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Jail Guitar Doors: Rock Out!


Tom Morello performed several Nightwatchman songs at the benefit, including “One Man Revolution”.

I love music and have witnessed some great performances in my time. I was living in New York City when Bob Dylan came on the scene. I worked at the Jazz Gallery and the Five Spot and saw such greats as Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie. I saw the Eagles tour Hotel California, and Springsteen when he toured Born To Run. So I know good music. I must say, though, I’ve rarely been as captivated and excited and moved as I was the other night at the Ford Theater in the hills of  Hollywood during the Jail Guitar Doors Rock Out! Concert. Jail Guitar Doors is a charity that provides musical instruments for inmates in prison and those newly released. It takes its name from a song by The Clash, the opening line of which is, “Let me tell you ‘bout Wayne and his deals of cocaine”, referring to guitarist Wayne Kramer of the rock group Motor City 5, who spent two years in prison for selling cocaine—in those days Kramer had a heavy addiction.

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09/06/13: Jail Guitar Doors Benefit Concert in L.A.!

Jail Guitar Doors Benefit

Join David Scott Milton in enjoying a night of great music for a great cause at the 2013 Jail Guitar Doors benefit concert!

The MC5’s incendiary lead guitarist Wayne Kramer and the inimitable Billy Bragg, co-founders of Jail Guitar Doors USA, host this all star benefit concert on Friday September 6th, 2013. The concert will feature guest host Jay Mohr, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, singer-songwriter Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin, Jill Sobule, Jason Heath & the Greedy Souls, Franc Foster and his Melting Pot and other surprise guests! Jail Guitar Doors is a nonprofit organization that combines musical instruments with opportunities to rehabilitate prisoners. Rock Out! marks the organization’s first full scale concert in the Los Angeles area and promises to be one heavy night of rock ‘n’ roll.

Showtime @ 8:30pm, Gates open @6:30

Come early and picnic on the patio and listen to the tunes of R4P and Erin Inglish.

Ford Theatres in Hollywood

2580 Cahuenga Blvd E. Los Angeles, CA 90068

For more information, view the event or call 323-461-3673