Flynnville Train

Flynnville Train

Flynnville Train

FLYNNVILLE TRAIN Toby Keith: “When I saw them live, they were more than I could have expected and I signed them on the spot.” Such was his description of Flynnville Train, who signed to his management team as well as his Show Dog label. The deal resulted in two charted singles on the Billboard chart and a number 22 spot on the Heatseeker Billboard Charts. Having amicably parted ways with Show Dog, the band continues to electrify audiences with their live stage show and is taking their music to the world. “We love performing for international audiences – they really get what we are about and the love and appreciation that comes back to us from them is amazing.”

Formed by brothers Brian and Brent Flynn, the band comprises Brian Flynn on lead vocals, Brent Flynn on lead guitar and harmony vocals (a natural blend unique to brothers.) Tommy Bales is on drums, now with the band for over thirteen years and voted Number One most up-and-coming drummer in Modern Drummer magazine in 2009 and Joseph Shreve on bass, who met the brothers through a mutual friend and whose influences are drawn from Rush and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Together, they form a band of brothers in music, with each bringing something unique to the sound that comprises Flynnville Train.

Flynnville Train is an irresistible, powerful, hard driving combination of Rock, Southern rock and country, with heart-stopping guitar riffs and nostalgic vocals as gritty as a long dirt road. From start to finish, their unique sound captivates the listener, whether live or on CD and their sound and style has no boundaries. Labeled by their fans as “Americas’ band,” Flynnville Train’s music spans multiple genres and their electrifying live show hooks fans of all ages. They are as comfortable sharing the stage with superstars like Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, as they are with acts such as Iron Butterfly, Molly Hatchett and the Marshall Tucker Band. It is seldom that such a unique and powerful live sound can be captured in the studio from three musicians and a lead singer, but with a band as awesome and talented as this, they proved it was possible. In the studio, they record most songs “live” like the 60’s and early 70’s, hence the “real” sound that they create.

The Flynn brothers, Brian and Brent, were raised by hard working parents in a Christian family of farmers and factory workers in Indiana, so can totally relate to the working class of America and the world. Their father played in a band in his spare time – Grandma played the fiddle. Both brothers inherited their natural gift of music – Brian (lead vocals) is also an accomplished drummer. His brother, Brent (who has perfect pitch), is able to play any stringed instrument but electric guitar became his prime instrument. Brent was five years old when he got his first guitar. His breath-taking guitar riffs and fills are delivered in an iconic fashion invoking the spirit of the likes of Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and other guitar heroes. The brothers also write together. Brian pens most of the lyrics and Brent the melodies.

They have written with partners such as Richard Young from the Kentucky Headhunters and recorded songs from legendary writer Craig Wiseman. The music is timeless, gets into your soul and moves your spirit. Brian and Brent Flynn state: “Now we are able to carve our own destiny, which we never could before. We have built a team of strong in-house people who believe in us and will be part of our extended family. We are all good and honest people who are prepared to work hard. Our goal is to take our music to the world and no matter where we perform; the key is that we give everyone a great time. We want to be remembered wherever we play.

” Flynnville Train rollin’ into Europe. Flynnville Train stole the show at the 24th Craponne Festival in France in 2011, whipping a crowd of 12,000 into an all-out frenzy. The same happened at the 28th Mragowo Festival in Poland in 2012. The band returned to France in August 2013 to perform at the 13th French Riviera Country Music Festival and were the sensation of the event. Additionally they played the most prestigious event in Europe, covered by National Swiss Television and Radio – the 25th Country Night, Gstaad, Switzerland in September 2013. They performed along with Gretchen Wilson, LeAnn Rimes and Vince Gill and The Time Jumpers. The band remarked “It was such an honor for us to share the stage with these amazing artists that we admire and respect. It’s a real dream come true”. Through the band’s US Label, AMP Entertianment, Flynnville Train signed a licensing deal wtih AGR Television Records for the their new cd “Back On Track.” The Eurpean cd was released during their visit to Switzerland in September 2013. The US release of “Back On Track” took place on April 18, 2014 in the band’s home state to a packed house at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino in Anderson, Indiana. Flynnville Train will once again return to Europe in2015.

