Gibson Guitar to Provide Buses for RNC



Politico reports that libertarian darling Gibson Guitar Corporation, in conjunction with the Heritage Foundation, will offer "hospitality tour buses" at this year's Republican National Convention shindig in Tampa, Fla.

The Aug. 29 event will feature a bevy of Red State-approved acts, including Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Trace Adkins.

Other artists such as Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Randolph and Night Ranger may also appear. There will also be another major act for the closing night "Wheels Up" party that’s still to be announced. Sponsors include the National Energy Institute, Amway, Southern Company; the American Action Network and Citizens United. Liberty Plaza's production partner is PRG, the concert production and touring company responsible for lighting U2's 360 and Madonna's current tour.

The location will also be home to invitation-only events for groups such as the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, the House GOP whip team and Gov. Nikki Haley (R-S.C.). Late night concerts will benefit the Navy Seal Foundation, the Wounded Warrior Project and other veterans programs. Gibson Guitar and The Heritage Foundation will also have hospitality tour buses on hand. "Liberty Plaza is excited that we have the opportunity to honor our nation's heroes and celebrate the sacrifices they made for the freedom we have today," said Ron Bonjean, spokesman for the group.

The venue can fit up to 3,500 people and will offer private air conditioned hospitality lounges. Sponsor packages, including tickets for every night start, at $10,000.

Gibson became a cause célèbre among conservatives following an August, 2011 federal raid on several of the company's Tennessee facilities for alleged violations of the Lacey Act.

Let's hope Skynyrd asks Mitt Romney to do backup on the inevitable "Freebird" rendition.

(H/t Joey Garrison, via "Lisa," via Real Life)

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