Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz and DJ Jazzy Jeff will perform at a concert in Camden, N.J., on July 28, just before Hillary Clinton accepts the nomination at the Democratic National Convention in nearby Philadelphia.
The event, called Camden Rising, is tied to the convention, and tickets will be made available to delegates and elected officials. It is being organized by George E. Norcross III, a member of the Democratic National Committee and one of the convention superdelegates. It will be held in the early afternoon, hours before Clinton is to deliver her acceptance speech.
“With the Philadelphia skyline in the background, it is a perfect time to bring Camden out of the shadows for the country to see what can be done to rebuild even the most troubled of our cities,” Norcross said, according to PhillyVoice.com, which is the media partner for Camden Rising. Live Nation will produce the concert at the BB&T Pavilion.
Recent weeks have seen a scramble to book talent for the Democratic and Republican conventions, and the events surrounding the gatherings.
On Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that the campaign of Donald Trump had lined up Mike Ditka, Bobby Knight and Mike Tyson for Republican convention appearances, but Trump denied that Tyson was asked to speak at the convention “though I’m sure he would do a good job if he was.” Trump’s campaign has indicated that they would like a convention that features a mix of personalities, not just politicians.
Other groups have lined up entertainers for a series of events around the Republican gathering, although not sanctioned by the party. Martina McBride will perform at a Creative Coalition event, while Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd are scheduled for an event called Cleveland Rocks, a benefit for veterans organizations.