First it was Willie Nelson headlining the ballyhooed Got Your 6 gala at the Dallas Bull during the Republican National Convention. Then Willie dropped out, and Randy Travis got involved — that is, before the country star got into trouble, not to mention naked and arrested, down in north Texas last Tuesday.
Now hip-hop icon Wyclef Jean is the latest star to sign up to help Got Your 6, a nonpartisan organization that assists the military reintegrate into civilian life. The former Fugee, and Haitian hero, will play Aug. 29 at the Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa.
The night is co-sponsored by Got Your 6 and Lifetime Television, and will be co-hosted by Meghan and Cindy McCain, plus Republican governors and members of Congress. The late-night party will run from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. As well as Wyclef's gig, Meghan will be signing copies of her new book, America, You Sexy B----. It all sounds super cool, but alas, unless you get your paws on a limited invite — or you happen to be John McCain — you'll be stuck at home playing Wyclef's Carnival album on repeat.
In other RNC rock 'n' roll news: U.S. Rep. Ron Paul may be a longshot in the upcoming presidential election, but he has our vote for the GOPer with the hippest taste in music. Blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, brother of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, will be the headliner at Paul's We Are the Future rally at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa on Aug. 26.
The Roncentric rah-rahing will go from noon to 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome, and tickets are free, but you have to register at eventbrite.com to get a chance to see Vaughan, one of the great underrated bluesmen, pick his signature Tex-Mex Stratocaster.
Later that night, Vaughan and Blues Traveler's John Popper will join Paul at Ferg's Bar and Grill in St. Petersburg for a Liberty Rock After-Party. That will be a much more exclusive shindig, however. Go to www.ronpaul2012.com for more information.
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