What there is to know
- The Jim Irsay Collection went to Los Angeles in March
- The show, which includes musical and sports artifacts collected by the Indianapolis Colts owner, has several important components
- John Lennon’s “Sgt. Pepper’s” piano, star-studded guitars and “Rocky” handwritten pages (written by Sylvestor Stallone) are part of the tour
Is spring the busiest, most musical and rockest time on the Southern California calendar?
A devotee of musical experiences might rightly claim that this is so.
After all, some of the biggest concert-stravaganzas in the desert, from Coachella to Stagecoach, are once again ready to delight fans, while shows later in the spring share their schedules.
And a large-scale exhibition devoted to the great guitarist Les Paul? This opens at the Museum of Making Music, Carlsbad, in mid-April.
Which means the festive Southern California stop of the Jim Irsay Collection, a mondo cluster of famous musical instruments, sporting artifacts and other major pieces of pop culture memorabilia, was particularly well chosen. .
The treasure-filled roster, which is on tour, is owned by Jim Irsay, owner and CEO of the Indianapolis Colts.
Guitars are the centerpieces of the collection, with Bob Dylan’s electric guitar (first seen at the Newport Folk Festival) standing out, while a Beatles drum kit is another fan favourite.
And the Andy Beech personalized yellow cloud? Prince played this catchy instrument many times in the 80s and 90s.
You can return to the Los Angeles event, which took place on March 12, 2022, by visiting the collection’s site or watching a video that was just released.
Want to see the instruments in person? Your next step: Find out where to see some of these major musical marvels in person. The tour then heads to New York and then to Indianapolis.
And while it’s not collection-related, guitar enthusiasts will want to attend this Les Paul exhibit in Carlsbad. It opens on April 12 and continues until the end of May 2022.