Chattanooga, TN – In August, The Songbirds Guitar Museum and Performing Arts Center on Station Street in Downtown Chattanooga closed its doors permanently due to Coronavirus restrictions limiting live performances, thereby sigificantly lowering profits and making the renewal of their lease virtually impossible.
However, The Songbirds Foundation still remains and this holiday season, they are launching a Retro Holiday Benefit Auction to raise money for their Guitars for Kids Program.
According to Songbirds, they have an “absolute treasure trove of wonderful retro items, donated guitars, and other cool stuff.”
For every $100 raised by the auction, a child will receive a guitar along with 12 weeks of free lessons and in-depth music therapy.
The auction will feature over 100 vintage items including records, concert posters and tickets, reel to reel machines, comic books, toys, cameras, clothing, metal signs and a 2017 Gibson Les Paul Tribute HP Goldtop autographed by guitarists Joe Bonamassa, Robben Ford, Eric Gales, Greg Koch, Mark Lettieri, Joe Robinson, Andy Timmons and Andy Wood.
The Foundation is also hosting a Free Facebook Live Doyle Dykes Holiday Special on Wednesday, Dec., 9, 2020 from 7:15 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. EST.
Dykes, a country music acoustic guitarist, will share songs and stories from the Songbirds performance space.
Dykes has performed with the Stamps Quartet and Grand Ole Opry star Grandpa Jones in addition to a solo career spanning decades.
Songbirds also promises “exciting news” about the Performing Arts Center during the performance. On a Google Search, Songbirds is now listed as “Temporarily Closed”. Could it be they will announce a reopening?
The auction launches on Tuesday, December 1st and closes on Monday, December 14th. To join the event, visit the Songbird Foundation’s Facebook Page.