"Adopt the Arts"
A Night Honoring
Billy Gibbons & Butch Trucks.
It is not overly difficult to find Rock and Roll legends playing
in and around Los Angeles and Hollywood during any given week.
Monday night, however, was very special in that several of these
legends showed up in the same room to jam with, and honor, Billy
Gibbons (ZZ Top) and Butch Trucks (Allman Brothers Band) for
their contributions to the arts and culture.
I’m not certain about the number of lucky fans that made it in
to this event, but with a maximum capacity of 500 (without the
floor seating that this crowd enjoyed!), the Roxy in Hollywood
served as a very intimate setting for an evening of smash hits
performed by amazing musicians. A “private party” atmosphere was
further enhanced by the bustling bars, tasty hors d’ oeuvres and
the auctions, both live and silent, which featured autographed
Fender and Gibson guitars, drumheads, photos, artwork and more.
(More than one musician made remarks insisting the backstage
party was reminding them of the raging days of old.) The night
not only celebrated Gibbons and Trucks, it raised over $100,000
to benefit music programs in Los Angeles Unified School
District elementary schools.
Matt Sorum, Slash, Duff McKagan, Richie Sambora, Billy Gibbons,
Butch Trucks, Edgar Winter, Steve Lukather, Orianthi, Billy
Duffy and many others were on hand to bust through signature ZZ
Top and Allman Brothers Band tunes. A set of ZZ Top classics
featured songs such as “Tush,” “Cheap Sunglasses.” “La Grange”
and “Jesus Just Left Chicago,” while the Allman Brothers Band
set included hits like “Whipping Post,” “Midnight Rider,” “One
Way Out,” “Stormy Monday” and “Statesboro Blues.” The capacity
crowd was not disappointed. These distinguished musicians Rocked
Co-founded by Matt Sorum (of Velvet Revolver and Guns N’ Roses
fame) and activist Abby Berman in 2010, “Adopt the Arts” aims to
preserve arts programs in public schools. The non-profit uses
opportunities such as this event to honor those, like Gibbons
and Trucks, who have made a substantial and lasting impact on
music culture. The group simultaneously raises awareness of
their “Adopt The Arts” cause. By “adopting” schools, the group
helps to ensure that students in underserved schools receive
instruction in the arts, including music, dance, theater and
visual arts. “Adopt The Arts” has a winning formula here.
Honoring individuals who have made important contributions to
the arts, while bringing together sublime talent, major industry
power and the few lucky fans, works very well. If Monday night
was any indication, these events will be remembered (by the fans
and talent alike) as one-of-a-kind opportunities to enjoy
incredible music by illustrious musicians, in intimate,
party-like settings. Raising serious cash, for a very meaningful
cause, all the while!
Hats off to Billy Gibbons, Butch Trucks and “Adopt The Arts” for
this unforgettable evening of music and entertainment!
- John G. Tobin
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