by: Kathryn Burcham Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Celebrities and politicians are pouring into Charlotte and visiting several local nightspots.
The musical group the Roots headlined a private party at Amos' South End, with soul musician Allen Scott opening the set.
Will.i.am, from the Black Eyed Peas, also performed at Amos'. The performance honored three local start-up companies.
A soggy start to the night meant a wet red carpet, but Scott said he didn't mind.
"(Coming from Seattle), we feel like we brought a little bit of it with us, with all this rain ... but Charlotte, it's all good, we like it," Scott said.
CSI actor Hill Harper and former lobbyist Jack Abramoff also attended the festivities.
Across town, "Entourage" star Adrian Grenier joined in the party at the NC Music Factory, where celebrity all-star rock group Camp Freddy played the stage outside Butter.
An after-party at the Elder Gallery in South End was expected to draw several other celebrities and politicians.