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Les Paul’s 104th Birthday Celebration- Free Summer Concert with Headliners, Lou Pallo, Gary Mazzaroppi, Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo!
June 23, 2019 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PMFree
Free concert presented by Lou Pallo, Gary Mazzaroppi,
Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo!
Lou Pallo, Gary Mazzaroppi, Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo
June 23, 2019 1-4 pm
This event will take place on the lawn at the museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ 07430. Bring your lawn chair – and your picnic basket – and enjoy an afternoon of great music, this event is free, there is no rain date.
Please check the museum website (www.mahwahmuseum.org) or call 201-512-0099 in case of poor weather. There is no rain date for this event.
Mahwah Museum provides a unique experience on June 23 to hear three of the long serving members of the Les Paul Trio. Lou Pallo is unique in having served longer than anyone with the legendary guitarist. He first started playing with Les in various venues in Northern New Jersey after Mary Ford left her husband in 1963. Les used to track where Lou was playing and sit in with him. Over time, as they formed a close friendship, Lou encouraged Les to come out of retirement and the two started playing regularly in New York City first at Fat Tuesdays and then at the Iridium. A friend of the museum, Lou has played at our event many times. This accomplished guitarist was a close friend and right-hand man of Les Paul for close to forty years.
Joining this talented musician are two other former members of the Les Paul Trio,
Gary Mazzaroppi and Frank Vignola,
as well as touring guitar musician, performer and educator, Vinny Raniolo:
Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Tommy Emmanuel, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitarists List” for the Wall Street Journal. Vignola’s jaw dropping technique explains why the New York Times deemed him “one of the brightest stars of the guitar”.
In addition to playing for years with Les Paul at Fat Tuesdays and the Iridium, Gary Mazzaroppi traveled extensively with the Lionel Hampton Big Band and accompanied jazz legends Buddy Rich and Charlie Byrd as well as Willie Nelson, Alicia Keys and Chuck Mangione.
As a touring guitar musician, performer, and educator, Vinny Raniolo is best known for his accompanying skills and is a very high demand rhythm guitarist and he has performed in some of the world’s most illustrious venues, including New York’s Lincoln Center.
This event is hosted by Mahwah Museum, located at 201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ 07430. The Museum is currently featuring the exhibits Kilmer: The Man Kilmer: The War Years, and WWI Part I and WWI Part II. Permanent exhibits are Les Paul in Mahwah and The Donald Cooper Model Railroad, which is open weekends 1-4 pm. The Museum is open weekends and Wednesdays from 1-4 pm.; admission $5 for non-members, members and children are free. Visit www.mahwahmuseum.org or call 201-512-0099 for information on events, membership and volunteering.