On Saturday, Sep. 9, the Museum of Making Music is hosting their annual gala with a special benefit concert spotlighting Grammy Award-winning artists, Albert Lee and Cindy Cashdollar. “Play It Forward” is a beautiful event that helps MoMM expand its contributions in educational opportunities, exhibitions, hands-on experiences and live performances; all while exemplifying how instruments have the power to make an impact in the world and the ability to connect people from all walks of life.
Two-time Grammy-winner, Albert Lee, is known for his skilled picking technique and fast hands, which has made him one of the most celebrated guitarists in the world. He’s worked with Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Everly Brothers, Tom Petty, Paul McCartney, Emmylou Harris and more. “I have always loved music and have been working professionally for 57 years,” he tells AXS. “I was initially inspired by the early rock and roll players of the ‘50s and '60s. It was not so easy back then to learn, especially in the UK where we didn't have the exposure of these great players. I'm very happy that what I have learned can more easily be passed on to the younger players of today.”
Joining him in performing at the benefit is five-time Grammy-winner, Cindy Cashdollar. The lap steel virtuoso, who also rocks the steel guitar and Dobro, crosses all genres and can go from playing Country music to jamming with the likes of Bob Dylan and Rod Stewart. “Playing music has been such a part of my life for so long; it's hard to imagine doing anything else. It's like self-propelled inspiration,” she expressed to AXS. “To ‘play it forward’ hopefully has a snowball effect in gathering people together to share in the support of a great cause and enjoy the results that could live on for many years to come. It's important for all concerned, especially these days, to try to make a difference, no matter how large or small.”
Executive Director of NAMM’s Museum of Making Music, Carolyn Grant, said in a recent statement, “Live performance reminds us of the transformational nature of music. It allows us to directly and viscerally experience the sounds and melodies that are woven into [the] fabric of our society; sounds that help to define our identity as well as our place in history. We are excited to welcome our guests to experience this stellar performance. By attending this concert they are also helping the Museum continue its work to enhance the lives of thousands of people through music.”
Donations raised at the gala will go to help thousands of children, adults and seniors in San Diego County. If you’d like to attend the benefit on Saturday, Sep. 9, you can purchase tickets here. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets range from $35- $75. For additional information on how you can help “play it forward,” you can head to MoMM's website.