NAMM‘s Museum of Making Music (MoMM) has just announced its recent benefit shows: A Concert for a Cause, featuring Herb Alpert and Lani Hall (10th August), and a Bluegrass Benefit with The Grascals and Flatt Lonesome (25th August) raised an estimated $60,000 in support of music education and music access. Over 700 patrons attended the events in support of the Museum’s efforts to: ‘,,,foster youth in the San Diego-area and make a difference in the lives of thousands of children, adults, and seniors’.
‘Fundraising for both the young and the young at heart has never been more fun,’ said Carolyn Grant, Executive Director of the MoMM. ‘What a testament to the power of artistry as we brought together different genres of music in a united front to benefit so many lives. We are grateful to the incredible artists, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, as well as The Grascals and Flatt Lonesome for partnering with us in this special way and for supporting the important proposition of music’s ability to change lives.’
Patrons of the Concert for a Cause, featuring Herb Alpert (trumpet) and Lani Hall (vocals) enjoyed an eclectic mix of music from Cole Porter American standards, to the Beatles, and classic Tijuana Brass Brasil ’66 and improvisational jazz. Some of the night’s top-hits included “Tijuana Taxi,” “A Taste of Honey,” to “Look of Love,” and “Night and Day.” Both Alpert and Hall spoke of the importance of music education, and for Alpert, the life-changing impact music has had on him: ‘The first time I picked up a trumpet, I was eight years old. I’m a card-carrying introvert and it was so bad when I was young, I was almost mute, and as I learned to play, I realized my trumpet could do my talking for me. Obviously, it transformed my life!’
Upcoming events at the MoMM include concerts from Laurence Juber, The Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble, Peter Asher and Albert Lee, and the Martin Barre Band, featuring Barre, Jethro Tull’s guitarist of 40-plus years. Famed photographer Henry Diltz will return to the Museum for an encore presentation of his memorable slideshow. Diltz has photographed The Doors, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jimi Hendrix, and scores of other artists. The slideshow event will showcase some of his most powerful photographic essays, with special commentary on the stories behind them. His “Listening Through The Lens: The Photography of Henry Diltz” exhibit is currently on display at the MoMM now through October 29, 2018.