Wallowing in Guitars

“The Wall-to-Wall Guitar Festival presented a global perspective on what the guitar is capable of—both in terms of how the instrument has been embraced within different cultures, and the cross-pollination of techniques and styles,” enthuses artistic director David Spelman.

The event, held at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Illinois campus at Urbana, ran between September 29th and October second. In addition to featuring dozens of renowned artists grouped under themes such as Masters of the Slide Guitar, Celebrating Six-String Jazz, Spanish Accents, Guitar Around the Globe, and Blurring the Boundaries, there were seminars, workshops, photo exhibits, children’s jams, a vintage instrument display, and student recording sessions in the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.