Some rock history will be rollin’ into Turlock when the Carnegie ROCKS! exhibit opens May 24, with special guests Ace Frehley of KISS, the band Night Ranger, and George Lynch of Dokken in attendance for the VIP opening night.
The Carnegie Arts Center exhibit features more 40 one-of-a-kind guitars played by some of biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll history, from a private collection owned by Turlocker Matt Swanson.
Frehley, Night Ranger, and Lynch will be in attendance for the opening night of the exhibit. Tickets are required to be part of the one-night VIP opening.
Tickets for the VIP opening night are currently on sale here, beginning at $250. Admission includes a private Night Ranger concert at the Carnegie Arts Center, an exhibit tour and Q & A with Swanson, as well as food, drinks, and a commemorative Pilsner glass.
There are also sponsor packages ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, which also feature meet-and-greets with Frehley, members of Night Ranger, and Lynch.
All funds raised by the VIP opening night will benefit the Carnegie Arts Center.
The collection on display features electric and acoustic guitars and amps, spanning from the 1930’s to the present, including:
– A 1974 Cherry Sunburst Les Paul guitar played by Frehley in KISS during the mid-late ‘70s.
– A Marshall stack used by Steve Vai on David Lee Roth’s “Eat ‘Em and Smile” tour.
– A 1959 Telefunken microphone used by Les Paul.
– A Red Fender Stratocaster used by Brad Gillis on the Ozzy Osbourne and Night Ranger tours.
– The last costume worn by Frehley in performance with the original members of KISS.
– A Monteleone guitar.
– A vintage sign saying “The Iridium Proudly Presents Les Paul” from the Iridium Jazz Club in New York.
The exhibit will also have several video stations where visitors can see the items on display being used in performances.
The exhibit will be on view at the Carnegie Arts Center, located at 250 N. Broadway, from May 25 through Aug. 17.