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Bobcats owner Michael Jordan to court big names at reception

By Tim Funk
tfunk@charlotteobserver.com

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.

We’re 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: “We’re working on it, but nothing’s 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 it’s 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. “It’s unlikely he’ll spend more than one night in Charlotte.” And Clinton has to stay Wednesday – he’s the main speaker that night at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Venice-for-Charlotte swap

Tony Podesta, John’s bro and a D.C. lobbyist who once did some work for Duke Energy, will be in town, too.

During convention week, he’s scheduled to host a “farmhouse chic brunch” at the Mint Museum.

And he’s the star of the best DNC housing story we’ve heard: According to Bloomberg, Podesta managed to land an apartment a few blocks from Time Warner Cable Arena.

How’d he get it? Swapped time at his place in Venice – yes, Italy.

Foxx’s 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. “It’s the two older guys who haven’t. We’re still working on them.”

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