WASHINGTON, August 26, 2012 — For Republicans, it is not all business, nominations, speeches, and schmoozing. The nearly 50,000 delegates, alternate delegates, media, and other guests who are flocking to Tampa for the Republican National Convention this week, despite Hurricane Isaac, will be treated to top level entertainment all week long.
“We’ve booked outstanding performers and world-famous acts,” explained RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. “Everything from pop and rock to country and gospel.”
One of the highlights will be the worldwide premiere of “One Light,” the new single from 3 Doors Down, the Grammy Award-winning rock group that sold more than 20 million recordings since its debut in 2000.
Since the first day of the Convention had to be canceled thanks to Hurricane Isaac, that means the opening acts of Oak Ridge Boys, Conrad Oberg, and Lynyrd Skynyrd will have to be move to different days.
The rest of the entertainment schedule released by the RNC for Tuesday through Thursday:
Tuesday, August 28
Philip Alongi — New Jersey native Philip Alongi is an exciting young tenor whose powerful voice matches his stature. He has performed over a dozen major operatic roles throughout the U.S.
Neal E. Boyd —Neal E. Boyd is an American pop opera singer. He is best known as the 2008 winner of “America’s Got Talent.” Neal resides in Missouri where he is a candidate for the State’s 160th House District Seat.
Lane Turner — Michael Lane Turner is an American singer-songwriter. Signed to Warner Bros. Records since 2004, he released two singles for the label, including “Always Wanting More,” which reached No. 56 on the Hot Country Songs charts in 2004.
Randy Owen — Randy Owen is an American country music artist. He is known primarily for his role as the lead singer of Alabama, a country rock band that saw considerable mainstream success throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
Jack Blades — Jack Martin Blades is an American musician. He has worked in several bands: Rubicon, Night Ranger, and Damn Yankees. He also recorded with Tommy Shaw under the name Shaw/Blades, and has done work alongside TMG, the Tak Matsumoto Group.
3 Doors Down —From that first explosive burst of Kryptonite which ignited their storied career at the top of last decade, to subsequent multi-platinum albums, and a non-stop touring regimen that finds them still notching shows around the world at a record pace, 3 Doors Down have earned a hard-fought pedigree as one of Rock’s most exciting and authentic radio icons.
Wednesday, August 29
Ayla Brown — Ayla Marie Brown is an American recording artist from Wrentham, Massachusetts and former NCAA basketball player. She is also known for her American Idol showing, placing in the Top 16 on season 5 in 2006.
Beau Davidson — Beau Davidson is an American recording artist, actor, and model. He has appeared on Country Music Television, Great American Country, MTV and Vh1, as well as television shows and print magazines.
The Katinas —The Katinas are a Contemporary Christian music group. The family of five brothers hails from American Samoa and moved to Washington after the death of their mother in 1988. They now reside in Nashville, Tennessee.
Danny Gokey —Daniel Jay — Danny — Gokey is an American country music singer and church music director from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the third place finalist on the eighth season of “American Idol.” His wife, Sophia, who encouraged him to try out for “American Idol,” died one month before his audition from a congenital heart condition. Danny established the Sophie’s Heart Foundation in her memory to make a positive impact on students’ lives through a Music and Arts Program
Thursday, August 30
The Mighty Sound of SEVEN - The acclaimed operatic talents and musical careers of Amick Byram, Charlie Harris, Frank Hernandez, John Cavazos, Kelly Ford, Phil Armstrong & Van Dobbins III have converged to form the vocal ensemble known as, SEVEN.
Taylor Hicks —Taylor Reuben Hicks is an American singer who won the fifth season of “American Idol.” Hicks got his start as a professional musician in his late teens and performed around the southeastern United States.
BeBe Winans — Benjamin “BeBe” Winans is a gospel and R&B singer. He is a multiple Grammy, Dove, NAACP, Soul Train and Stellar-Award winning member of the noted Winans family, most members of which are also gospel artists.
Tampa Gospel Choir
This Tampa Bay area choir is under the leadership of Marvin Winans, Jr.
The House Band — GE Smith & the GE Smith Band — George Edward “G. E.” Smith is an American guitarist, who was the lead guitarist in the band Hall & Oates and the musical director of Saturday Night Live. Smith was lead guitarist of Bob Dylan’s touring band from June 7, 1988 to October 19, 1990.
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