Stephen Wrench

Stephen Wrench

Stephen Wrench

Stephen Wrench has worked with many greats over the years as a musician, producer, management. To name a few Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr, Tommy Tutone, Vince Gill, Travis Tritt. Besides producing and working with many great acts Stephen has penned thousands of songs over the years and has performed all over the world. Stephen is also a nominating and voting member of the Grammys.

Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference coming to Grand Rapids April 10-11th

In response to the growing demand for Michigan grown ingredients for the craft beer industry, educators from Michigan State University Extension with support from Michigan State University AgBioResearch, the Michigan Brewers Guild and ISLAND are hosting the Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference April 10-11, 2015. The Conference will be held at the Eberhard Center on the Grand Valley State University Campus in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich.

Three conference tracks will be offered, including beginning hop management, advanced hop management, and malting barley production and malthouse opportunities. Friday’s program will offer a wide-range of presentations from speakers across the country focusing on growing and strengthening the vibrant craft ingredient industry in the state. Featured speakers include Lester Jones, Chief Economist for the National Beer Wholesalers Association, and Dr. Bart Watson, Chief Economist from the Brewers Association. Other noteworthy speakers include Derek Prell (Malteurop), Dr. David Gent (USDA-ARS), Sara Del Moro (John I. Haas, Inc.) and Zac German (Yakima Chief-Hop Union). Experts from Michigan State University will also be on hand to discuss best management practices for hop and malting barley production.

Friday’s program will conclude with a “Brewers Cut Analysis Demo and Meet the Buyer” event hosted by the Michigan Brewers Guild at the Fifth Third Ballpark on the opening weekend of the Grand Rapids Whitecaps. This will be an excellent opportunity for current hop and malting barley growers and processors to meet brewers and find out what they are looking for. This event requires preregistration and is limited to growers with acreage in production (or going into production in 2015) and active brewers. Come and enjoy the game, great beer, networking and food!

On Saturday, the malting barley track will tour Pilot Malt House, Michigan’s largest craft malthouse, and learn more about the science of malting and the quality analysis that goes into ensuring a quality product. The program will end at noon with lunch. The two hop tracks will come together to learn about post-harvest quality control and hear from a panel of brewers on how the hop industry in Michigan can meet the current demand. An optional hop yard tour and lunch at the Hopyards of Kent is available Saturday afternoon. Pre-registration is required for that event.

To learn more about the conference and to register, visit: events.anr.msu.edu/hopandbarley15. Sponsorship opportunities are also available and can be accessed at the registration site. Any questions can be directed to the conference planning committee:

Betsy Braid, braidbet@msu.edu, 517-884-7081 (ANR Event Services)

Ashley McFarland, ashleymc@msu.edu, 906-439-5176 (Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center)

Erin Lizotte, taylo548@msu.edu, 231-946-1510 (Wexford County)

Rob Sirrine, sirrine@msu.edu, 231-256-9888 (Leelanau County)

Scott Graham, director@michiganbrewersguild.com, 989-732-0569 (Michigan Brewers Guild)

Ensemble Transforms Scrap Waste into Music at Debut Show in Taos, New Mexico on April 9th

TAOS, NM – The Taos Center for the Arts (TCA) presents the internationally renowned percussion ensemble, Scrap Arts Music, for one night only on April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Taos Community Auditorium in Taos, New Mexico.

Scrap Arts Music is music that starts out as scrap, turns into art and then transforms into unforgettable sound. Hear intricate rhythms, experience raw energy and athletic choreography, and see the most inventive reuse of materials on stage today.
Instruments can be fashioned from industrial scrap and offbeat materials ranging from accordion parts to artillery shells, which are as visually striking as they are sonically riveting.

Scrap Arts Music offers a highly physical, wildly theatrical performance that includes humorous moments. They have entertained audiences from four continents and 14 different countries who reportedly were enthralled by an intoxicating mix of music and movement.
Gregory Kozak and Justine Murdy, the artistic directors, invented and created all musical instruments used in the show. These objects are not “played” like instruments, but are completely new, tunable inventions made from a welded, bent, and transformed scraps into entirely new sculptural percussion instruments. All instrument designs are based in a knowledge of the physics of sound, which is the base and inspiration for the composition of original music for over 145 unique instruments. The scores are then choreographed to incorporate high-energy movement to express the power of music.

