Stars of Rock n’ Roll Set to Perform at 100th Anniversary of Les Paul CelebrationApril 22, 2015 by Les Paul Foundation
Stars o f Rock n’ Roll Set to Perform at 100th Anniversary of Les Paul Celebration
Huge Star-Studded Celebration Kicks Off in Times Square and Launches A Year of Exciting Programs and Events in Honor of Les Paul
Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience Will Be in Times Square All Day for Fans to Visit
Tuesday – June 9th, 2015
New York, New York– (April 22, 2015) – Legendary stars of rock n’ roll will star in an epic musical celebration scheduled for Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 for the 100th Anniversary of Les Paul Celebration in New York. Fans of Les Paul will have the opportunity to rub elbows with some of the most famous names in music at the official kick-off event. Musical legends including Steve Miller, Journey’s Neal Schon, Steve Vai, Joe Bonamassa, Chickenfoot’s Joe Satriani, Count’s 77, Johnny A, Lou Pallo and others will perform at the event. Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes, North Mississippi Allstars’ Luther Dickinson, Marky Ramone, GRAMMY Award winning producer Jack Douglass, Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French, Jackie “the Joke Man” Martling, Jefferson Starship’s Mickey Thomas and many more will also attend the event. Radio personality Ken Dashow will emcee. Tickets for the event are limited and now available at www.ticketweb.com. Ticketholders will have the chance to witness one of the most historical moments in music and hang with some of music’s most legendary artists. More musical artists will be announced over the next few weeks also.
Les Paul was the father of the solid body electric guitar – the inventor of multitrack recording, overdubbing (also known as sound on sound), delay effects, electronic echo and many other recording innovations that today’s recording artists use every day. Musicians from every genre have credited Les Paul for their careers. Numerous museum exhibits and awards continue to celebrate the innovations and accomplishments of Les Paul.
Also on June 9th, 2015 fans in Times Square will have the chance to visit Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience, a 53 foot interactive state-of-the-art mobile exhibit that will be parked on Broadway and 44th and be open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,free to the public. Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience offers 1,000 square feet for visitors to explore music, sound and technology innovations in a hands-on, entertaining interactive experience. Visitors will be able to mix and share music as they discover Les Paul. The mobile tour will then leave New York to visit cities across the country until late May 2016. A VIP Les Paul party at The Iridium will close out the night. The Iridium is where Les Paul played every Monday night up until his passing.
The Hard Rock Cafe New York has created a limited edition collectible pin honoring Les Paul. The replica pin is of the guitar pick Les Paul designed and handmade using sand paper for a better grip. The oversized pick pin will be sold at the New York retail location exclusively. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the pins will benefit The Les Paul Foundation.
The Les Paul Foundation will also re-issue four definitive Les Paul albums digitally. These original recordings from Capitol Records will celebrate the famous musician’s most popular tunes. The Les Paul Foundation will also launch “The Hitmakers,” a special collectible vinyl Les Paul release and three previously unreleased LPs.
The official 100th Birthday Celebration of Les Paul will be one of the most historical moments in music history. For over three years the Les Paul Foundation has been planning events and program which will continue the legacy of Les Paul, bring about excitement to explore and invent and remind people that Les Paul changed the face of music in many ways. Other programs, grants and events will be announced throughout the year.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
10:00 am – New York is proclaimed “Les Paul Day” officially
10:30 am – Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience opens in New York’s Times Square
6:00 pm – Star Studded Red Carpet begins outside of Hard Rock Cafe New York
8:00 pm – Show begins at Hard Rock Cafe live venue
Late night – Private jam session at The Iridium
For more information on all the events and programs scheduled go to www.les-paul.com
To purchase tickets go to www.ticketweb.com
About the Les Paul 100th Anniversary
Les Paul was an innovator who inspired creativity throughout his life. As the inventor of the solid body electric guitar, multi-track recording, over-dubbing (sound on sound) and numerous other recording techniques, he left an unmistakable mark on the music industry and for future generations. The Les Paul 100th Anniversary is a year-long to celebration of Les Paul’s life and will include major events and programs, tours, promotional campaigns, education grants and marketing initiatives that will secure his legacy for generations. The Les Paul website has been re-launched and includes interactive opportunities for guests to experience along with the late, great Les Paul as well as new merchandise. For more information and up-to-date schedules of the official Les Paul 100th Anniversary activities go to www.les-paul.com or lespaulfoundation.org.