A Few Events that We’re Excited About at the DNC in Philly


As we hope all of our readers know at this point, Philadelphia is about to be the center of the Democratic universe next week. People from around the country (and probably the world) will be descending on Philly for what many insiders are calling “the big show”–and with good reason: The Sports Complex (where they’ll be holding the actual convention) has been a fortress for the last 3 weeks; roads are being shut down; hotel rooms and apartments are scarce; and there’s going to be a lot of really cool stuff to do.

Here are a few of our favorites, as curated by DMGS’s Manager of Special Projects, Brett Goldman:


What: Philly Feast, United We Eat

Where:  Arch Street & N 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
When: Monday July 25th 2016, 11:00am to 3:00pm

Food is key in Philly. We’re known for it. Philly Feast will be no exception: a Night Market-style food truck festival that will take place during the day and will kick off Convention Week. The festival will include a diverse lineup of locally-based food trucks, live music, and retail vendors. The event will bring together Convention guests, volunteers and Philadelphia residents on the first day of the Convention. You might find me here eating lunch.


What: How Tech and Data are Changing Politics

Where: McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks – 1 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107

When: Sunday, July 24th at 5pm

Sponsored by Organizer, this event is bringing together a panel of experts at the intersection of Tech and Politics. The discussion is slated to cover how technology has changed and is driving political campaigns both from a tactical standpoint and a strategic standpoint as well as how to mobilize voters using the means we have today. As someone that remembers campaigns before smart phones, this makes life so much easier. Also, I know Chris Kelly, he was the first Chief Privacy Officer at Facebook so you know the discussion is going to get interesting..

Panel includes:

  • Chris Kelly – Silicon Valley Investor,
  • Lucy Flores – Former Nevada Assemblywoman,
  • Brent Blackaby – Co-Founder of Trilogy Interactive


What: NLC @ DNC: A Millennial Issues Forum
Where: The Franklin Institute, Franklin Theater, 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
When: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 , 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Millennials are front and center in the 2016 elections. As the largest voting bloc in the country, millennials are fundamentally changing the course of elections and public policy impacting communities across the country.

Please join NLC/NLC4 and our partners Comcast NBCUniversal and CAL Innovates for NLC @ DNC, a forum on millennial issues focusing on innovation and national issues in the election. This conversation will feature leaders from the NLC/NLC4 community over the last 10 years.

Full disclosure: Brett is a Senior Leadership Trainer with NLC and serves on their Ambassador Committee, but that’s all the more reason to go!


What: Rock the Vote’s Truth to Power

Where: 990 Spring Garden Street

When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday, July 25th through Wednesday, July 27
Tired of the stuffy politico party? This is where to go then. The launch event for Rock the Vote’s Truth to Power campaign. Truth to Power seeks to engage and mobilize young people in the 2016 election, beginning with artists and activists from across the nation coming together against the backdrop of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

In partnership with #Cut50 and other national and community partners, Rock the Vote will host a large-scale pop-up art exhibition, discussion forum and live performances designed to elevate and illuminate the most pressing issues facing young people in the United States today.

I’m really excited about this one. I saw a preview of the art installation and it’s going to be really powerful (and there are going to be some very cool people there…)


What: The Last Jimmy – A Hip Hop Musical

Where: The Proscenium Theatre at The Drake – 302 South Hicks Street Closest Cross Streets – 15th and Spruce, Philadelphia, PA 19102

When: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM – Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

Arts and Music are going to be key at the DNC this year. This event is not one to miss. Karl Dice Raw Jenkins of the Legendary Roots Crew is returning home to Philadelphia, with the powerful hip hop musical The Last Jimmy, co-created and written by Phil Brown and inspired by Dr. Michelle Alexander’s book “The New Jim Crow”.

The Last Jimmy, sponsored by the Knight Foundation, will have a special six day run at the new Proscenium Theatre at The Drake, during the Democratic National Convention, July 26th through July 29th at 7PM, and July 30th and 31st at 2PM. VIP Reception to follow after the July 26th Talk Back, sponsored by Conshohocken Brewery.

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