Sweetwater, the third largest retailer of music instruments and pro-audio in the U.S. will present GearFest ’12, a celebration of musicians and the instruments and equipment they use to make music. GearFest ’12 takes place on Friday, June 22nd from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, June 23rd from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 5501 US Hwy 30 W, Fort Wayne, Indiana. GearFest is free and open to the public.
Part trade show, part entertainment event, part flea market, and part musicians’ toyland, GearFest offers something for everyone!
There will also be an indoor/outdoor festival featuring live music, delicious food, amazing prizes, and lots of fun for the entire family. This year’s expo is bigger than ever, with two days full of dozens of informative workshops and seminars, scores of manufacturer exhibits, musical performances, and special surprises!
Sweetwater Founder and President Chuck Surack remarked, “We are proud to be able to offer this event every year. It continues to grow, and there’s literally nothing like it. It is a unique form of trade show. There’s certainly nothing this big, with so many great attractions, that is also free and open to the public, anywhere else in the country.”
To speed up the registration process at the festival, you can pre-register online; visit: www.sweetwater.com/feature/gearfest2012/register.php. For more information, call (800) 222-4700.
An event as big as GearFest demands an equally big giveaway of free gear! We’ve amassed more than $65,000 in gear that will be awarded to lucky GearFest attendees. Included is some of the hottest gear for recording, guitar, and live sound from Avid, Gibson, Line 6, PreSonus, Native Instruments, Universal Audio, Egnater, MOTU, Steinberg, QSC, and Great River. Not only will guests be able to get their hands on the latest audio technology at GearFest, lucky winners will be able to take some home too! You must attend GearFest and register in person in order to win.
In addition, Sweetwater will be offering once-in-a-lifetime sale pricing on many products.
GearFest ‘12 will host a multitude of guests from all areas of the music industry for exciting performances and workshops. This year’s featured speakers include Thomas Dolby, Jeff Loomis, George Massenburg, Marcus Miller, and many others.
The entire GearFest ’12 schedule of events is available online at: www.sweetwater.com/feature/gearfest2012/workshops.php.
Musicians will enjoy a free guitar setup and restringing service, plus a musicians’ flea market, where used equipment can be bought, sold, or traded. To pre-register to sell equipment at the flea market, call (260) 432-8176.
More than 200 manufacturers of musical instruments, music technology, and audio equipment will be on hand to give musicians a look at the latest gear. This rare opportunity will feature over 35 guitar gear manufacturers, more than 45 recording equipment vendors, 20 software publishers, 20 microphone makers, and much more!
Other attractions will include hourly giveaway drawings for thousands of dollars of equipment and instruments, plus tours of Sweetwater’s world-class recording studios and headquarters.
Travel and hotel information for Fort Wayne, Indiana, is available at: www.sweetwater.com/feature/gearfest2012/register.php.