Adopt the Arts held their benefit concert which honored Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) and Butch Trucks (Allman Brothers Band) for their contribution to American art and culture. The live benefit concert delivered a stellar performance which included a list of legendary artists. Co-founder musician Matt Sorum (Guns n Roses, Velvet Revolver) was not only the host of the night but he stayed up on stage and jammed for several songs of the night. The honorees, Billy Gibbons and Butch Trucks both received an award for their dedication and contribution to American arts. After each received their award, they stayed up on stage and performed with a group of more legendary musicians including, SLASH, DUFF McKAGAN (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), BILLY DUFFY, RICHIE SAMBORA (Bon Jovi), STEVE LUKATHER (Toto), ORIANTHI, EDGAR WINTER, JIMMY VIVINO (Conan O’Brien) vocalist FRANKIE PEREZ, and many more special guests including THE DISREPUTABLE FEW, a group of surprise killer musicians, will serve as the backing band for the night.
In between the sets, they held a live auction for an assortment of music memorabilia, guitars, drumheads, vacations and much more which helped raise money for the music programs in LAUSD elementary schools. It was definitely an epic night that many will not soon forget. To have such legendary musicians grace the stage at once was certain to be a musical highlight for many in the Roxy that evening. The night wrapped up with all the special guests taking the stage and a very impressive performance by Brooklyn Allman and Franky Perez as they kicked ass on a spectacular rendition of Whipping Post by the Allman Brothers. To see that amount of incredible talent on one stage, really brought the crowd to their feet and you really get the message about how important it is to keep the music and arts programs alive in our school systems today. We could be grooming the next Slash, Billy Gibbons or Butch Trucks, and these children simply need the resources to achieve their dreams.
Check out our photos from Rockin Ryan from the night:
Make sure to head on over to the Adopt the Arts social media sites and see how you can help this wonderful organization keep music alive in our school systems. If we bring back the music, maybe we will be bringing back a favorite subject to many children.
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