North Carolina native James Taylor was in Uptown Charlotte Monday morning prepping for a performance later in the day. He’ll headline CarolinaFest that kicks off official Democratic National Convention festivities. Taylor – who was sporting an Obama t-shirt – was on stage at Trade and Tryon around 8 sound checking “You’ve Got A Friend” to the surprise and delight of local fans. CarolinaFest is free and starts at noon. Other performers include The Blue Dogs, Simplified, and actor Jeff Bridges’ band. James Taylor is scheduled to go on at 5:15 on the Main Stage.