Jimi Hendrix News: Guiness Book of World Records for largest guitar ensemble set in Poland at Thanks Jimi Festival (video), fundraising begins for Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle
On Tuesday (May 1), at the 10th annual Thanks Jimi Festival in Wroclaw, Poland, a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Guitar Ensemble was set with over 7000 guitarists paid tribute to guitar legend Jimi Hendrix by jamming on his classic ‘Hey Joe.’
Organizers said that 7273 guitarists, wielding both electrics and acoustics, took part, besting the old record of 6346 that was set at the same event back in 2009.
Looks like the long in the works Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle, Washington is getting closer to reality. This was posted yesterday on the official Jimi Hendrix Experience offical facebook page:
Dear Jimi Hendrix Fans,
History is in the making in the heart of Seattle and you are invited to be a part of it! Inspired by the writings, music, and art of Jimi Hendrix, plans are underway for the creation of a vibrant gathering place that celebrates the legendary Seattle native, in the neighborhood where he grew up. The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation, with enthusiastic community input, influenced the action to revisit a 2006 Site Plan for a sustainable landscape with structural elements suitable for outdoor activities that represent the musical icon’s legacy.
And now, with your help, the Foundation’s mission for development of Jimi Hendrix Park will be realized through fundraising efforts. Led by Janie Hendrix, CEO/President of Experience Hendrix L.L.C, and Carver Gayton, Director Emeritus of the Northwest African American Museum, the Foundation was awarded $500,000 from the City of Seattle Parks and Green Spaces Levy, as well as a $75,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund grant for design and development work. Murase and Associates, one of Seattle’s leading landscape architects, facilitated a public engagement process during the summer of 2011 that produced a design concept as bold, colorful, and electrifying as the park’s namesake.
It transforms 2.5 acres adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum into a multi-use location where contemplative, interactive, and educational components are envisioned, such as:
• Interpretative Walkways • Creative Rainwater Collection and/or diversion • Central Shelter and other Picnic Stations • Individual and Vignette Seating • Enhanced Landscaping
To bring all of this about, the Foundation aims to raise at least $700,000 in private funds by June 2012 toward a total of $1.5 million needed to complete final phases of the development project. Tremendous progress has been made but your help will keep the momentum going.
Just as Jimi Hendrix communicated unity through his musical medium, the park concept, with its diverse partners, will do likewise, promoting community. As a donor, your contribution to this lasting legacy will be recognized on our web site and printed materials. You will be an honored founding member in an esteemed group of individuals who have made an investment in the future of this Seattle community.
To learn more about making a contribution, please visit the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation website, http://www.jimihendrixparkfoundation.org/.
Checks made payable to Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation may be mailed to: Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation -P.O. Box 58152 -Seattle, WA 98138
Perhaps you would like to leave a lasting legacy for loved ones with a named gift in their honor. This and other creative charitable opportunities are available. Employer matching funds would be most welcome, as well. Please take a moment to make your tax-deductible contribution today. One hundred percent of your gift goes directly towards park development. Thank you for supporting the Jimi Hendrix Park and for playing a part in history.