As we near the start of the Democratic National Convention (August 25-28) here in the Mile High a slew of rumors are popping up as to who will be performing here. MTV has secured a spot at the old Wolfgang Puck location on the 16th Street Mall (I was walking by it the other day and was picturing John Norris sitting there interviewing Bono). Willie Nelson has already confirmed a date at Red Rocks on August 26th. The wildly popular satirical news show The Daily Show with Jon Stewart will be taping several episodes at Denver University's Newman Center for the Performing Arts during the Convention. Tickets for the tapings appear to be sold out already, but check out www.thedailyshow.com/tickets_denver.jhtml as the Convention approaches to see if more seats are made available. On opening night, Wyclef Jean and a host of other performers will kick things off in grand style at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House (in the Denver Performing Arts Complex) with a concert hosted by MTV's Rock The Vote.
A group of protesters called Tent State University plans to take over City Park and hold it's protest there I think the Flobots (Joel's favorite group) are scheduled to perform there (this is where Rage Against The Machine would be playing if they are indeed confirmed). I plan on taking in as much of the convention as I can...(seriously I live within walking distance to the Pepsi Center). Stay tuned as more events are confirmed as the convention nears.