Members of the group are among Canada’s most impressive musical talents. They are five extraordinary, virtuosic and innovative drummers. As professionally trained musicians and highly skilled athletes they hit the stage in costume performing in a dance of light among instruments of art giving a performance unlike any ever seen.
Scrap Arts Music’s “green” eco-message is: “before you throw away something,  whether an idea, a relationship or an object, think about its usefulness from a bunch of different angles. You will likely discover a whole new world of possibilities.”

Scrap Arts Music is a performance that appeals to a wide variety of ages and interests.

This performance is only for one night at the Taos Community Auditorium, located at 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in Taos. Tickets are $20 for general admission; TCA Members are $17; those 18 and under are $10. The show is expected to sell out. For more information or to reserve tickets call 575-758-2052 or visit tcataos.org.

The Listing to Premiere at 2015 Stanley Film Festival

Novi, Michigan – April 7th – 18-year-old Michigan native director, Luke Jaden, is set to premiere his first film foray into the horror genre early next month with The Listing, starring Erin Cummings (The Iceman, Cold Comes the Night) and Rob Zabrecky (Lost River). Written by up-and-coming Detroit author and screenwriter, Josh Malerman (“Birdbox”), The Listing tells the tale of what happens in a haunted house before the unsuspecting family arrives.

Jaden youthful, energetic approach to filmmaking is clearly palpable even in his description of the film. According to Jaden, “it’s got a more psychological vibe to it that’s atmospheric and moody. It feels like you’re the magician’s audience at a magic show set in an urban, gothic and decrepit theater.”

Michael Angelo Zervos (Papou), the producer of Jaden’s last two films, admits “there are very few better film festivals I can think of to premiere our film. The intimacy, success, and solid lineup of past Stanley festivals gives us encouragement that the audiences will appreciate our twist on the horror genre.”

Despite the recent success, Jaden isn’t resting on his laurels. With one film just starting to make it into film festival lineups, he’s currently completing post production on another short film and starting pre-production on another. In his mind, his hard won lessons from The Listing have made an impact on his development as as a busy filmmaker. “I’ve learned that if you don’t have a team that really believes in you or a cast that just really connects with their performances, you’re better off not even making the film.”

The Listing will be playing Sunday, May 3rd at the Stanley Film Festival in Estes Park, Colorado. For all other information on the film, visit http://Motherandmidwife.com or http://www.kinotroika.com.

The Listing to Premiere at 2015 Stanley Film Festival

The Listing to Premiere at 2015 Stanley Film Festival

Matt Cook

Matt Cook

Matt Cook

A singer songwriter from Wales. Matt has gotten the attention of some US producers and a US based TV show “Do I Have A Hit Song”. Matt almost won the pilot episode. But Matt did win the producers and host of the show Drew Copeland (Sister Hazel) were blown away by Matt and his performance and signed Matt to Do I Have A Hit Song Records. We hope the world is as blown away with him as we are.

“Matt Cook has a unique vocal quality that draws you in. Matt has that unique ability to make the hair stand up on your arms”

Stephen Wrench nominating and voting member of the Grammy’s

“Matt Cook voice is crazy, filled with emotion and depth”

Terry Nails formerly of Ozzy Osbourne

National Walking Day is April 1

LANSING (4/1/15) — Adults are spending more time at work than ever before and an unfortunate side effect is that as a nation we are becoming more inactive. Physical inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease. The good news is you can start to fix the problem by encouraging your community and company to take part in the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day.

Today on National Walking Day, Americans are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. It’s a great way to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and to get your family, friends and co-workers started on a healthier way of life. Statistics show people stick to walking plans more than any other form of physical activity. And walking is one of the easiest and cheapest things you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers.

Walking has many health benefits, which makes National Walking Day the ideal time to kick-start your physical activity routine. Adults should get at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week, while kids should get 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Physical activity can relieve depression, improve your memory and lower your blood pressure.

In addition to taking 30 minutes out of your day to get up and walk, there’s another way you can participate in National Walking Day. We’ll be hosting a Physical Activity Post Stroke and Heart Attack Conversation on the Support Network, April 1, from 10 a.m. ET to 7 p.m. ET at www.heart.org/supportnetwork. Topics for the all-day come-and-go event will include all things physical activity, from cardiac rehab, stroke rehab, walking, jogging, yoga, swimming, and much more.

