Mon, 05/13/2013 - 9:10 am

Julien's Auctions, the world’s premier music and entertainment memorabilia auction house along with Hard Rock Cafe New York has announced a rare exhibit including remarkable music memorabilia to display for press TODAY, Monday, May 13, 2013 from 11 am – 5 pm and Tuesday, and May 14, 2013 from 11 am – 5 pm. The exhibit precedes the Julien’s Auctions Music Icons auction event to take place at Hard Rock Cafe New York on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The exhibit will feature an exceptional array of memorabilia from music’s biggest artists which will be offered during the highly anticipated auction. The highlight of the exhibit and auction is a very rare VOX guitar played by two legendary Beatles.The rare VOX guitar played by both John Lennon and George Harrison is what rock n’ roll legends are made of. The striking custom guitar built by Mike Bennett and Dickey Denney was gifted to “Magic Alex” Mardas by John Lennon in 1967. Harrison played the guitar while practicing “I am the Walrus” during The Magical Mystery Tour and by Lennon while recording a video session for “Hello, Goodbye.” The spectacular piece of Beatles history is estimated to bring $200,000-300,000) and offers collectors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own one of the rarest pieces of Beatles memorabilia to ever be offered.Other memorabilia in the exhibit includes items from Elvis Presley, David Bowie, The Grateful Dead, Madonna, Jimi Hendrix, David Cassidy, Bette Midler, Beyoncé, Michael Jackson and so much more. Press will have the exclusive opportunity to view the memorabilia before it is auctioned by Julien’s Auctions on Saturday, May 18th.WHO: Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s AuctionsWHAT: Rare music memorabilia exhibit featuring highlights from the upcoming Julien’s Auctions Music Icons event.WHEN: PRESS EXHIBIT: Monday, May 13, 2013 from 11 am – 5 pm & Tuesday, May 14, 2013 from 11am – 5 pmAUCTION: Saturday, May 18, 2013 beginning at 10am EST.WHERE: Hard Rock Cafe New York, 1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036 Phone: 212-343-3355General public can view the exhibition from Monday, May 13th through Saturday May 18th, 2013 beginning at 11 am at Hard Rock Cafe New York. Julien’s Auction will host The Music Icons Auction on Saturday, May 18th with Session I beginning at 10 am and Session II beginning at 2 pm EST. For more information on the auction and to view the catalog please go to www.juliensauctions.comAuctioneer: Daniel Kruse/License Number: 1250129MUSIC ICONS AUCTIONHard Rock Cafe New YorkPresented by Julien’s AuctionsSaturday May 18, 2013Beginning at 10 am EST

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 10:26 am

The Les Paul Foundation continues to change the face of music through various grants awarded to organizations around the country. The foundation's support of Guitars for Vets, a program headquartered in Milwaukee, helps in supporting veterans who graduate from its programs obtain guitars. Throughout his life Les Paul was an innovator who invented multi-track recording and the solid body electric guitar. He was interested in music education, engineering and medical research through his entire life. Pictured here is Patrick Netteshelm (r) founder of Guitars for Vets with a student of the program. Information on Guitars for Vets can be found at www.guitars4vets.org. The second photo features founder Patrick Netteshelm with his favorite Les Paul guitar. For more information on the Les Paul Foundation go to www.lespaulfoundation.org.

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 12:51 pm

The producers of the SOLD OUT Official “100th Anniversary of Les Paul,” musical event announced an additional limited quantity of more tickets to go on sale today, Monday, May 4, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. EST via ticketweb.com. Due to the high demand and pleas from Les Paul fans for tickets, The Les Paul Foundation was able to offer a limited amount of more tickets to the event for sale. Once the tickets offered today are gone there will not be any more available.  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 to be held at Hard Rock Cafe New York. Music icons including Joe Bonamassa, Warren Haynes, Steve Miller, Joe Satriani, Journey’s Neal Schon, Steve Vai, guitar virtuoso Johnny A, Count’s 77 and Lou Pallo and the Les Paul Trio will appear at the event. Ken Dashow from Q104 will emcee and stars of rock n’ roll will also attend. Ticketed guests will also have the opportunity to visit Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience, a 53’ interactive state-of-the-art journey through music with Les Paul that will be parked for the day in Times Square. Red carpet begins at 6:00 p.m. EST and the show will begin at 8:00 p.m.

The event, which will benefit the Les Paul Foundation, has limited capacity and ticket holders will get to experience a historical musical event of epic proportions.

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.

The Hard Rock Cafe New York has also 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.

Guests of the June 9th special event will be the first to see videos from some of rock n’ roll’s  most famous faces including  Slash, Sammy Hagar, HEART’s Nancy Wilson, Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir, Richie Sambora and other friends of Les Paul.  

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. For more information on all the events and programs scheduled go to www.les-paul.com

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 11:00 am

The Les Paul 100th Anniversary year officially kicked off in Times Square New York on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015. This is the same day the late, great Les Paul would have turned 100 years old. The day long festivities closed out the night with a star-studded red carpet and a musical celebration that brought together some of the world’s most legendary guitarists and musicians all on one stage to pay homage to Les Paul, the innovator, inventor, musician and legend.