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Tony Bennett, Pelosi, John Legend, and More Party at the DNC

The Democratic National Convention party scene kicked up several notches on Monday night, as the politicians arrived in town and corporations threw lavish bashes all around the city.

The evening kicked off with a concert at the Fillmore Music Center, where Tony Bennett performed to honor House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's 25th year in Congress with about 800 other attendees. Your intrepid party reporter shared a cab there with Illinois Rep. Jerry Costello, his wife, Georgia, his son, and his very nervous communications person. (Pro tip: That's what happens when the desperation for a taxi outweighs a lawmaker's dislike of the press.)

The Distilled Spirits Council threw its own invitation-only event at the North Carolina Music Factory, where the band, Camp Freddy, played what the Alley heard was a fantastic set. (One of its members, Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers dined at Capital Grille on Sunday). DISCUS guests smoked cigars and drank liquor, of course. Lots of Jagermeister was on hand. Bar closed at 1am.

Duke Energy and AT&T hosted a fancy cocktail party at the NASCAR Hall of Fame with DJ Nick Cannon and a performance by John Legend. Tony Podesta joked earlier in the day at his farmhouse chic brunch that Monday night presented the tough partying choice of deciding whether to watch Tony Bennett versus John Legend sing.

The youngsters (including Obama bundlers) and the tech crowd headed to Amos Southend for a long, energetic performance by The Roots. Spotted: Former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. who told the Alley that he's now teaching at NYU and may run for office again (unclear when, how, or what seat); Ronnie Cho, the White House's Associate Director of the Office of Public Engagement; and Liba Rubenstein, Tumblr's new-ish director of outreach for causes and politics. StartUp RockOn, a campaign backed by a group of tech companies, held an party at the Elder Gallery.

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