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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

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 ~ espublicrelations@gmail.com

Third Street Promenade comes alive with musical performers wooing thousands of tourists daily

Third Street Promenade.

Some 40,000 visitors head to Santa Monica for the street performers, delicious food and entertainment that is world famous at the Third St. Promenade, one of the top tourist attractions in SoCal.

This story was first published on Examiner.com

When SoCal residents sweat out triple digit heat they flock to the coastline to Santa Monica or Malibu beaches. When the tourists come to town they follow the locals to the beaches, but the largest crowds head to the Third Street Promenade that’s walking distance from the beach. It is an upscale shopping, dining and entertainment complex in the downtown area of Santa Monica, California. (1351 3rd Street Promenade #201, Santa Monica, CA 90401).

Third Street Promenade

The world famous Third St. Promenade attracts thousands daily to Santa Monica for a real music treat and great cafes. ( click image above ).

The Promenade is known for great specialty, upscale stores from Nordstrom to Forever 21. It’s just walking distance from much to see and do like the like the Santa Monica Pier. But one of the best-kept secrets includes free, raw, street musical talent featuring blues, top 40 to Spanish guitar players that are show stoppers or in this case shopping grabbers. The Promenade offers unique features of the Downtown Santa Monica experience with a variety of street performers strumming, rapping, dancing, juggling and otherwise entertaining visitors. This large tourist attraction gives these performers a chance to showcase their musical acts in front of an audience of thousands. According to Downtown Santa Monica and 3rd Street Promenade, there is an average of 40,000-foot traffic daily.

You have tours of the historical downtown Santa Monica to some of the best restaurants in California. The Promenade even compliments the City of LA’s worst drought in 140 years with water saving imitative through a water drip system and plants that survive with very little water. In fact, there are dinosaurs sculptured out of green brushes with water coming out of the mouth. According to the City of Santa Monica, the watering system, and succulent plants are expected to save about 14,500 gallons of water per year.

Third St. Promenade

The world famous Santa Monica beaches.

For decades, Santa Monica has been “the go-to” beach for people living in or near the City of Los Angles. Tourists are often surprised to see so many activities going on in Santa Monica. Don’t be surprised if you see top-name stars in the movie and television industry.   This energetic beach community throws out the red carpet to everyone and is very close to most of SoCal’s best, major attractions. So in between your itinerary – in trips to Universal Studios, Hollywood, Disneyland, and other top tourist sites be sure to check out the Third Street Promenade and enjoy free music, a natural beach breeze and a day well spent.

If you are visiting the promenade for the first time, you might notice after walking several blocks lined with stores, exhibits, cafes and a newly remodeled mall, that when you come back through the area, the musical talent has changed. The music continues long into the night, where solo artists and small bands take turns playing and singing their heart out. Just don’t forget to drop some money in the tip buckets or hats, because it is the only way these exceptional performers make money.  After all, it cost them $37 a year for permits to play at the Third Street Promenade. And it’s free. Some highlights are published below. Enjoy!