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Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase Announces Exhibitor Roster, Special Events, Concerts, Clinics and Performance Schedule for October 26, 27 & 28, 2012

  |   October 12, 2012  |  Comment

The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase is an alternative guitar show, featuring fine handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical instruments exhibited by their makers. Show and sale with continuous live acoustic music performances, Luthier Mini-Concerts, and Special Appearances, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28, 2012, at The Bearsville Theater & Utopia Soundstage, 291 & 293 Tinker Street (Route 212), Woodstock, New York 12498. General Admission $20 per day; two-day pass $30. Advance tickets Bearsville Theater Box Office: 845-679-4406, www.bearsvilletheater.com

Entering it’s fourth year as a public event, The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase presents a gathering of the absolute best contemporary stringed-instrument makers displaying the finest examples of the luthiers’ art. Fine handmade instruments such as these are not usually available in music stores or other retail environments, and this is a rare opportunity for the public to see, play and experience the instruments, meet with their makers, discuss custom options and one of a kind creations, and to buy or order a dream guitar from dozens of master builders, gathered together in one place. Thirty-two Luthiers exhibiting in Bearsville Theater, with more Luthiers and other vendors in the Vendors Annex, next door in Utopia Soundstage. More than Fifty Exhibitors in all, including wood dealers, parts and tool suppliers, inlay artists, and lutherie services, string and accessories manufacturers, magazines and publications, lutherie schools and our Sponsors. Also included is a Special Exhibit of significant historic, vintage and contemporary acoustic guitars and stringed instruments loaned by major collectors and institutions, a mini-museum of spectacular stringed exotica, plus a Special Presentation by Martin Guitars. For the complete list of Exhibiting Luthiers & Vendors, go to: http://www.woodstockinvitational.com/exhibitors2012.html

There will be continuous Live Music, Luthier Mini-Concerts and Special Appearances on the Performance Stage in the Bearsville Theater throughout both days, with fine and famous musicians, international recording artists and music educators demonstrating instruments and performing on behalf of the makers, included in the price of admission. Diverse musical styles – Folk, Flamenco, Fingerstyle Blues and Celtic, Jazz, Bluegrass, Middle Eastern, African, Latin-American, Classical – represented. There will also be Charity Raffles of guitar products, strings and accessories donated by our Sponsors, the entire proceeds benefiting the John Herald Fund/Family of Woodstock, Inc.. For list of Performers and Performance Schedule, please visit the MUSIC & EVENTS page on our website: http://www.woodstockinvitational.com/music-and-events-2012.html

In addition, there will be a “String Sampler” Concert at the Woodstock Playhouse, 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY on Saturday night, October 27; an After-Show Concert on Sunday night, October 28 at The Colony Café, 22 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY; and a number of Instructional Clinics and Workshops on Saturday and Sunday, all by separate admission. Please visit our MUSIC & EVENTS page for full details and schedules: http://www.woodstockinvitational.com/music-and-events-2012.html

Special Event: TONEWOOD FESTIVAL! 10 AM to 6 PM, Friday October 26, Utopia Soundstage: Tom Thiel & Northwind Timber Presents a Pre-Showcase shopping opportunity, Northwind’s 5th Annual Tonewood Festival. Exhibiting wood dealers Northwind Tonewoods, RC Tonewoods (Bob Cefalu & Sons), Carl Barney Tonewoods, Blues Creek Guitars and others will be set up and selling their finest top sets, backs and sides, neck blanks, fingerboards, exotic woods and figured beauty, tools, jigs and fixtures, during set-up day. Open to all interested parties, luthiers and general public, FREE admission Friday October 26, 2012! Tonewood Festival continues included w/ admission during Luthiers Showcase Saturday and Sunday.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: “The Evolution of the Acoustic Guitar” featuring C. F. Martin & Co.’s Museum Director, Archivist, and long-time Artist Relations/Designer Dick Boak (a 37-year employee of the company), who will offer a historical overview of Martin Guitars and the development of the acoustic guitar in America. The presentation will showcase examples of rare and priceless instruments from the Martin Museum collection, with period musical vignettes performed upon them by several “significant guest artists” in attendance for the event. The accompanying visual slideshow will focus on Martin’s colorful history, the evolution of the modern acoustic guitar, Martin’s historical contributions to the definitive acoustic guitar design, artist signature model collaborations, and on the specific guitar shapes, sizes and tonewoods that lend themselves to particular musical genres. “The Evolution of the Acoustic Guitar” will be open to the general public with FREE admission once each day at 2:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday, in the C.F. Martin Presentation Tent, next to the Bearsville Theater.

The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase is made possible with generous support from our Sponsors: ACOUSTIC GUITAR Magazine; the Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans/GUITARMAKER Magazine; D’ADDARIO STRINGS/PLANET WAVES Music Accessories/D’Addario & Company, Inc.; ESOTEC Beverages; FISHMAN Acoustic Amplification; GUITAR PLAYER Magazine; LA BELLA STRINGS/E. & O. Mari, Inc.; MARTIN GUITARS/C. F. Martin & Co., Inc.; WAMC Northeast Public Radio; and WOODSTOCK, NY Chamber of Commerce and Arts.


Saturday, October 27, 2012, 8:00 PM, “String Sampler” Featuring: Cindy Cashdollar & Steve James, Julian Lage, Haig Manoukian w/ Transition, Al Petteway,


The WOODSTOCK PLAYHOUSE, 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY 12498, (845) 679-6900, www.woodstockplayhouse.org

Sunday, October 28, 2012, 8:00 PM, “Post-Showcase After-Show Party, Show and Showcase” Featuring:,Kinloch Nelson, Sharon Klein, George Worthmore, other Woodstock Invitational Performers, The Left-Over Luthiers, Local Notables, and Special Guests TBA


The Colony Café, 22 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY 12498, (845) 679-5342, www.colonycafe.com


CLINICS & WORKSHOPS (Presented with Support from ACOUSTIC GUITAR Magazine):

Paul Asbell: “Fingerstyle Country Blues Workshop”, Steve James: “Slide Guitar Workshop”, Kinloch Nelson: “It’s All About Tone: String Attack and The Blossoming Note”, Al Petteway: “Blues Styles in DADGAD Tuning”, David Temple: “Classical & Brazilian Melodic Techniques”, Doug Wamble: “Jazz Guitar Workshop: The 88 Key Guitar”

All clinics and workshops will take place at The Bear Café, 295 Tinker Street (Route 212), Woodstock, NY 12498 (right next door to the Bearsville Theater), during Showcase hours Saturday & Sunday October 27 & 28. Cost per clinic is $35, advance reservations recommended. For full Clinic descriptions, dates, times and reservation information go to: http://www.woodstockinvitational.com/clinics.html

Please visit www.woodstockinvitational.com/about2012.html for full details, ticket information, directions, food & lodging, etc.


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