Play it Forward: NAMM’s Museum of Making Music Raises Spirits and Funds with Performance from GRAMMY® Award Winning Musicians, Albert Lee and Cindy Cashdollar

Release Date: September 12, 2017

CARLSBAD, Calif. September 12, 2017 – On Saturday, September 9, over 500 generous music and arts patrons and GRAMMY® award-winners Albert Lee and Cindy Cashdollar propelled NAMM’s Museum of Making Music (MoMM) to one of the most successful benefit concerts in the museum’s history, welcoming over 500 patrons and raising nearly $30,000 for its continued efforts. The annual “Play it Forward” evening benefit concert, held at San Diego’s Irwin M. Jacobs Hall, featured lively performances from Lee, an acclaimed guitarist, and Cashdollar, a steel guitar, lap steel and dobro virtuoso, backed by a full band of musicians. Funds raised from the pairing of musical innovation and inspiration will go to support the museum’s mission to offer educational immersion opportunities, exhibitions, hands-on experiences and live performances that inform and inspire guests as they learn how musical instruments impact popular culture and connect lives. 

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(Photo: Tim Whitehouse)
“This event went above and beyond anything we were hoping for and would not have been possible without the generosity of our patrons,” said Carolyn Grant, Museum of Making Music Executive Director. “The impact of tonight’s event will ripple through our community with more children than ever before having access to museum programs.” Albert Lee added, “I’ve played thousands of shows all across the world and I can tell you, this one was filled with a ton of give-back energy and a whole lot of heart!”

Patrons of the evening enjoyed a two-hour performance of inspiring musicianship through the harmonious melodies from the likes of Albert Lee, Cindy Cashdollar and band. The nearly two-hour long set started with a boisterous cover of Fat’s Domino’s “I’m Ready,” followed by a more recent Lee hit, “Two Step Too,” and wrapped with the multi-decade favorite, “Country Boy.” Two-time Grammy® winner Lee is one of today’s most celebrated guitarists, known for his fretwork, hybrid picking technique, and lighting speed. Cashdollar, a five-time Grammy® winner in her own right, is equally accomplished, having playing alongside the likes of Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan and Dolly Parton to name a few.  

Donations raised at the gala will help offset the museum’s annual operating costs as it continues to provide access to visitors wishing to discover a century of instrument innovations that shaped American popular music. Additionally, the museum’s year-round music education programs are crucial to thousands of children, adults and seniors in San Diego County. The Museum’s signature programs include the funding of a scholarship that enables fixed-income adults and seniors the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, as well as the museum’s annual Title One Fieldtrip Program that provides free access to the museum for low-income students from Carlsbad and the neighboring communities of Vista, Oceanside, San Marcos and Escondido.

Coming in October and running through April, 2018, the museum’s “FLOATING STRINGS: The Remarkable Story of the Harp Guitar in America,” exhibition of harp guitars ranging from the 1860s to today. NAMM’s Museum of Making Music displays over 500 vintage instruments and hundreds of audio and video clips from industry luminaries for the more than 40,000 visitors who attend each year.

Photos are available for editorial use. Please credit Tim Whitehouse for MoMM: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/h7vbrbwq7mgcztq/AAAlJuvg4W9yRnuSBo7Y_9tPa?dl=0

Media Contacts: Chalise Zolezzi / chalisez@namm.org / 760-438-8007; Jeanne O’Keefe for MoMM: jokeefe@lippingroup.com / 323-965-1990

  • About the Museum of Making Music

    NAMM's Museum of Making Music presents the storied history of music instruments and products - from invention, to creation, to market - as its canvas to enrich people of all ages and backgrounds. They do this by offering educational immersion opportunities, exhibitions, hands-on experiences, and live performances that inform and inspire, while demonstrating how musical instruments impact popular culture and connect lives.

    A division of the NAMM Foundation, the museum opened at the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) headquarters in March, 2000. MoMM is the only museum of the music products industry, and is the only museum worldwide that focuses on the ecosystem of music making from 1900 to present day.

    For details on the museum’s concerts, exhibits, workshops and outreach programs, please visit https://www.museumofmakingmusic.org/