New York, NY (March 25, 2015)—While Les Paul, inventor of sound-on-sound recording and the solid-body electric guitar, died in 2009, his memory and innovations live on. Now the Les Paul Foundation has unveiled ambitious plans for a year-long celebration of the inventor, which will kick off on the day that would’ve been his 100th birthday—June 9, 2015.
The Les Paul Foundation’ official “100th Birthday of Les Paul” efforts, running through May of 2016, will include a musical launch event in New York, a national PSA campaign giving youth a chance to “Pledge to Invent,” a tribute concert in New York City, a new interactive website, several re-releases of Les Paul’s music, educational grants, media promotions and the kick-off of a national tour aptly called “Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience.”
The first stop of “Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience” mobile tour will be in Times Square on the launch event’s day, June 9. The 53’ foot, interactive mobile exhibit will be on Broadway and 44th Street and be open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., free to the public. Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience will provide 1,000 square feet for visitors to explore music, sound and technology innovations in a hands-on, interactive experience. Visitors will be able to mix and share music as they discover Les Paul. The mobile tour will visit cities across the country until late May 2016.
Scheduled events and programs to kick off the “Les Paul 100th Birthday” celebration on June 9, 2015 will include the official unveiling of “Les Paul Day” in New York as well as Paul’s hometown of Waukesha, Wisconsin and Nashville, Tennessee. Later that evening an official 100th birthday party for Les Paul will take place in Times Square at the Hard Rock Cafe New York, featuring performances by Steve Miller, Joan Jett, Joe Satriani and more. A red carpet arrival will begin at 6pm followed by a special ticketed musical event inside.
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