Johnny Guitar Watson
(Los Angeles, CA) -- 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. 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 p.m..
The star-studded celebration will include 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 7 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m., with a VIP reception immediately following.
There will be 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”.
The mission of the 501c3 foundation is to raise money for musical instruments and musical support from music industry professionals - to benefit inner city youth through LAUSD after school programs 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!