Film Screening: The Ballad of Don Lewis

Sunday, February 16, 2020 @ 5:00 PM
  • Museum Members receive a 10% ticket discount

Event Details

The Ballad of Don Lewis is the story of an electronic music pioneer whose musical genius and technological vision personified both the creative freedom and institutional fears within the music industry. In the 1970s and 80s, Don gained iconic status throughout the San Francisco live music scene while performing with a revolutionary instrument of his own design – LEO (Live Electronic Orchestra) - an innovative cohesion of synthesizers and sound modules which proved to be a decade ahead of its time.

But while his popularity continued to grow, the Musicians Union publicly protested his performances - claiming that Don Lewis was a threat to the future of the Musicians Union. This ultimately ended his career with the instrument to which he was so inextricably tied.

Twenty years after Lewis left the limelight and placed LEO in storage, the two would be reunited and recognized for their historical contributions at the Museum of Making Music – now the home to LEO.

This exclusive film screening is followed by a Q&A with Don Lewis and film director Ned Augustenborg.


In conjunction with this film, MoMM will be offering a Family Day featuring fun synthesis activities for kids!

For seated events that take place at the Museum, the venue is divided into two seating areas: Premium and General. Premium Seating comprises the first several rows of seats for guests who wish to sit closer to the stage. General Seating completes the remaining available space. Seating capacity for the venue is limited to 150 guests.

For seated events at the Museum, the seating format is open seating (first-come, first-served) within each designated seating area unless otherwise specified. Reserved seating is available as a benefit through the Museum's Listening & Visionary Track Membership programs.

Will call check-in typically begins one hour before the start of an event. Seating begins roughly one half-hour before the event start time.

No outside food or beverage is allowed in the Concert Venue or in the Museum Galleries.

If you have any accessibility concerns or requirements, please contact our staff at (760) 304-5844 with seating requests or accommodation questions.

Most (but not all) concert events will have a brief intermission. During this time, the Museum Galleries and Gift Shop will be open for guests to visit.

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Listening to sounds at an excessive volume over prolonged periods of time can damage hearing. Though the Museum attempts to maintain control over concert volume levels, there are instances when performances can achieve high volume levels. The Museum makes hearing protection available in the form of complimentary foam ear plugs. These can be obtained at any time upon request.