Paul Klipsch ( 1904-2001) was an audio pioneer and resident of Hope. He was the inventor of Klipsch speakers and is considered one of the nation’s most celebrated audio pioneers because he revolutionized the way the world listens to recorded music.
Klipsch founded the Kilpsch speaker company on a deep-rooted love of music. The Klipsch Music Festival ( it’s still a young gun at only 2 years old) was created as a way to pay homage to its founder. The event is this Saturday (June 11) at Fair Park in Hope and is a celebration of live music that will showcase country, rock, jazz and blues musicians.
The free concert is from 3- midnight and bands appearing include Black Water, Hazy Jane, The Night Hawk Band, the Jason Helms Band, and Liquid Kitty.
Klipsch’s speakers are regarded among the top in the field by audio buffs. Unsatisfied with the sound quality of phonographs and early speaker systems, Klipsch used scientific principles to develop a corner horn speaker that sounded more lifelike than its predecessors.
Those interested can learn more at the Klipsch Museum in town at 200 East Division Street. The museum is dedicated to the life and achievements of Klipsch and contains a replica of his office, speakers, model railroad trains he built, photographs and other memorabilia. The museum shares the restored Cairo-Fulton Railroad Depot (circa 1873) in downtown Hope with Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce and is open during chamber office hours of 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and by appointment at other times. For more details on the festival check out www.community.klipsch.com/pilgrimage/.