As far as celeb attendance goes, the DNC tends to be where it’s at — Hollywood does have a reputation to live up to, after all. But 2012 is not 2008 and while the Dems have certainly attracted a few ounces of star power to the convention, it’s not going to be the first-class lounge/Oscar backstage feeling it was four years ago, when the Cold War Kids opened a Shepard Fairey art exhibit and Google co-hosted a party with Vanity Fair. While the RNC had Clint Eastwood and his now even-more-famous sidekick — the chair — the DNC boasts parties with Will.i.am, the Roots, the Foo Fighters, and Flo Rida. The left also got an extra day to party – while the speeches start Tuesday, an all-day Labor Day fest Monday provided free entertainment from Janelle Monae and James Taylor for Charlotte residents and convention-goers alike.
Carolina Fest featuring Janelle Monae, Jeff Bridges, James Taylor
The Roots, Allen Stone (StartUp RockOn)
Camp Freddy (Spirits of Charlotte DNC kickoff)
Yankees centerfielder Bernie Williams (ARTSJam)
Will.i.am and President Bill Clinton (Democratic Party of Arkansas-sponsored party)
Common (Musicians on Call)
Far East Movement (Rock the Vote and Perez Hilton)
Flo Rida, Eva Longoria (Got Your 6 non-partisan event)
Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Asher Roth (Rock the Vote)
Musical lineup for convention closing: Mary J. Blige, Earth, Wind and Fire, Foo Fighters.