DNC Band Steals The Show

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The hard-hitting political speeches are not the only thing generating a buzz year's Democratic National Convention (DNC), the political elite are sharing the spotlight with another big hit: the music. Tell Me More takes a look at Ray Chew and the Crew. The popular DNC house band has convention goers grooving to everything from Lenny Kravitz to Kool and the Gang.


I'm Cheryl Corley, and all this week we've been ending our show with music related to this year's Democratic National Convention. And today we want to bring you some music directly from the convention. The house band has a crowd dancing to its covers of songs by everyone from Stevie Wonder to Lenny Kravitz. The band, Ray Chew and the Crew, was flown in from New York for the occasion. They might look familiar. They were the house band for "Showtime at the Apollo," where Chew was the music director. So here's Chew and the Crew playing that all-time Election Night hit, Kool and the Gang's "Celebration."


CHEW AND THE CREW: (Singing) Celebrate good times, come on There's a party going on right here A celebration to last throughout the years So bring your good times and your laughter too We're gonna celebrate and party with you Come on now, celebration Let's celebrate and have a good time Celebration, we're gonna celebrate and have a good time It's time to come together, it's up to you, what's your pleasure Everyone around the world, come on It must be a celebration, whoo hoo! It's a celebration, whoo hoo...

CORLEY: Go ahead, continue dancing, and you can hear NPR's live coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Denver on many public radio stations and at npr.org. That's our program for today. I'm Cheryl Corley and this is Tell Me More from NPR News. Let's talk more tomorrow.

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