Ten-foot tall guitars will show up on the streets in Les Paul’s boyhood hometown beginning Friday, June 1st. Earlier this year the Gibson Guitar Company designated Waukesha as a Gibson GuitarTown. Other cities holding the GuitarTown designation are Nashville, Hollywood, London, Austin, Orlando, Miami and Cleveland (home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.)
Ten fiberglass Gibson Les Paul guitars that stand 10 feet tall are being decorated by regional artists. Many of the designs will celebrate the city’s connection to Les Paul. Additionally, 20 playable guitars have been artistically enhanced by renowned regional artists. All guitars will be on unveiled in downtown Waukesha beginning Friday, June 1st. Bidding for the guitars is available on line through the event’s website: www.waukeshaguitartown.com.
Thursday, May 31st will be a private Gala in historic downtown Waukesha, by ticket only. Friday, June 1st will be the public unveiling of the decorated 10 foot tall and the playable guitars.
The Les Paul Trio and Russ Paul will perform at the events in Waukesha. Russ has agreed to meet visitors on Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd at the site of the Les Paul Memorial in Waukesha’s Prairie Home Cemetery. Multiple other activities are noted on the event’s website.