Les Paul 100th Festival Features Rick Nielsen, Greg Koch, Johnny A, JD Simo
Did you get your invite? They’re throwing a party Thursday, August 6, in Waukesha, Wisconsin -- just outside of Milwaukee -- for one of the most influential figures in the history of the guitar industry. Guitarist and inventor Les Paul, who was born in Waukesha and lived there until he was 19, would have turned 100 on August 12. Les died at age 94 in 2009.
The Les Paul 100th Festival will feature live musical performances by Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, guitar virtuosos Greg Koch and Johnny A, singer-songwriter Willy Porter, and Nashville session guitarist and vintage guitar nut J.D. Simo.
Guitar players of all ages and skill levels are invited to join a mass guitar strum-along to kick off The Les Paul 100th music celebration.
“This festival displays everything that Les was about: creativity, invention, intellectual curiosity and, above all, music,” said Greg Koch who headlines the festival. “Everyone making music today is completely indebted to Les.”
The Les Paul 100th Festival will be held the night before Waukesha’s two-day BluesFest and is sponsored by the Waukesha County Museum and Waukesha Rotary Club, with proceeds benefitting the museum. There will be commemorative souvenirs, free guitar lessons, food, drink, and incredible music.
The event, which begins at 5 p.m. in Naga-Waukee Park in Delafield, Wisconsin, will benefit the Waukesha County Museum, which is lending awesome artifacts from its “Wizard of Waukesha” Les Paul exhibit. Tickets are $25. Gates open at 5pm.
Watch Greg Koch Play an Incredible Mash-up of “Mr. Sandman,” “Stairway To Heaven,” and more:
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