The Democratic Party arrives in Denver today, along with 15,000 members of the media and countless corporate executives and lobbyists hoping to connect with the political elite during this historic week.
It seems to me that the key word for this event is party. I recently saw an unofficial party list that went on for more than 20 pages. I've been getting calls from the media for weeks now, asking, "So, what is your firm doing for the DNC? Any parties? Who's coming?"
Many of the major firms are hosting parties this week. Brownstein Hyatt has been planning their fete at the Denver Art Museum for more than a year. They expect more than 2,000 in attendance, including former Presidents and politicians of all sorts. Holland & Hart, Kamlet Shepherd, Patton Bogg and other firms are either throwing their own parties, or hosting events for clients.
Stars are everywhere. Getting tickets and access seems to be the buzz this week. As an e-town listener, I got the jump on their DNC taping at the DPAC, featuring James Taylor, David Crosby and Graham Nash, Ani DiFranco and others. Many are still scrambling to get tickets to the Green Sunday at Red Rocks concert tonight, featuring Dave Matthews and Sheryl Crow. I hear there is still room to play poker at Coors Field with Ben Affleck later this week.
If you are in Denver for the convention, drop me a note and tell me about your experience. See you in Denver.