The great thing about my job is that I get to meet so many talented musicians. Some are superstars, some are great Jersey performers and some are still climbing the ladder to success; then there are the rare few who have it all, like legend Les Paul. I had the pleasure of meeting Les when he was playing at the Iridium in Times Square. My nephew Pete was the bartender and had kindly arranged for my close friend Pat Guadagno to play a song with the legend himself. Paul was blown away and in a rare move invited Pat to play another song with him. Needless to say, it was a music night I’ll never forget.

Les Paul is someone who was and still remains loved by many. While he technically was considered a jazz, blues and country artist his influence has no boundaries. To commemorate his life and celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday, a huge soiree is being thrown in his honor. An exhibit, concert and party are being held on Tuesday, June 9th in Times Square. The event is scheduled to bring out celebs and performers like Steve Miller and Warren Haynes. Journey’s Neal Schon will also be in attendance to declare June 9th, his birthday, “Les Paul Day.”

The star-studded fun in New York City is all sold out but you can catch Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience as it moves to Mahwah, NJ—the place that he called home for over 50 years. The interactive and one-of-a-kind exhibit will be on display from Friday, June 12th through Sunday, June 14th.  What’s even better is the whole thing is free. Get down to the Mahwah Museum and support a true Jersey guy and an international icon. Les Paul may no longer be here but his contributions to music will live on forever. More information can be found at the Mahwah Museum’s official website.