Celebrity Cavalcade Descends On DNC

The celebrities are coming out fast and furious for the Democratic National Convention. With a star-studded line-up of celebs in attendance, from Hollywood’s acting elite to a cornucopia of paparazzi-tailed pop & rock stars, the DNC has more flashbulb bang for its buck than any A-list invite-only celeb event you can think of.

Those already confirmed in attendance include:

Charlize Theron, Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews, Tim Reynolds, Laurie David, Rachael Leigh Cook, Spike Lee, Matthew Modine, Alan Cumming, Susan Sarandon, Kerry Washington, Ellen Burstyn, Anne Hathaway, Tim Daly, Daryl Hannah, Lawrence Fishburne, Richard Schiff.

But more are expected or on the way:

Melissa Etheridge, Cyndi Lauper, Rufus Wainwright, Kanye West, The Black Eyed Peas,Jennifer Lopez, Annette Bening, Fran Drescher, Quentin Tarantino, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Neil Patrick Harris, Cheryl Hines, Ben Affleck, Josh Brolin, Nick Cannon, Jennifer Hudson.

Every day of the DNC has some form of performance, gala, concert, show, or party that will bring out the stars in record numbers:


At the city’s opera house, Rock The Vote hosts “Ballot Bash,” the big party of the convention’s first night. Performances were expected from Fall Out Boy, Jakob Dylan and Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo’s rap-rock band NERD. Mr. Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, will be DJing at the afterparty.


Grammy organizers set up a concert with rockers Everclear, Daughtry and the Denver band Flobots, who also performed at a Saturday night DNC party at the Elitch Gardens amusement park.

Also downtown, the nonprofit Do Something hosts a party at a hotel-lounge with a set by Moby. Among planned attendees: Arianna Huffington, John Kerry and (random star alert!) Chevy Chase.

“Etown,” a long-running Boulder, Colo.-based radio variety show, will host performances from James Taylor, Ani DiFranco and David Crosby and Graham Nash.

Singer Idina Menzel, best known as Elphaba from “Wicked,” performs at another Rock The Vote party in Denver’s LoDo district, with Ashanti in attendance.


By far the busiest day for performances and celebrities features Jennifer Lopez stopping by the Denver Art Museum to honor Marian Wright Edelman, Ben Affleck promoting “America’s Second Harvest” at the Food Bank of the Rockies, and Rage Against the Machine raging against the machine at the Denver Coliseum.

The Creative Coalition, a nonprofit group meant that engages the artist community in issues, sponsors a Black Eyed Peas concert at the Fillmore Auditorium, one of three performances Peas’ frontman will.i.am will be doing in Denver.

West’s concert — sponsored by ONE and the Recording Industry Association of America — is at around the same time, and will attract at least as much attention, if only for the hip-hop star’s unpredictability when it comes to politics.

Also on tap: A Ralph Nader rally with Sean Penn and Val Kilmer set to speak. A separate indie rock lineup in support of Obama features the Silversun Pickups, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Nada Surf and the Cold War Kids.


The most prominent Obama celebrity backers — from Oprah to Kerry Washington — will be at Invesco Field for the candidate’s big speech. Sideline events are minimal, though there’s an afterparty sponsored by Google and Vanity Fair.

And, to top it all off, widespread rumours have been tossed around indicating that the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen, would be in attendance and performing at Thursday main event at Invesco Field:

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Sunday that it was a done deal: “Bruce Springsteen will follow Obama with a solo acoustic performance on Thursday after Obama’s acceptance speech at Invesco Field.” The Telegraph reported same yesterday, as did the Rocky Mountain News, which said that Jon Bon Jovi will open for Obama with Springsteen closing out the night.

But, apparently, those are just rumours, and it isn’t likely to happen:

But a source in Springsteen’s camp tells The Washington Post that The Boss won’t be anywhere near Invesco Field on Thursday.

The biggest challenge associated with this high-profile artistry will likely be actually getting to see it:

For all but the most connected fans, however, getting into the shows will be a challenge. Many are at private parties given by lobbyists and charities; even at the events that do not explicitly bar the general public, any spots not occupied by political insiders will probably be scooped up by the 15,000 expected members of the news media.

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