Skip to comments.Are We Having A Ball Yet?: The Inaugural Party Bubble Bursts (Memphis Gold fill in for Foxx, Slash)
Posted on 01/20/2009 3:34:46 PM PST by Libloather
Are We Having A Ball Yet?: The Inaugural Party Bubble Bursts
Don't you hate it when you pop a bottle of champagne and it's flat?
So, too, with some of these inaugural balls.
If you nabbed a ticket to one of the official balls sponsored by the Presidential Inaugural Committee tonight, you're fine. But some of the other high-profile parties have been canceled or are still scrambling to cut costs and sell last-minute tickets, leaving ballgoers disappointed or out in the cold.
The People's Ball at the Grand Hyatt announced a blue-light special yesterday: Tickets slashed $100 -- to $250! The American Music Ball, hosted by Dionne Warwick, which planned two big-name events at the Marriott Wardman Park, was scrambling to sell enough tickets ($450 for the Legends ball with George Clinton, Chaka Khan and the Temptations; $350 for the Urban ball with Ludacris, Fantasia, and Cedric the Entertainer) for the show to go on -- and it wasn't looking good last night, said sources.
The "Heroes Red, White & Blue" Ball at the Warner Theatre with Jamie Foxx, rapper Nas, guitarist Slash, and gospel star Donnie McClurkin scrapped its entire lineup and subbed in a band called Memphis Gold, reports our colleague Richard Leiby. "There will be a performance, but not as previously listed," said publicist Linda Roth. Ditto for the after-party with disco stars Chic, who were stunned by the sudden cancellation. Singer Sylver Logan Sharp told us in an e-mail: "I can't express how sick I am over this."
And the Veterans Ball at the St. Regis Hotel? Canceled -- and promoter Dante Hayes is nowhere to be found, the Navy Times reported yesterday.
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Memphis Gold? Are they related to the Countdown Mixmasters?
I gotcher official balls right here.
These people don’t tip either ...
My son was telling me that the kids in his High School had already begun to disrespect Obama for going soft on some of his promises...
I thought Cedric the Entertainer was deceased, but then again, I’m sure he voted anyway, so why not “entertain” as well...
Only Bernie Mac can rescue these cancelled balls!
No, they don’t tip. My son waits tables. Even the black waiters are furious when they get black customers because they KNOW they’re not getting a tip...or maybe they’ll get a couple of dollars.
So......when I eat out, I don’t tip the black waiters. I figure I’m taking back what his brothers took from my son’s
efforts. I guess you could say I’m “spreading the wealth.”
I don’t know about the other guy.
I wonder how many of these balls were scams to collect money upfront and then the organizer skips town?
“Ditto for the after-party with disco stars Chic”
Chic does not exist without Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson (RIP)
Common Sense .......any memories of Common Sense out there?
You’re thinking about Bernie Mac.