CLEVELAND – The action at the Republican National Convention isn’t over when the last speaker leaves the stage each night.
Thousands of delegates fan out across the city to scores of parties, some featuring big league entertainment. On Monday night, the House of Blues downtown and Jacobs Pavilion along Lake Erie kept rocking early into the morning.
The Band Perry isn’t quite my brand of country (I’m more of the outlaw country type), but they put on an energetic and high-energy show at Jacobs Pavillion. A cover of the Eurythmics 80’s smash “Sweet Dreams” was a set highlight.
A couple of hours earlier, Oklahoma “red dirt” country band Turnpike Troubadours also rocked delegates at the House of Blues. If you like tight harmonies, fiddle and accordion in your country music, check them out.
New Orleans veteran rockers Better than Ezra had the unenviable task of following Turnpike Trouba’dours. The band made famous in the 90’s for their inescapable hit single “Good,” played a game set but their tunes seemed a little tired.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland police oversaw a post-convention scene on the streets that was blessedly calm last night. I can’t say enough about the jobs the cops and and everyone associated with this event in Cleveland has done – at least so far.
Today, I’m heading to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to catch back up with New Mexico delegates. They’re having lunch and taking a tour. I’ll make sure to get some photos of New Mexico’s favorite Republicans. Meanwhile, catch up with the delegation’s latest floor action here.