How do you get cardigans and pearls to the Rock and Roll Hotel? “Karaoke in the Capital”… DC’s bravest media types took center stage last night for charity.
Donning a cowboy hat, a “Fort Worth Star Telegram” belt buckle, a leather belt that read “Schieffer” and a new beard, CBS’ Bob Schieffer took the stage with duet partner Lauren Moses to sing “Jackson” by Johnny Cash and June Carter. Moses was Schieffer’s ringer- a professional country musician, she has a CD “Fall With Me.”
“Of all the awards I’ve won, this was the most unexpected,” Schieffer said accepting the “Best Duet” award.
The “Best Media Performance” award went to TWT‘s “Green and Glover” columnists Stephanie Green and Liz Glover who sang Madonna’s “Material Girl,” complete with tiaras. Green did an encore performance with Examiner “Yeas and Nays” columnists Nikki Schwab and Tara Palmeri.
We caught up with Politics Daily’s editor-in-chief Melinda Henneberger just as she was about to hit the stage- she said she was shocked Pat Benatar didn’t show to sing with her. Politics Daily publicist and public relations consultant Sue Bennett was there though, joining Henneberger for “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” which won them the “Don’t Quit Your Day Job” award.
One of our favorite performances of the night was their colleague at Politic’s Daily- Lynn Sweet, who sang (and danced to) the Rolling Stones’ “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction.”
Politico‘s Jonathan Martin and Kiki Ryan weren’t on the playbill, but couldn’t resist the karaoke, doing a surprise rendition of “Summer of ’69.”
Congress Daily’s Carrie Dann, Erin McPike, Kasie Hunt and Anna Edmey closed the night with a karaoke classic, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
Other performances were by Mother Jones’ David Corn, TPM‘s Christina Bellantoni, Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz and Politico‘s Chris Frates.
And there were plenty there just to watch, including Emily Miller, Scott Mulhauser, Sasha Issenberg, Lizzie O’Leary and Kaylee Hartung.
“Karaoke in the Capital” was hosted by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) Mid-Atlantic Chapter and proceeds benefit Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.
For now, check out the highlight reel. We’ll have more video, including Schieffer and Sweet, up shortly.