A different medical professional will participate for every hour of the chat, answering questions related to physical activity and recovery. Join the Support Network, take part in the chat and get your 30 minutes in for a successful National Walking Day.

Harry Tietjen

Please enable images to see artist photoHarry Tietjen has won several “Deutscher Rock und Poppreis” awards. Best Folkrock-Singer 2008, Best Pop-Singer 2009, Best Arrangement 2010.

Harry Tietjen

“The greatest adventure I ever experienced as a musician was back in the 80’s when I left Hamburg to go travelling with no plan as to when I would return.”

“In Morocco, I invested my money putting a band together. Here it was obvious that we could earn good money as musicians. However, after three months the money ran out before the band could really take off. Then it hit me, why not solo performances in hotel bars and at Moroccan family celebrations, after all English cover songs were all the rage.”

“I was most fascinated by the extremes in daily life. One day, singing accompanied by lively guitar in the middle of corrugated iron ghetto for enthusiastic pop fans and the next, playing piano in a luxury hotel followed by a sumptuous 4-course menu for polite society.”

“Or sometimes people would simply & politely ask me if I could play something on my guitar play whilst sitting in a cafe. The music was ever present then as it is now and with an equally strong connection. People invited me home to their families and told me their life stories”.

Harry Tietjen started making music at a very early age, playing both piano & guitar and vocals. With 17 he gave his first concerts in France and later in Switzerland, Portugal and other countries.

At 20, he and his band “Harry ‘s Gang”, won first prize in the North German singer competition.

At the beginning of the 80’s, Harry and a friend built a music club ”The Castle” in an old Art Nouveau villa near Hamburg. After 2 exciting years at the “rock and roll club” the travelling years began.

In the 90’s, Harry founded the “Come Together Studio” in Hamburg, producing bands like Inusa Dawuda, King Kurlee, Sandra King, Lightman and others.

In his debut album „Coming Home“ Harry has incorporated and expressed his most exciting encounters.

Mariah Jas

Please enable images to see artist photoMariah Jas is a 20 year old music artist, singer and lyricist. She is also a model, freestyle dancer and plays the piano. She is a student and a regular volunteer as an instructor of the American Heart Association teaching people save lives.

Mariah Jas is of Indian,Filipino and Chinese descent and lives in India.

Les Paul 100Th Anniversary Announced-Yearlong Celebration Kicks Off June 9Th Times Square

Huge Star-Studded Celebration Kicks Off in Times Square and Will Launch A Year of Exciting Programs and Events in Honor of Les Paul Tuesday – June 9th, 2015

Program Will Also Include a Tribute Concert, VIP Experiences, Nationwide “Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience” Tour, Educational Grants, Music Re-Releases, New Interactive Website, New Collectible Merchandise, Media and Retail Promotions, a National PSA Campaign and More. Legendary Musicians Steve Miller, Journey’s Neal Schon, Count’s 77, Joe Satriani, Joan Jett, Johnny A and Others Join The Les Paul Trio at the Historical Event New York, New York – (March 25, 2015) – The Les Paul Foundation has announced the official “100th Birthday of Les Paul,” a year-long celebration to launch the famous inventor and musician’s 100th birthday – June 9th, 2015. The celebration, which will last through May of 2016, will include exciting programs beginning with the star-studded June 9th event in New York’s Times Square. 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. Music legends including Steve Miller, Joan Jett, Journey’s Neal Schon, guitar virtuoso Johnny A, Chickenfoot’s Joe Satriani, Count’s 77 and others will appear at the event. Musical acts will continue to be announced on les-paul.com over the next several weeks. 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 Les Paul 100th Anniversary plan includes a star-studded 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, new merchandise, 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.”

Anderson Cooper of CNN said that “It is literally true that what is now known as modern American music would not be what it is today without Les Paul.” “The man is a genius. Whenever you turn on your amplifier, that’s Les Paul,” has added the legendary B.B. King, a colleague and friend of the innovator. Known also as the “Father of the Solid Body Electric Guitar,” “The Wizard of Waukesha,” “Rhubarb Red,” “The Father of Modern Music,” and others, Les Paul’s curiosity about sound began at a very young age. Contemporary artists like Slash, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Joan Jett, Jimi Hendrix and many others have paid homage to Les Paul throughout their careers.

