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A Celebration Of The Ventures

The GRAMMY Museum is thrilled to host a panel discussion and performance in conjunction with the new exhibit Walk, Don’t Run: 60 Years Of The Ventures. The conversation, moderated by Scott Goldman, will feature the full current lineup of The Ventures, including Bob Spalding (lead guitar), Leon Taylor (drums), Ian Spalding (rhythm guitar), and Luke Griffin (bass guitar), along with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (who has been associated with The Ventures since the 1980’s and has done recordings with them over the years) and Fiona Taylor (Mel Taylor's widow and band manager). A performance will follow the discussion. Attendees will have an opportunity to view the new exhibit before the program, from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

 

The Ventures are considered one of the most influential, best-selling, and prolific instrumental bands in rock and roll history, having recorded more than 250 albums in the past 60 years. The inherent versatility as an instrumental band has allowed the band to explore several musical styles throughout their career, including surf, country, classical, and more. Between 1960 and 1972, 38 of the Ventures albums made it to the charts. Additionally, the Ventures released instructional albums that have made it to the Billboard charts. Many novice guitar players have credited these educational LPs as a direct influence on their own bands, which has earned the Ventures the honorary title of "the band that launched a thousand bands."

 

To showcase the group's impact on pop culture, guitar players, and their worldwide fan base, the GRAMMY Museum’s new exhibit, Walk, Don't Run: 60 Years Of The Ventures, will showcase original items from the group's six-decade career including instruments, tour programs, never-before-seen photos, vinyl, and more.