June3 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
June 4 Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
June 5 Boston, MA @ Middle East
June 6 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore at TLA June 8 Detroit, MI @ TBD June 9 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop June 10 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre June 12 Chicago, IL @ Metro June 13 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre June 14 DeMoines, IA @ House of Bricks June 17 Aspen, CO @ Belly Up June 18 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre June 20 Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theatre June 23 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey June 24 Portland, OR @ Dante’s June 25 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent June 26 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour June 27 Alpine, CA @ Dream Catcher Showroom (Viejas Casino) July (exact date TBA) Austin, TX July (exact date TBA) Dallas, TX July (exact date TBA) Houston, TX
US AIR GUITAR NATIONAL FINALS:
August 8 San Francisco, CA @ Grand Ballroom (Another Planet Entertainment)
AIR GUITAR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS:
August 20 – 22 Oulu, Finland
Since its inception in 2003, the US Air Guitar Championships have grown from a modest two-city competition into a major national tour that reaches more cities, fans and competitors every year. The USAG has garnered international media attention including features in the New York Times, Associated Press, Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann, the BBC, CNN, ABC News, NPR, Rolling Stone, Howard Stern, The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night With Conan O’Brian, MTV News, The Christian Science Monitor, Forbes and homepage video placements on YouTube, Myspace, AOL, and Yahoo! Last year’s US Finals in NY were judged by Malcolm Gladwell (author of The Tipping Point), former Saturday Night Live star Rachel Dratch, Jason Jones of The Daily Show, and ACLU lawyer Ben Wizner. We couldn’t believe it either.
The 2008 US Air Guitar Championship promises to be even better, with a bigger and badder 21-city bill and with TouchTunes as the official digital jukebox sponsor for the second consecutive year. Defending US Champion William Ocean of New York will have to fly a little higher as he looks to fend off the recent influx of promising young prospects. The Pacific Northwest and Mountain West regions have finally gotten called up to the big leagues, as Seattle, Portland, Aspen, Denver, and Salt Lake City have all been added to the fray. The threat of all this new talent will no doubt force the old guard to raise their games, making the anticipation surrounding this year’s competition downright combustible. Those who were lucky enough to be in attendance at the Sold Out Championship event last at New York’s Irving Plaza can attest to the elevated level of competition. McNallica of Boston made a believer out of judge Malcolm Gladwell with her thunderous display of sheer power. Big Rig of Houston showed his love of country, and a whole lot more, when he donned the stars and stripes…in Speedo form. Grizzled veteran, O.G., and father of 2, The Shred, turned back the clock and did the Nation’s Capitol proud. Ricky Stinkfingers of San Francisco, a virtual unknown, wrote himself into the annals of Air Guitar folklore with his debaucherous, unruly, straight savage performance in the offices of Rolling Stone Magazine, and then followed that up with an equally inspiring performance that night, winning over the crowd of thousands. And The Rockness Monster defied gravity itself, as he looked to the heavens and walked out onto a sea of people.
In 2008, USAG brings the Title-Belt event to the city by the Bay. For the first time ever, San Francisco will host the US Air Guitar Championship Final. We hear they’ve been missing some muscle* over there. Not to worry. USAG hits it out of the park every time.
US AIR GUITAR - THE COMPETITION
Each US Regional will each consist of two rounds. In Round 1, each competitor performs to a song of their own choosing. In Round 2, the top competitors from Round 1 perform to a surprise compulsory song. In each round, contestants perform for one minute of a song and are judged on a combination of technical merit, stage presence, and “airness." All guitars must be invisible. In each city, the jury is a panel of independent judges that are hand picked by US Air Guitar. The results of the jury cannot be protested.
One winner from each city, and defending champ William Ocean will be brought to San Francisco in August 2008 to compete in the US Air Guitar Finals for the crown of US Air Guitar Champion. The 2008 US Champ will then be sent to Oulu, Finland later that month to represent the USA in the World Championships, where he or she will compete against national champions from all around the world.
Founded in 2003, US Air Guitar is the official Air Guitar Association of the United States and is responsible for operating the US Air Guitar Championships, official Regional events, and specialized championships. US Air Guitar is devoted to taking our nation's unofficial pastime out of the bedroom and putting it up on the world stage. US Air Guitar is an official member of the World Air Guitar Association. Entering its sixth year in the US and its eleventh year world-wide, official national championships currently are held in the USA, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and the United Arab Emirates, with more countries participating every year. The 2008 Air Guitar World Championships will take place this August 20 - 22 in Oulu, Finland.
AIR GUITAR NATION Now Available on DVD.
Winning 'Best Documentary' at the Whistler Film Festival, the “Audience Award" at the SXSW Film Festival, an Official Selection at Tribeca, Woodstock and Edinburgh International Film Festivals, and having it’s television debut on VH-1’s Rock Docs, AIR GUITAR NATION has arrived for its DVD encore. After storming movie theaters in 100+ markets across the country, the tour-ready release includes the original hilarious documentary in 5.1 Surround Sound, plus bonus features including never-before-seen deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, additional air guitar performances, "Where Are They Now" updates, and more. AIR GUITAR NATION is available nationwide wherever DVDs are sold, as well as online at iTunes and at docurama.com. You can also rent it via NetFlix or at your local video store.
'Air + Guitar = Genius! On a scale of 0 to 7, we give it an 11.' – Newsweek
'A feel-good underdog story.' – New York Magazine (Critic's Pick)
'The movie's wild performances and droll humor are tough to resist' – New York Times
For more on the movie, visit www.airguitarnation.com