Celebration to Honor 97th Birthday of Les Paul

This coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the 31st of May, 2012 through the 2nd of June, 2012 is a long awaited project for many people in Waukesha, and perhaps even people throughout the nation and world.

Dubbed “Les Paul’s Birthday Party” because his birthday is the 9th of June, 1915, the Waukesha Guitar Town Project is ready to launch.  The stage is set, the guitars have been designed and finished with clear coat, and many musicians and fans of Les Paul are anxious to see the beautiful pieces of art and celebrate the memory and legend of Les Paul in his home town of Waukesha.
In case you have not seen it yet, the schedule of events planned for this three day celebration is included below.  Also,

I was actually kind of sad to read a recent post by Brien Lee in which he states that he has encountered lots of people around Waukesha who know little or nothing about the Guitar Town Project, or Les Paul’s birthday party.  Sad, actually, that something this monumental can go unheard of by any Waukesha citizen.  And I would agree with Brien that despite the current proposed guitar locations, at least one of the guitars should be strategically placed near one of the bypasses to catch the eye of passersby.  See the current map of the Waukesha Guitar Town Guitar Locations.

Les Paul’s Birthday Party Schedule:

Thursday, 31 May, 2012

235 W. Broadway
Waukesha, WI 53186
5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Waukesha Gibson Guitar Town will be holding a private gala to unveil the guitars to the Gibson Corporation, sponsors of the guitars,  and community supporters.  This event is private.


Friday, 01 June, 2012

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Club 400 owner Dan Pokwinski to share and discuss Club 400’s Les Paul memorabilia.

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Rusty Paul, son of Les Paul will be at Les Paul memorial site at Prairie Home Cemetery to share memories and answer questions about his father.

11:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch & Learn with Bob Jacobson, author of the book Les Paul Guitar Wizard to be at the Waukesha County Museum. $8 admission includes lunch, opportunity for book signing and discussion on book (book cost additional). Pre-registration required by May 31st. To register, call 262-521-2859 ext. 224. Limited seating available.

5:30 p.m.
Opening ceremony for Waukesha Gibson GuitarTown – unveiling of 10 ft guitars and 17 playable guitars will be on display at their final locations in downtown Waukesha.

6:00 p.m.
Les Paul Trio to play on the big main stage set up in downtown Waukesha

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Bob Jacobson, author of Les Paul Guitar Wizard, to sign books at Martha Merrell’s Books/Cuddles

6:45 p.m.
Freeman Friday Night Live launches it summer event in Waukesha, featuring six stages of live music.
Listen to some great live music at stages in the following locations:

  • Martha Merrell’s Books/Cuddles ▪ Mike & Kathy G-Man Music
  • Allo Chocolat ▪ Chad James & Mike Westendorf
  • Rockin’ & Poppin’ On Broadway Stage ▪ The Notebenders
  • Mia’s ▪ Peter D’Amore
  • Steaming Cup ▪ Barefoot “N” Bluejeans
  • Magellans ▪ Lonley Hearts

8:30 p.m.
Sam Llanas Band to play with former Buffalo Springfield music legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Richie Furay and Rusty Paul on main stage in downtown Waukesha.


Saturday, 02 June, 2012

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Waukesha Farmer’s Market will feature a Les Paul trivia and song tribute and limited edition collectors’ cards.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Bob Jacobson, author of Les Paul Guitar Wizard to be at the Waukesha County Museum booth at the Waukesha Farmer’s Market signing and discuss his book.

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Rusty Paul son of Les Paul will be at Les Paul Monument at Prairie Home Cemetery to share memories and answer questions about his father.

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Guided tour with artists.

1:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Live music in downtown Waukesha.

Happy Birthday Les

Les Paul's 97th Birthday Party Celebration in Waukesha