Jail Guitar Doors Returns to ROCK OUT 5! with Moby and Benmont Tench at the Ford Theatres on Saturday, September 28th | Shore Fire Media

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Jail Guitar Doors Returns to ROCK OUT 5! with Moby and Benmont Tench at the Ford Theatres on Saturday, September 28th

Jail Guitar Doors Returns to ROCK OUT 5! with Moby and Benmont Tench at the Ford Theatres on Saturday, September 28th

This annual benefit features a rare live performance by Moby and his band including Mindy Jones, Tripp Beam, Julie Mintz, Jonathan Nesvadba, Daron Murphy, Laura Dawn, with special guest Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)

Opening set by Soledad Jazz Workshop with pianist Jack Bowers features legend Phil Ranelin (The Tribe); Poet Laureate Luis Rod


Los Angeles, CA --- August 30, 2019 --- A once-in-a-lifetime set by Moby with his band at the Ford Theatres to benefit Jail Guitar Doors (JGD-USA) happens on Saturday, September 28th  at 8pm. The annual concert tradition is thriving with this all-star line-up including very special guest Benmont Tench of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

 Moby’s performance will include a combination of originals – even mega-hits like “Natural Blues” and “We Are All Made of Stars” could find their way into the set – in combination with specially selected covers you would only construct in your wildest dreams. In other words, anything can happen including guests who, in past years have included Duff McKagan, Don Was, Bobcat Goldthwait -- and at ROCK OUT, it does! 

The night opens with the Soledad Jazz Workshop with Detroit’s “Vibes from The Tribe” trombone legend Phil Ranelin together with pianist Jack Bowers and Wesley Haye. Emceed by LA’s former poet laureate Luis Rodriguez. Host Wayne Kramer glides skillfully throughout all sets and does a few of his own, too.

 Both VIP and General Admission tickets are available here: ROCK OUT! for Jail Guitar Doors.

"Moby is no stranger to justice reform. He has called for a reduction in incarcerated populations around the world and he supports meaningful change in the way men, women, and children – mostly of color – are treated in this country,” notes MC5 lead guitarist and JGD-USA co-founder Wayne Kramer. “It’s just a plus for us all that he and his band rock the house and rattles its bones!” 

“Justice reform isn’t a radical notion,” explains Moby. “Even in our current reality, it’s primarily a bi-partisan effort. So, I’m thrilled to have an excuse to get the band together for Brother Wayne’s charity event.” Moby also mentions, “A majority of the American people want this reform, especially as it relates to drug offenders, so let’s put the money we raise on September 28th to good use by applying it to those prisoners fervently looking for positive change.”

In its 10th year, Kramer’s nonprofit organization Jail Guitar Doors (which he co-founded with wife Margaret Saadi Kramer and fellow musician Billy Bragg) celebrates at the Ford Theatres in keeping with its tagline as “the loudest charity on planet earth.” JGD-USA’s mission is to aid in the rehabilitation of prisoners by providing musical instruments and organizing music programs at prisons, jails, and juvenile camps across the country. To date, JGD-USA has a presence in a stunning 143 facilities across the United States, with dozens more to participate by year’s end.


TICKETS (Reserved Seating):

Adult: $50

Students/Children: $35/$30

VIP: $150*

Student/Child VIP: $125 


*VIP ticket purchases include a signed copy of Wayne Kramer’s memoir The Hard Stuff courtesy of Industrial Amusement, gifts from supporters Monkeywrench Coffee, Dr. Bronner’s All One! Soaps, and Teragram Music giveaways, as well as a pre-show performer meet and greet.

Since its inception in 2009, Jail Guitar Doors has been on the front line, lobbying against unjust lengthy prison sentences and the privatization of prisons for profit, and has been actively seeking to restore humanity in a forgotten segment of our youth citizenry — the incarcerated. 

Tickets are available at www.FordTheatres.org or by calling (323) 461-3673. To learn about discounts for groups of 10 or more, please visit FordTheatres.org.



Jail Guitar Doors works toward a more fair and just America. They are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing musical instruments and mentorship to help rehabilitate incarcerated individuals through the transformative power of music. Using the medium of collaborative music and songwriting for everyone, we strive to achieve measurable rehabilitative outcomes. We seek to advance new solutions to diminish prison violence and recidivism. We support organizations that engage in policy reform efforts and partner with social service groups to help people in prison successfully rejoin the outside world. And we actively work to educate leaders and decision-makers on how to bring real reform to the criminal justice system.



The John Anson Ford Theatres are owned by the County of Los Angeles and operated in partnership with the Department of Parks & Recreation and the Ford Theatre Foundation. Situated in a 32-acre regional park in the Cahuenga Pass, the Ford Theatres complex is one of the oldest performing arts venues in Los Angeles still in use. This event is part of the Ford Theatres 2019 Season, an eclectic series of music, dance, theatre, film and family events that represent the diversity of the region. Ford programs nurture artists, arts organizations and audiences through initiatives designed to encourage participation in the arts.              

The Ford is located off the 101 Hollywood Freeway at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068, between Hollywood and Universal Studios in the Cahuenga Pass. Grounds open two hours before show time for picnicking. In addition to a variety of food and beverages available on site, patrons are welcome to bring their own food and drink (wine and beer are allowed). The Ford is disabled accessible. Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request.  

Onsite parking at the Ford is limited and stacked. $12 per vehicle, cash only. Carpool and save: three or more people per vehicle pay only $7 for parking for evening shows. A FREE shuttle to the Ford services the Universal City/Studio City Metro Station at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga (excluding Big World Fun and JAM Sessions). The Ford shuttle stops in the “kiss and ride” area and cycles every 20 minutes. Non-stacked parking is available off-site for only $8, with free shuttle service to the Ford, please check the website for details.


A complete season schedule, onsite dining options, directions, and parking information can be found at FordTheatres.org. For more information contact Margaret Saadi Kramer at margaret@jailguitardoors.org or call (323) 651-2816.