GP Presents Acoustic Masters Andy McKee, Stephen Bennett & Antoine Dufour at the Great American Music Hall on February 21--Win Tickets!

February 16, 2012
The Guitar Masters tour is on the road again, and this time the focus is on acoustic excellence. Guitar Player is excited to help present three outstanding purveyors of wood & wires at the most plush concert hall in the City by the Bay.

Guitar Masters is a rare chance for guitar aficionados that unites guitar virtuosos renown for unique techniques, stellar songcraft, and drawing out the musicality of solo acoustic guitar to near-orchestral dimensions. Headliner Andy McKee will be joined by Stephen Bennett and Antoine Dufour. Creative sparks, one-time only stunning improvisations and mutual inspiration are sure to abound as they come together at the end of each unique show.

Andy McKee is perhaps the most popular acoustic guitarist in cyberspace. He’s racked up something like a gazillion views on sites such as YouTube and MySpace. His captivating compositions are vehicles for myriad methods of attacking the acoustic instrument. He told GP in his April ’09 feature:

“I’m always searching for some new way to play the guitar. It keeps me interested in the instrument, and inspires me to write. My plucking-hand method incorporates some aspects I picked up by playing funk bass in the style of EWF’s Verdine White. I snap my wrist and slap the side of my thumb against the 5th and 6th strings for whapping, snare-like sound that creates a backbeat as I pluck with my fingers on the upper strings. Sometimes I’ll thump the heel of my right hand against the lower bout to create a sound similar to a kick drum, and roll my fingers for a bongo-like effect. I play a lot of melodies with my right hand by tapping my index finger straight down on the fretboard, and using the others to pluck open strings.”

Watch McKee’s ingenious take on the Toto classic “Africa.”

Stephen Bennett is master of the harp guitar and a performer of astounding sensitivity. Whether playing his great-grandfather’s harp guitar, slide on his 1930 National resonator guitar, or on a standard six-string, Bennett is consistently compelling.

Watch Bennett wow on harp guitar.

Antoine Dufour has emerged as a young star of fingerstyle acoustic guitar, building a worldwide reputation for innovation and creativity with six albums of original material released to critical acclaim, two live DVDs, and more than 30 million cumulative views on YouTube.

Check out Dufour in action here.

Get more information on the Acoustic Masters show here.

Bay Area acoustic aficionados—this is your show of shows. Get your tickets now!
Event Details:
Guitar Player Presents an Evening with Guitar Masters
Featuring Andy McKee, Stephen Bennett & Antoine Dufour
Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
Doors: 7:00 PM; Show: 8:00 PM 
This is a seated show!
$23 General Admission; $47.95 Dinner & Admission; Ages 6+
 Buy tickets now!
Information at 415.855-0750
Free Guitar Player magazines, D’Addario strings & Planet Waves accessories

Contest Details
For a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show, click HERE and put Acoustic Masters in the subject of your email. Phone contact appreciated for confirmation. Winner must provide own transportation to the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and have his or her own accommodations in the Bay Area on February 21.
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