The Guitar Center Music Foundation to honor music legend Ernie Isley at its third-annual benefit concert

Ernie Isley

The Guitar Center Music Foundation (GCMF), a nonprofit organization that advances the healing, transformative power of music by granting instruments to music education and music therapy programs in need, has announced its upcoming third-annual benefit concert, this year honoring Ernie Isley, a key member of The Isley Brothers, who have been inducted into both Guitar Center’s Rock Walk and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This year’s fundraiser and concert event will take place on Thursday, April 4 from 7-11 pm at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif.

The Isley Brothers have been making musical hits for over 60 years, including “Twist and Shout,” “Shout,” “That Lady,” and “For The Love of You.” Ernie Isley’s distinctive lead guitar was a key element of the group’s sound, and he continues to be one of the most respected living guitarists today.

At this exclusive event, GCMF will be presenting Ernie Isley with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Produced by Hammond Entertainment, the evening will also feature dinner, cocktails, a special live performance, and silent and live auctions. Ernie Isley’s daughter, GRAMMY®-nominated Alex Isley, will also perform in honor of her father, along with other special guest performances. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Guitar Center Music Foundation to aid in their mission to keep music alive and accessible for all.

Ernie Isley states, “I am excited to be a part of the upcoming benefit concert organized by The Guitar Center Music Foundation. I believe that music helps improve people’s lives, especially the work of music education programs and other related initiatives, and that is what GCMF stands for. I am honored to be their award recipient this year, and I’ll be doing everything in my power to contribute to a very special evening.”

David Helfant, Chairman of the Board at The Guitar Center Music Foundation, adds, “Our annual benefit concert has become a very special tradition for the GCMF family. Ernie Isley and his brothers have left an immeasurable legacy in music history, and we look forward to honoring him at this year’s gala.”

Event producer Bill Hammond remarks, “It is an honor to be the producer for The Guitar Center Music Foundation tribute to honor Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers. They have been going for well over half a century, and Ernie’s style and sound are legendary still to this day. Big thanks to my music director Greg Phillinganes, and a heartfelt thank you to Myka Miller, the Executive Director of the GCMF, and David Helfant, the Chairman of the Board, to share the vision.”

Tickets to attend are available here. Four sponsorship levels are also available. Contact [email protected] to get involved.

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