne B. Miller (D-Norfolk), who is 74. "It was just fabulous. The acoustics were the best I have ever heard."
Vendors walked through the crowd during the concert selling Hemp ice cream bars, which are apparently a big seller at the amphitheater. But because there were also thousands of twenty and thirty-something Colorado residents at the concert, in certain sections of the amphitheater it smelled at times like someone had figured out a way to burn the ice cream.
Hey, it's Denver.
August 25, 2008; 1:33 PM ET
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