The Eighth Annual Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase (and Tonewood Festival) will be held October 21 - 23, 2016, at the Bearsville Theater and Utopia Soundstage in Woodstock, NY. The event 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.
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 a special exhibit of rare and significant historic, vintage and contemporary instruments from the Doctorow Collection, all right next door to the Bearsville Theater in the Utopia Soundstage Vendors Annex.
Located in the “Tonewood Tent” in front of Utopia Soundstage, in conjunction with Northwind Timber, is the Tonewood Festival. A pre-showcase shopping opportunity, the Tonewood Festival will feature a number of fine tonewood dealers, open to the public with free admission on Thursday, October 20, and continuing during show hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 21 - 23.
Continuous live music will be featured in the Bearsville Theater Lounge during show hours, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Performances include luthier mini-concerts, demos and special appearances from some of the nation’s finest musicians. The live music is included in the price of admission.
There will also be a series of instructional clinics and workshops for players, plus seminars and colloquia for builders, by separate admission. And on Saturday, October 22, 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 & Company, 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.
For more information, visit woodstockinvitational.com.