Music Player Live!

January 20, 2006

In fact, so much happened so fast that we assembled this three-page photo essay of the event to remind us of all the cool things that went down. Be sure to scan for news and updates on Music Player Live! 2006, as it's a feel-good, star-packed, gear-engorged celebration of music that you won't want to miss.

Street Team (left to right) — Laney Erokan, Michelle Sinisi, Damien Castaneda, and Michael Montgomery spread the word in Times Square.

Future Rockers — A gang of School of Rock attendees fly their freak flags.

Pay Attention! — Philadephia’s Montesano brothers front their band Pepper’s Ghost at one of the MPL! concerts.

Jam Session — An impromptu trio rocks the Alvarez booth.

Songwriting Seminar — Lisa Loeb delivered a marvelously informative discourse on the tricky subject of creation.

Speech! (left to right) — Hartley Peavey, Les Paul, and GP’s Michael Molenda before Peavey introduced Paul for the maestro’s keynote address.

The MPL! Les Paul Tribute & Celebration Concert

Ninety years old and still riffing like an enraptured teen, Les Paul turned up his JC-120 and raged.

Larry Carlton previewed tracks from his new album Fire Wire for the Roseland crowd.

Phil DeGruy thrilled the audience with a solo performance on his 17-string Novak Guitarp.

Jon Brion paid homage to Les Paul with a jaw-droppingly brilliant, solo-looping performance of all the multi-layered guitars on Paul’s classic “Lover.”

John Mayer — a surprise guest — dropped in to jam with Billy Burnette.

GP editors (left to right) Darrin Fox, Matt Blackett, and Jude Gold enjoy a backstage audience with “the man.”

Ron Carter shows off the Bass Player Lifetime Achievement Award presented to him by Late Show with David Letterman band bassist Will Lee (right).

The fabulously attired Adrian Belew uncorked a set of majestic and quirky pop rock.

Robben Ford, who was soft-spoken at his earlier MPL! seminar, was absolutely on fire at the tribute concert.

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