Modeled after the high-profile DrummerFest event which annually draws hundreds of fans from around the nation to the New Berlin, Wisconsin Cascio superstore, GuitarFest 2005 will offer guitarists and guitar fans a chance to see, hear and interact with six amazing and influential guitarists in an up close and personal setting. Special GuitarFest savings will be in effect in the Guitar & Bass Department on selected items, with free prize giveaways too!
Slated to appear at GuitarFest 2005 are:
Chris Poland (Electric Guitar) - The enigmatic former guitarist of metal protagonists, Megadeth. Most musicians fade from view when they sever ties with the bands that brought them fame. Poland is a rare exception. Though he chooses to maintain a low profile, his movements remain on the cultural radar. You don't forget players this good. Poland's recent solo efforts and his work with OHM reveal chops loaded with firepower and as potent as ever. Learn more at www.chrispoland.com.
Kasim Sulton (Electric Bass, Acoustic Guitar) - The stylish journeyman whose brilliant bass playing and flexible vocals have graced the grooves of over 50 million albums. One of the most sought-after sidemen in history, Sulton has played with everyone: Todd Rundgren, Mick Jagger, Joan Jett, Hall and Oates, and hundreds more. He's presently touring with Meat Loaf and developing his own signature bass guitar (www.ksultonbass.com) with Archer Guitars USA. Learn more about Kasim at www.kasimsulton.com.
Will Ray (Electric Guitar) - A wicked Tele-slinger in the tradition of Gatton, Burton and Buchanon, Ray hit L.A. in '83 and morphed with fellow monsters Jerry Donahue and John Jorgenson to form the Hellecasters. They were quickly discovered and signed by Ex-Monkee Mike Nesmith and proceeded to redefine guitar playing as we know it! Ray is also a highly regarded producer for major artists like Steve Earle, Joe Walsh, Thomas Dolby and others. Learn more about Will at www.hellecasters.com/WillRay/will_bio.htm
Kim Stone (Electric Bass) - His tenure with smooth jazz pioneers Spyro Gyra was tantamount to four years in the college of musical knowledge. Upon graduation, Stone enrolled with the highly respected Rippingtons where he has anchored the bottom end for 18 consecutive years! Gratefully borrowed on occasion by venerable peers like BB King and Larry Carlton, Stone is a deeply revered player who has circled the globe relentlessly for his art. Learn more about Kim at www.rippingtons.com/b/ksbio.php
Artie Traum (Acoustic Guitar) - Some years back, Traum mesmerized clinic-goers at Cascio Interstate Music with a deft display of folk guitar virtuosity, clever writing, and career anecdotes from the '69 Newport Folk Festival, his 20 recorded albums, his producing and recording with artists like John Sebastian and The Band, his huge success in Europe and Japan and his recent flirtations with jazz. No victim of disposable pop culture, Traum is the real deal! Learn more about Artie at www.artietraum.com/about.html.
Special Guests - Negotiations are still ongoing for other very special guests to appear. Check www.interstatemusic.com frequently for updates on the GuitarFest lineup.