We've all wondered about the delay in announcing the musical acts for CarolinaFest, the public festival uptown on Labor Day that will act as a welcoming party for the Democratic National Convention.
Now The Hollywood Reporter claims we can blame MTV's Video Music Awards for the wait. According to reports being picked up on other convention-watching sites, the VMA will air Sept. 6, the same night President Barack Obama will accept the party's nomination. So headline musical acts will be in Los Angeles getting ready and won't be available to entertain in Charlotte, at the stages on Tryon Street or at any of the other convention events.
In 2008, a number of musicians, including Sheryl Crow, Nelly and Death Cab for Cutie performed in Denver during the convention. But some of the organizations that put on those events, have cut back this year to save money for other campaign initiatives.
And, as Hollywood Reporter was happy to point out, it's not as easy to travel between Charlotte and Los Angeles, especially at the end of the long music-touring season. The Reporter quoted one Democratic activist as saying, "Charlotte is not Denver." But that activist speculated that Obama might still be able to put out an invitation to a star performer and have it answered: "My guess is (the convention) might not be the star fest that it once was, but it will still command some star power."
At least the Huffington Post says that MTV will keep the VMA broadcast between 8 and 10 p.m., so it won't interrupt Obama's speech, expected to happen about 10 p.m. EDT.