Benefit show for Wayne Kramer’s Jail Guitar Doors USA rock the Ford Amphitheatre with some huge names in the world of rock music
A warm end of summer Friday evening on the 6th day of September in Hollywood legendary guitarist from the band MC5, Wayne Kramer and Billy Bragg pulled together a group of their friends to help raise money for the charity, Jail Guitar Doors USA.
The annual concert at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood just outside of Los Angeles featured some huge names in music. The event turned out some of the greats in the music business with master of ceremonies Jay Mohr doing an amazing job hosting the event and keeping the crowd in stitches in between sets. Some of the greats in rock such as Jackson Browne and Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, The Nightwatchman) took the time to perform some of there amazing songs.
Opening the evenings festivities and probably the best selling point for why the charity Jail Guitar Doors USA is needed is when grads Franc Foster and His Melting Pot took the stage to get the crowd ready for the night of music. The band features Ray Rodriguez, Piper James, Ken Adams, Kameron Hagger and Ashley Whitsett.
â€œIt is an honor to play with Wayne Kramer, Jackson Browne, Billy Bragg and the others.â€ said Tom Morello. He added, â€œI was in Sing Sing Prison with Kramer when he conceived the idea for Jail Guitar Doors. The artist on the bill tonight has always stood up for the lowest rungs of the ladder and I am very proud of him and happy to support Jail Guitar Doors and anything they do in the future.â€
Additional performances included Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls, Jill Sobule with Dave and Phil Alvin. The main men behind of the evening took the stage as well with Kramer going on stage with the Lexington Arts Ensemble and Bragg on alone on stage with just an acoustic guitar. The show concluded with everyone who performed taking the stage in a performance that got everyone in attendance off their seats and leaving with smiles on there faces satisfied with the rock that was performed that evening.
â€œIt was the most unique show I have ever been apart of. It is not everyday that a comic is asked to go out and introduce Tom Morello and Jackson Browne and keep it one linier idea.â€ said host Jay Mohr. â€œThat is what is great about Jail Guitar Doors and Wayne Kramer everybody sort of sharing consciousness of one mind, it rocked and it kicked ass.â€
The charity formed in 2009 while participating together in an action inside legendary Sing Sing Prison, Wayne and Billy got together to create the charity. The name came from a 1978 song released by The Clash â€œJail Guitar Doorsâ€ in which told the story of the imprisonment of the bandâ€™s fellow musician Wayne Kramer.
Jail Guitar Doors, USA providing musical instruments and opportunities to help rehabilitate prisoners. We organize prison outreach programs and produce concert events. We advance new solutions to diminish prison violence. We support organizations that engage in policy reform efforts and partner with social service groups to help people in prison reconnect with the outside world.
Overall, we must look past the music of the night and the importance this event had done to help this charity continue the amazing work that has been done in this world. If you would like to find out more about Jail Guitar Doors please check out there charity website at jailguitardoors.org.
(Pictures from the event can be viewed below.)