Silverlake Conservatory of Music Gala

Flea Honored at Gala featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers, Randy Newman, Anderson Paak


After becoming aware of the drastic funding cuts to music education in California’s public schools, musician and actor Michael “Flea” Balzary co-founded the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, which offers affordable — and in some cases, free — music education to children.

“For me, if you have something beautiful to express and you’re not able to express it, that’s the most tragic thing that could ever happen,” Balzary told The Times in a conversation before the school’s Sept. 9 gala in East Hollywood, honoring the superstar bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Click here to read my entire story in the Los Angeles Times, where you will also find more pictures. Guests also included Owen Wilson, filmmaker Gus Van Sant and artists Shepard Fairey, Glenn Kaino and Charming Baker.

Top photo: Flea, left, honored at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music Gala, performed with Anthony Kiedis, right, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers (Photo by Gary Leonard, courtesy of Silverlake Conservatory of Music)

Second photo: Anderson Paak closed the show at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music Gala (Photo by Gary Leonard, courtesy of Silverlake Conservatory of Music)



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Silverlake Conservatory of Music Gala

Published Oct. 7, 2017  – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA