Johnny Guitar Watson Celebration After 20 Years By JGW Estate to Benefit LAUSD Donating Musical Instruments Tuesday, May 17 @ Los Angeles Theatre Center

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Johnny Guitar Watson, one of the music industries most beloved guitarist was silenced by a massive heart attack in Yokohama, Japan while in the middle of one of his GRAMMY nominated songs “Superman Lover” on May 17, 1996.   Now it’s time to celebrate his legacy after 20 years, the 1st Annual Johnny Guitar Watson Heart for Music Foundation Celebration will be held on May 17, 2016 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles at 8 PM.

The star-studded celebration will include a host of celebrity guest and performances including; Lenny Williams, Raphael Sadiq, Marla Gibbs, Mary Wilson, David Ritz, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Holly Robinson Pete, YoYo and Kool Moe Dee, just to name a few.

The Red Carpet Event Begins At 7pm and Show Time at 8pm, with a VIP Reception immediately following the event, featuring an exhibit of artifacts belonging to the late Great Johnny Guitar Watson.

Watson’s daughter, actress, writer, producer Virginia Watson said, “I decided that the time had come to take the legacy of my father and find a way to help people in his name, so The Johnny Guitar Watson Heart For Music Foundation came to be”.Johnnyh Guitar Wilson

Johnny Guitar Watson was A Musicians Musician, A Mentor, Teacher, Trend Setter, and Innovator In Rock & Roll, R & B, Jazz, Funk, and Rap! He Made His Mark In These Genres With Unforgettable Style And Finesse And Even In His Passing His Music Is Still Reaching The Masses Through Sample, Cover And Sync Use. With His Latest Collaboration Being With Kanye West On His New Album/Cd Waves.

The Mission Of This 501c3 Foundation Is To Raise Money To Get Musical Instruments And Musical Support From Music Industry Professionals To Inner City Youth Through After School Programs Of Lausd And Non-Profit After School Programs Like YoYo’s School Of Hip Hop.


It is the dream of the Watson children to establish this foundation in honor of their father and to give back to the community something special in the arts that can inspire and support inner city youth and help to keep real music alive!

For Media RSVP, photos, media interviews and information contact:   Edna Sims, ESP Public Relations Tel: 310-770.8117 ~

Top chefs prepare gourmet feast for the Homeless – celebrity volunteers in the serving line for Thanksgiving meals at the L.A. Mission


 Volunteer celebrities join the Thanksgiving dinner serving line for the homeless. There are nearly 45,000 in Los Angeles alone. Photo by George McQuade III

Wednesday, November 25th Los Angeles Mission Event

WHAT:     Men, women and children in need gather at the Los Angeles Mission for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner this Wednesday, November 25.

Wells Fargo Bank is the major financial sponsor of this event.

Practical help beyond the meal includes foot washing, new socks, blankets, and free tarps to help people on the street survive colder winter weather. There is also the opportunity for men and women to learn about the Mission’s long-term program to get off the streets.

Chef Michael Voltaggio leads a team of Los Angeles’ top chefs.  Joining him this year are Josiah Citrin (Mélisse), Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish and BS Tanqueria), Duff Goldman (Charm City Cakes) and others.

WHEN:    Wednesday, November 25, 2015 (the day before Thanksgiving)

4:00 am to 10:00 am: Live trucks may park in Mission parking lot located at 316 Winston Street (immediately adjacent to the kitchen)

4:30 am – Food preparation begins in the Mission kitchen.  Chefs on site early morning to prepare their own recipes.

Reporters welcome to join in food preparation with LA Mission kitchen crew.

Early morning breakfast served to overnight guests.

Live shot opportunity – lots of food prep visuals

6:00 am – 5th Street is closed to traffic

8:00 am – Event tent set-up begins.

Breakfast sandwiches served to all guests lining up for the event.

10:00 am to 4:00 pm: Live trucks park on San Julian Street dead end at 5th Street.

11:00 am – Thanksgiving meal service begins on the street

3:00 pm – Event ends


WHERE: Los Angeles Mission, 303 E. 5th Street, Los Angeles (Skid Row) CA 90013.  The event is on 5th between Wall Street and San Pedro.

WHO:       Celebrities, political leaders and chefs (listed above) along with other notables will be there to support the Mission by serving the homeless.

Editors Note:

  • Excellent opportunities for live TV segments in the early morning hours and at midday.
  • Radio remotes also accommodated.
  • Numerous still photo ops: celebrities and politicians serving the homeless plus many other compelling picture possibilities. Call for early morning location arrangements.