FRIENDS, FANS AND FOLLWERS AROUND THE COUNTRY WILL CELEBRATE THE 102ND BIRTHDAY OF LES PAULJune 9, 2017 by Les Paul Foundation
STUDENTS, VETS, MUSIC PARTNERS AND EVEN A CERTAIN ROCK STAR WILL RECOGNIZE THE “FATHER OF MODERN MUSIC” ON JUNE 9, 2017
New York, New York – June 8, 2017 – The Les Paul Foundation, whose mission is to honor the life, spirit and legacy of Les Paul through generations has announced multitude of celebrations across the country for Les Paul’s 102nd birthday. Students, veterans, music partners and others will celebrate what would have been the “Father of Modern Music’s” 102nd birthday on Friday June 9, 2017. From student’s singing Happy Birthday to a rock star receiving the Les Paul Spirit Award, Les Paul’s birthday will not be without pomp, circumstance and a lot of reflection on how one man changed the music industry forever.
Les Paul Middle School’s Little Kids Rock will be holding a concert as a tribute to Les Paul in Waukesha, Les’ hometown. The Soulsville Academy in Memphis, Tennessee will be celebrating the historic day by blowing out the candles on an official birthday cake and conducting a special Les Paul workshop. Guitars for Vets will host a tribute performance to Les in conjunction with a weekly street event that features nine stages. The Mahwah Museum in Mahwah, New Jersey where Les lived will host a tribute concert hosted by Lou Pallo of the Les Paul Trio. Discovery World will host Steve & Johnnie from Chicago’s WGN Radio. Steve & Johnnie wrote a book titled “A Little More Les.” At the Waukesha Park, the Forestry Department will be unveiling a new permanent Les Paul timeline marker located next to the Les Paul Performance center. Between the Waves Festival and Concert in Madison, WI will include a general session about Les Paul.
Other Les Paul Foundation partners and grantees including VH1 Save the Music, College of Saint Rose, Birch Creek Music Center, Hearing Health Foundation, Little Kids Rock, Litchfield Performing Arts Center, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Rowan University, Shell Lakes Arts center, Strings Attached and The Wisconsin School Music Association will also celebrate Les Paul’s 102nd birthday with increased social and website presence.
And on Friday, June 9th, 2017 at The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, U2’s The Edge will accept the 2nd Annual Les Paul Spirit Award prior to their headline concert. The Les Paul Spirit Award was given to Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir. This year U2’s The Edge will accept the honor at a special VIP presentation on Les Paul’s birthday. Michael Braunstein, Executive Director of The Les Paul Foundation will present the award.
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About the Les Paul Foundation
Les Paul formed his foundation as a means to encourage young people to pursue their curiosity and innovation about music, sound and engineering. Recent grants from the Les Paul Foundation include funding to multiple music education programs and to museums that tell the Les Paul story. The foundation’s comprehensive website at www.lespaulfoundation.org connects viewers to numerous resources. The mission of the Les Paul Foundation is to honor and share the life, spirit and legacy of Les Paul by supporting music education, engineering and innovation as well as medical research. The foundation is based in New York.
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