Yesterday, June 9, 2015, was a day of celebration in New York City. The occasion? The 100th anniversary of the late, great Les Paul’s birth.
To mark the date, the guitar community threw a party in New York City’s Times Square, not far from the Iridium, where the legendary guitarist and innovator held a weekly residency during the last years of his life.
The full day of star-studded events and programs kicked off what is billed as a year-long celebration of the guitarist’s life and music.
Among the events was an all-star show featuring Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Neal Schon, Joe Bonamassa, Warren Haynes, Steve Miller, G.E. Smith, Johnny A, Lou Pallo and the Les Paul Trio and many other guitar greats. You can check out several photos from the show in the gallery below. All the photos are courtesy of Roger Vai.
June 9 was also declared Les Paul Day, and Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience opened its doors to the public on 44th and Broadway right inside Times Square. The 53-foot interactive state-of-the-art mobile touring exhibit gives guests the opportunity to experience 1,000 square feet of music exploration, sound and technology innovations and hands-on interactive entertainment. Visitors will even be able to mix and share music as they discover Les Paul. Best of all, it’s free!
And so is this video from last night’s all-star performance. Enjoy.
Photos: Roger Vai