Les Paul was born Lester William Polsfuss in Waukesha, Wisconsin. At the age of eight he began playing the harmonica. He tried the piano and banjo but switched to the guitar. It was during that time that he invented a neck-worn harmonica holder which allowed him to play both sides of the harmonica hands-free while accompanying the guitar. Paul’s interest in musical instruments didn’t stop there. He also loved modifying them. At the age of nine he built his first crystal radio. While in Junior High he built the harmonica holder out of a wire coat hanger. He began his work with the solid body guitar as a teen when he filled his acoustic guitar with rags, socks and a tablecloth and eventually with Plaster of Paris. While in high school he made his first solid body electric guitar using a piece of rail from a nearby train line. Years later the rail guitar evolved into Les’ famous 4 x 4 piece of pine that he wired as a guitar and dubbed “The Log.” It was the basis for the first solid-body electric guitar that changed the face of music.

Les Paul’s influence would go on to extend beyond the guitar. Paul’s good friend and influence Bing Crosby, who he performed with, encouraged him to build a recording studio which Paul did in his Hollywood garage when he was 30 years old. This is where he developed industry changing recording techniques. His breakthrough came in 1948 with a recording of the song “Lover” which used a variety of tracks and introduced his many new recording techniques. Les Paul once again changed the face of music with the birth of multi-track recording. In 1949 Les married Mary Ford and began producing hits with her such as “How High the Moon” and “The World is Waiting for the Sunrise.” They had their own radio show and later a hit television show called “Les Paul and Mary Ford at Home.” Together they recorded dozens of hit songs all of which were recorded using recording techniques Les Paul invented in his studio. Those hits included “Mockin Bird Hill” (#3 1951) and Vaya Con Dios (#1, 1953). Paul also had instrumental hits on his own including “Nola”(#9, 1950), “Whispering” (#6, 1952) and “Meet Mister Callaghan” (#5,1952). In the 1960s Paul formed an agreement with the Gibson guitar company and the famous Les Paul guitar went into production becoming one of the best known guitars of all time. Few can deny that Les Paul remains an American institution.

“The players, the great musicians, the people we revere in our industry…they know every time they pick up an electric guitar why we have the electric guitar,” said Music Industry Executive Phil Quartararo. “They know every time they sit down in a studio at a mixing board, why that board exists. I can assure you that the people in this industry don’t go through a day in their life in this business without being touched by something Les Paul did, said, played or invented.” Scheduled events and programs to kick off the “Les Paul 100th Birthday” celebration on June 9th, 2015 include the official unveiling of “Les Paul Day” in New York as well as Les’ hometown of Waukesha, Wisconsin and Nashville, Tennessee. Later that evening a star-studded official 100th birthday party for Les Paul will take place in Times Square at the Hard Rock Cafe New York. A red carpet arrival will begin at 6pm followed by a special ticketed musical event inside.

The first stop of “Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience” mobile tour will be in Times Square on the same day. The 53’ foot interactive state-of-the-art mobile exhibit will be on Broadway and 44th and be open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 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 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.

Tickets for the event will be available at www.ticketweb.com beginning Monday, April 6, 2015. There will be only 500 tickets sold. Once sold out no other ticket will be available. More performers attending the event will be listed on the les-paul.com website.

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.

Guests of the June 9th special event will be the first to see the national PSA campaign “Pledge to Invent” which will be broadcast on screens throughout the venue. The PSA campaign features special messages from Slash, Sammy Hagar, Steve Miller, HEART’s Nancy Wilson, Neal Schon, Joe Satriani, Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir, Richie Sambora and other friends of Les Paul. 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. A surprise performance will open the June 9th event followed by a performance by the popular band, “Counts 77.” The band’s lead singer, Danny Koker, star of the highly rated History Channel TV show “Counting Cars,” had a special connection to Les Paul through his father who was a musician. The History Channel will air a special Les Paul episode in the fall of 2015. A one-of-a-kind custom built chopper created by Count’s Kustoms will be unveiled at The Hard Rock event and later auctioned for the benefit of The Les Paul Foundation through Julien’s Auctions. “Count’s 77” performance will culminate with rock star friends of Les taking to the stage for the ultimate guitar jam. Legendary Steve Miller, Journey’s Neal Schon, Rock Icon Joan Jett, instrumental guitarist and member of the rock band “Chickenfoot,” Joe Satriani, rock guitarist Johnny A and the Les Paul Trio along with more surprise performers are scheduled to appear.

