George E. Norcross, III, a member of the Democratic National Committee and the chairman of Camden’s Cooper University Healthcare and the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, announced Wednesday that Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz, and DJ Jazzy Jeff will perform at Camden Rising, a concert just hours before Secretary Hillary Clinton is expected to accept the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.
Tickets for the event on Thursday, July 28, 2016, will be made available to all convention delegates and thousands of invited guests. Secretary Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, Democratic elected officials, and party leaders from across the country will be invited to join thousands of convention delegates and local supporters at the concert.
“As the world turns its attention to the Democratic National Convention, and hours before Secretary Clinton becomes the first woman to be the presidential nominee of a major party, we wanted to say thank you to the hard working women and men who have made the Democratic Party truly representative of America,” Norcross said in a statement.
“With the Philadelphia skyline in the background, it is a perfect time to bring Camden out of the shadows for the country to see what can be done to rebuild even the most troubled of our cities. The transformation of Camden highlights the hard work of many, including the building and trade craftsmen who are committed to rebuilding urban areas throughout America.”
Norcross will join his brother, Congressman Donald W. Norcross, in casting his vote as a super delegate for Secretary Clinton at the convention. Congressman Norcross, who represents Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties in Congress, will also attend the concert as a special guest.
Since 2010, community, government, religious, and business leaders have unified in an unprecedented way to take action to revitalize the City of Camden. The rapid and dramatic changes have won the city national plaudits for its turnaround, including coverage in the New York Times, CNN, NBC Nightly News, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. In a May 2015, visit to the city, President Obama stated “I’ve come here to Camden to do something that might have been unthinkable just a few years ago — and that’s to hold you up as a symbol of promise for the nation.”
PhillyVoice.com is the official media partner of Camden Rising, and the concert is funded by Convention 2016, an account of General Majority PAC, supported by labor and business leaders from Philadelphia and New Jersey. Susan McCue, former Chief of Staff to US Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and co-founder of Senate Majority PAC, serves as President of General Majority PAC.
Camden Rising is believed to be one of the biggest entertainment bashes in the history of Democratic conventions and will energize delegates and supporters. Live Nation will host and produce the concert at the 23,000 seat BB&T Pavilion in Camden. The show will begin early afternoon. Philadelphia legend DJ Jazzy Jeff will entertain the audience prior to the show and during intermission. The BB&T is just minutes away by car, ferry and high speed line public transportation from Center City Philadelphia and the DNC Convention site in South Philadelphia.
“We are really proud and appreciative that this group has chosen BB&T for this very special event,” said Geoff Gordon, regional president of Live Nation. “We’re excited to bring thousands of people visiting us for the DNC to a venue that sits proudly in Camden, New Jersey, along the Delaware River with a great view of downtown Philadelphia."
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