Mayor Anthony Foxx and Michael Jordan are teaming up to co-host a Welcome the World and Celebrate Charlotte reception on Labor Day night.
So says one of our favorite CLT VIPs, who plans to be there.
Were told the locale for the corporate-funded and nonpartisan affair will be one of those lounges at Bank of America Stadium. A few Panthers may even show up before they fly off to play ball in Tampa.
Says Foxx: Were working on it, but nothings finalized.
Later this month, Jordan will join a host of other current and former NBA stars at a shoot-around in New York to raise campaign cash for Basketball-Fan-in-Chief Barack Obama.
Grammy winner signed?
Heard on the street: Singer-songwriter John Legend will be among the national acts at CarolinaFest that uptown DNC kick-off set for Labor Day.
No confirmation from the Charlotte host committee, but the word is that the Grammy-winning Legend will perform some of his hits (Green Light, Ordinary People).
Partying like its 1999
The Dish has learned that Erskine and Crandall Bowles will host a private reception at their south Charlotte home on Sept. 4, the first day of the convention.
Among those expected to drop by the Bowles estate: Former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and John Podesta, founder of the pro-Dem Center for American Progress and, like Mr. Bowles, a one-time chief of staff to President Bill Clinton.
Will No. 42 be there? Probably not, an in-the-know party source says. Its unlikely hell spend more than one night in Charlotte. And Clinton has to stay Wednesday hes the main speaker that night at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Tony Podesta, Johns bro and a D.C. lobbyist who once did some work for Duke Energy, will be in town, too.
During convention week, hes scheduled to host a farmhouse chic brunch at the Mint Museum.
And hes the star of the best DNC housing story weve heard: According to Bloomberg, Podesta managed to land an apartment a few blocks from Time Warner Cable Arena.
Howd he get it? Swapped time at his place in Venice yes, Italy.
Foxxs dream-team match
Remember when Mayor Foxx told us he wanted to stage a pick-up ball game during convention week pitting him and Jordan against POTUS and ex-Charlottean/Duke forward Reggie Love?
We do, too. So we asked His Honor if the game is on.
Reggie and I have committed, Foxx said. Its the two older guys who havent. Were still working on them.