Ninth Annual Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase Announced

The Ninth Annual Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase (and Tonewood Festival) will be held October 27 - 29, 2017 at the Bearsville Theater and Utopia Soundstage in Woodstock, New York.
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The Ninth Annual Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase (and Tonewood Festival) will take place October 27-29, 2017, at the Bearsville Theater and Utopia Soundstage in Woodstock, New York.

The Woodstock Invitational is an alternative guitar show, featuring fine, contemporary, handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical instruments exhibited by their creators.

The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase is an intimate gathering for the community of acoustic stringed-instrument builders, players, collectors and aficionados. It has become one of the premier international events of its kind. Fine, handmade acoustic instruments such as these are not usually available in music stores or other retail environments. This is a rare opportunity for the public to see, hear, play, buy or commission custom-made instruments—the finest examples of the luthiers’ art—gathered together in one place.

Steel-string guitars, flattops, archtops, manouche, resonators, harp guitars and hybrids, nylon-string classical and flamenco guitars, plus mandolins, lutes, ouds, ukuleles, banjos, and stringed oddities will be on display in the Bearsville Theater and Utopia Soundstage. Other vendors include tonewood dealers, inlay artisans and supplies, parts and tool suppliers, string and accessories manufacturers, publications and instructional materials, lutherie schools and programs, and our sponsors, plus special exhibits of rare and significant historic, vintage and contemporary instruments.

In the “Tonewood Tent” in front of Utopia Soundstage, in conjunction with Northwind Timber, is the Tonewood Festival, a pre-Showcase shopping opportunity featuring a number of fine tonewood dealers. The event is open to the public with free admission on Thursday, October 26, and continuing during show hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 27-29.

There will be continuous live music, including luthier mini-concerts, demos and special appearances during show hours (11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday) by some of the world’s finest musicians in the Bearsville Theater Lounge. Live music is included in the price of admission.

A series of Instructional Clinics and Workshops for players will also be held, plus seminars and colloquia for builders by separate admission. And on Saturday, October 28, WILS will present its highly acclaimed annual String Sampler Concert featuring internationally known artists at the Woodstock Playhouse by separate admission.

Woodstock, New York, is an internationally known art and music community with a deep pool of notable local talent. Only a two-hour drive from New York City, convenient to Upstate New York and the New England region, there will be peak autumn foliage in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. The Bearsville Theater is an historic venue built by music-impresario Albert Grossman as a part of his Bearsville Sound complex. The Utopia Soundstage was built for musician/producer Todd Rundgren.

The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase is presented with generous support from our sponsors: Acoustic Guitar Magazine (Premier Sponsor); The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans (ASIA)/Guitarmaker Magazine; Bourgeois Guitars; D’Addario Strings & Music Accessories/D’Addario & Co., Inc.; Esotec Beverages; Fishman Acoustic Amplification/Fishman, Inc.; Guitar Player magazine; Martin Guitars/C. F. Martin & Co., Inc.; PRS Guitars; WAMC Northeast Public Radio; and the Woodstock, NY Chamber of Commerce and Arts.

2017 Exhibitors and Performers are listed on the website as they are confirmed.

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