Sen. Carper reveals past life as concert promoter

altWhen he wasn’t hitting the books, or campaigning for former Sen. Eugene McCarthy (D-Minn.) in the 1968 presidential race, Sen. Thomas Carper was pursuing another passion as a student at Ohio State University: Concert promoter.

The Delaware Democrat reveals he has been a music buff since his college days: “My first concert that I ever promoted was at Ohio State. And I did it when I ran for state treasurer, when I ran for Congress.”

And the concerts didn’t stop once Carper got to Congress in 2001.

The senior senator says he was involved in getting the rock group Little Feat to perform for a 2004 event. But the biggest band that the lawmaker says he was “peripherally involved” with booking was The Fray.

The Grammy award-nominated group is behind such chart toppers as “How to Save a Life” and “You Found Me.”

Although his congressional duties probably keep him from groupie status, Carper recalls getting to spend some time with The Fray’s members: “We were backstage with the band in Denver talking to them, and their parents were back there. It was rock n’ roll stars and their parents were there! You don’t expect to see that with rock n’ roll bands. Really good people.”

Maybe once a concert promoter, always a promoter because Carper still seems to keep an eye out for the hottest acts.

When telling a group of reporters about his recent 65th birthday party plans, he ticked off a list of Delaware-based bands scheduled to play at his bash.

Carper said excitedly, “I love promoting concerts. It’s all Delaware bands. One’s called Love Seed Mama Jump. They’re a legendary Delaware band.”