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Things to do today at the Tampa RNC (Aug. 28)

Camp Freddy: Because the show by this rock cover band supergroup got bumped from Monday to today by storm worries, guitarist Dave Navarro and bassist Chris Chaney will miss the gig, since their other band, Jane's Addiction, has a concert in Utah tonight. Camp Freddy guitarist and mastermind Billy Morrison (the Cult) says delegates will still be in for a treat. He's planning to bring five guest performers, including a secret headliner who's an arena-filling rocker in his own right, to the 1 OAK pop-up nightclub at Curtis Hixon Park tonight. Invite only.

RNC opens: Young operatic tenor Philip Elongi, whom you might recognize from singing at the funeral Mass of Tim Russert, opens with the National Anthem at 2 p.m.

Trace Adkins: The country crooner will perform in Liberty Plaza tonight at the downtown Tampa concert space created in the parking lot at the corner of Morgan and Whiting streets. Invite only.

Gavin DeGraw: The pop hero and Dancing With the Stars vet will headline the Presidential Convention Charity Benefit as part of the Musicians on Call organization. The invitation-only gig, which will also feature DJ StoneRokk, will go down at the Dallas Bull. Go to for more information (or to beg for tickets).

Rosario Dawson: The actor, who is the co-founder of Voto Latino, is speaking at the Hispanic Leadership Network's Red, White y Tu events today. (She'll also be at the DNC next week). Other notables there will include former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida at a lunch reception and Sen. Marco Rubio as the featured speaker at 5 p.m. at HLN's Tapas, Tequila, and Tropical Tunes event. Invite only.

James O'Keefe: The conservative filmmaker and activist, who famously went incognito as a pimp in attempts to catch left-leaning groups such as ACORN in the midst of perceived mischief, will be the guest of honor at an exclusive luncheon today sponsored by the James Madison Institute at 717 South on S Howard Avenue in Tampa. Invite only.

Montgomery Gentry: The country duo performs for the Republican Governors Association at Stumps Supper Club in Tampa at 10 tonight. Invite only.

Homocon: GOProud, a gay-rights Republican group, is giving a party at the Honey Pot nightclub in Ybor City tonight. Go to for info.

Rock the Vote/StartUp RockOn: Superstar DJ Steve Aoki is headlining a Rock the Vote/StartUp RockOn concert tonight at 6 p.m. at the Amphitheatre in Ybor City. Sold out.

Funniest Celebrity in Washington: Antitax crusader Grover Norquist will headline this comedy night at 11:30 p.m. at the Improv, a kickoff for the 2013 version of this annual D.C. contest. $14 at the door. Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa.

Treasure Life Event: Phyllis Schlafly, founder of the Republican National Coalition for Life, and Family Research Council Action president Tony Perkins will honor the antiabortion contributions of Rep. Louie Gohmert and former presidential candidates Sen. Rick Santorum, Rep. Michele Bachmann and Gov. Rick Perry at 10 a.m., followed by a lunch buffet at the Florida Aquarium. Invite only.

'Morning Joe' hosts talk on journalism: Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's Morning Joe, and co-host Mika Brzezinski, will give a talk and take questions at this sold-out fundraiser for the Poynter Institute's journalism programs at the Carillon Hilton in St. Petersburg.

Things to do today at the Tampa RNC (Aug. 28) 08/27/12 [Last modified: Monday, August 27, 2012 10:19pm]
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