For many June is a month for high school graduation – a day filled with smiling photos and celebration. For Beth Barbis this year had a few extra camera flashes as she walked won the red carpet with her father at the Les Paull 10th Anniversary in New York City. The sold-out tickets, won by her mother Krystal on Listia, were a special graduation gift for Beth and a birthday present for husband Glenn.
From Glenn’s extensive record collection to Bethany’s saxphone playing, music runs deep in their familiy. So it was the “opportunity of a life time” to attend the 100th Anniversary event was in honor of Les Paul – the father of the solid body electric guitar. Les Paul is widely known as the inventor of multitrack recording, overdubbing, delay effects, and many other recording innovations that today’s recording artists use every day.
Venturing from Conemaugh, PA, just outside of Pittsburgh, they started their night walking down the red carpet in front of over 50 news crews who clamored to get the photo. Later the Barbis’ enjoyed a sold out performance by rock legends Joe Bonamassa, Steve Miller, Warren Haynes, Steve Vai, Neal Schon, Johnny A, Count’s 77 and Joe Satriani.
Beth had the chance to turn the tables and take photos of the stars and papparazzi herself before they headed to an exclusive invite-only after-party jam session with other musical greats at The Iridium Club on 51st which is where the great Les Paul played every Monday night up until his passing. There they were greeted with VIP seating, food and a giant birthday cake in the shape of the famous Les Paul guitar.
Exhausted from all the adrenaline and seeing all the amazing guitarists play, they headed home late at night from their “once in a lifetime” night in music history. Beth will be studying Photography and Business at Robert Morrison University in the fall. You can view her photos from the night here.
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