Party Overload in Denver
With So Many Star-Studded Events to Choose From, DNC Revelers Race to Keep Up

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 1:47 PM

DENVER (Aug. 27) -- This is what happens when there are too many celebrities at too many parties in town: Minutes before the headliner at Tuesday night's Impact Film Festival/MySpace/SAG soiree took the stage, the mostly suit-and-tie crowd at the hip and swanky Mile High Station was a tad confused.

Who was coming out, again? Nelly Furtado, the fly-like-a-bird pop chanteuse, or Nelly, the band-aid-on-the-cheek, tank-top-wearing rapper? Then the thumbing, heavy-bass, Chuck Brown-sampled beats of "Hot in Herre" filled the room. Whoa, Nelly! (The rapper.) "What is going on, Denver?" he cried out between songs, reports our colleague Jose Antonio Vargas.

Across town on the music-filled late night that followed Hillary Clinton's valedictory, Susan Sarandon was bopping to the sounds of Cyndi Lauper and Melissa Etheridge at the Human Rights Campaign concert. How does anyone keep up with all these parties? We corralled a few heavy-hitting Dems at the Grammys bash, where Daughtry, Everclear and Denver's own progressive hip-hop heros Flobots played. What's been the best party thus far?

"Oh, the tribute to Speaker Pelosi, with James Taylor and Tony Bennett," said Florida rep Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida. Hmmm, yeah, didn't get that invite. "Just to see them in such an intimate setting, and so many people I know there." Her party strategy: Make cameos at three a night, linger at one.

"Oh, definitely the Head Count event," said California Rep. Linda Sanchez, whom we pried away from deep conversation with Jimmy Jam. Yeah, heard about that one, uh, after the fact. "It was Robert Randolph, a steel-guitar performance. The crowd was really energized." Party strategy: "Too many. Last night was crazy. Tonight I'm just doing one."

"Oh, this one," said Sen. Byron Dorgan. Whew -- finally we're in the right place! "I love music. We just went to Wolf Trap to Hippie Fest -- the Turtles, the Animals, Melanie. My favorite has always been the Black Eyed Peas -- I'm going to see them here. I love music. I love Daughtry. I had heard of the Flobots but I hadn't heard them before -- I liked their fiddle player."

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