Fans who purchase tickets to the event will also receive a special VIP pass to the “Les Paul Big Sound Experience” giving them preferred entry into the exclusive mobile exhibit, food and drink and the chance to be among some of the music world’s most popular performers.

Guitar Center’s flagship store in Times Square will offer special promotions in-store, a jumbotron in Times Square will feature special images of Les Paul throughout the day and a new website will offer new merchandise via les-paul.com. Gibson Guitar and Epiphone Guitar have launched special edition 100th Anniversary guitars and publications will be commemorating the 100th birthday of Les Paul with special editions. The Waukesha County Museum, Wisconsin along with partners Ramapo College, Discovery World, The Mahwah Museum will also celebrate Les Paul’s 100th Birthday with their own exclusive events, exhibits and programs. Soundwaves artist Tim Wakefield is also creating a series of collectible artworks that feature actual sound waves from Les Paul’s most famous songs and transferred on to large canvases. The art will be signed by Les Paul’s famous rock star friends and displayed at Ross Art New York before being sold for the benefit of the foundation. The Wisconsin Foundation for School Music has developed a series of Les Paul themed lesson plans that will be available on the Les Paul Foundation website later in the year. And the Waukesha band shell where teenage Les Paul played is being restored by the City of Waukesha in time for the centennial celebration.

New grants provided by the Les Paul Foundation have also been announced in honor of the 100th Anniversary program. Earlier in the year the Les Paul Foundation provided grants and support to the Bonaroo Works Fund’s “Notes for Notes” music education program. Funds from the Les Paul Foundation will support new recording studios in Brooklyn, Austin, Detroit, San Francisco and Atlanta.

Other recipients include First Stage in Milwaukee, one of the nation’s most acclaimed children’s theatres, Guitars for Vets which continues to provide the healing power of music by teaching veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder how to play guitar, Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R.), The Hearing Health Foundation, Kid Pan Alley which inspires and empowers students to work together to create their own music, Little Kid’s Rock which launched the Modern Band Program and aims to restore and revitalize music education in public schools, The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), No Limits Theater Group which improves the speaking abilities of deaf children, VH-1 Save the Music of New York, the Waukesha County Museum and Wisconsin School Music Association’s annual Launchpad event and other programs.

“We wouldn’t be able to make records like we do if Les didn’t invent multi-track recording,” said rock icon Eddie Van Halen.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Discovery World in Milwaukee and the Mahwah Museum in Mahwah, New Jersey host extraordinary exhibits that share Les Paul’s story. Les Paul has received awards that included 36 Gold records and eleven #1 pop hits, a Hollywood Walk of Fame star for “Les & Mary,” a GRAMMY Award for Best Country Instrumental “Chester & Lester,” a GRAMMY for “How High the Moon,” a GRAMMY Award for Lifetime Achievement, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an induction into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame, an induction into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame, a GRAMMY for Technical Achievement, an EMMY Lifetime Achievement Award for Engineering, a GRAMMY for Best Pop instrumental “Caravan” and a GRAMMY for best Rock instrumental for “69 Freedom Special,” an induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and a Songwriters Hall of Fame entry, a National Medal of Arts, induction into America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame and many others.Other honors include a James Smithsonian Bicentennial Medal, “Inventor of the Century” by EQ Magazine, being named one of the ten best electric guitar players of all time by TIME Magazine, being celebrated with Google’s first animated doodle which premiered on Les Paul’s 96th birthday in 2011 and being named one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time.

“The music industry, whether its artists like Eddie Van Halen or a Jimmy Page, if asked a question will always go back to Les.” said Michael Braunstein, Executive Director of the Les Paul Foundation. “The music industry understands that Les is a historic iconic individual who left his mark. Every generation including future generations will continue to stand on his shoulders.” 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

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

Les Paul 100Th Anniversary Announced-Yearlong Celebration Kicks Off June 9Th Times Square

Les Paul 100Th Anniversary Announced-Yearlong Celebration Kicks Off June 9Th Times Square