From June 28 – July 2, 2015 musicians of all ages and levels will once again converge in California’s scenic Central Coast for the second annual G4 Experience with guitar virtuosos Joe Satriani, Tosin Abasi & Animals as Leaders, Guthrie Govan & The Aristrocrats, and Mike Keneally. This unique music camp that combines entertainment, education and a vacation experience will again be held at the picturesque Cambria Pines Lodge in Cambria, California, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Produced by Dreamcatcher Events, the G4 Experience is an extension of Satriani’s own G3 Tour, a concert tour the guitarist founded which features Satriani alongside two other well-known guitarists. “This year I’m happy to announce an exciting new G4 line up, with each player selected for their stunning musicianship and original approach to guitar playing,” Satriani revealed. “Guthrie will be bringing his bandmates from The Aristocrats – Bryan Beller on bass & Marco Minnemann on drums. Tosin will come with his Animals As Leaders featuring guitarist Javier Reyes & drummer Matt Garstka,” he enthusiastically continued, “Mike “The Wizard” Keneally returns this year bringing his unique multi-instrumental style and approach to the camp giving clinics, playing a solo show as well as being part of my band’s performances. To round out our teaching/performing staff will be good friends and all-around awesome guitarists Doug Doppler, Bruce Bouillet, and Andy Aledort along with my friend, Stu Hamm on bass.”
The event will kick off on Sunday, June 28 featuring a meet and greet with Joe, The Aristocrats, Animals as Leaders, Mike and G4 Experience guests. The rest of the experience will be filled with Master Classes led by Joe, Animals As Leaders, The Aristocrats, as well as smaller, breakout workshops with the other G4 leaders. In addition, during dinner each evening, there will be a featured concert with the G4 leaders followed by guests given the ability to ‘jam’ in any of the eight, fully loaded jam rooms!
Guthrie Govan, guitarist for the Aristocrats, looks on the whole event as a very special opportunity, “Every aspect of this event promises to be a lot of fun, but I must say I’m particularly looking forward to the fact that the whole Aristocrats trio will be there, working together, like when we’re writing, rehearsing or touring. That time is hugely important, but all too often gets overlooked.”
Given the huge success of last summer’s first G4 Experience, Satriani is ecstatic about launching the second event, “Last year’s successful G4 Experience in Cambria left me with great memories from each and every day. Teaching is something very close to my heart and I take it seriously. Having the chance to share what I know about music and guitar playing with like-minded players is always fun, and I find the camp environment brings out special performances from me and all the teachers.” Brimming with pride, he continues, “The G4 format allows us to explore all kinds of things which would simply not be possible in a typical “one off” Master Class session: the tutors and students will have more time in which to “connect” so the event promises to provide a much more personalized experience for the campers.”
The intimate G4 Experience is available for a maximum of 175 attendees. The event size is limited so every guest will have the opportunity to spend time with each of the featured artists. This unique music camp is open to guitarists of all ages and levels and provides an entertaining and educational once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience.
Tickets for the G4 Experience are on sale now here. Admission includes 4 nights lodging, meals, master classes, break-out sessions, live performances and jam sessions in 8 fully stocked jam rooms. Every attendee will also receive a welcome kit with items from D’Addario and Planet Waves.
“I’m confident each and every G4 camper will come away inspired and armed with more useful musical knowledge than they could have attained in any other way. The camp makes learning fun and creates an atmosphere of camaraderie that can’t be matched anywhere else.” Joe Satriani’s life-long pursuit of musical perfection now extends to those he eagerly takes into his “classroom”.
As an added bonus, if you register by December 31, 2014 you’ll receive a free Pigtronix Class A Boost pedal and West Coast Pedal Board when you arrive at camp.
Featured musician/instructor Tosin Abasi elaborates on the unique experience for teachers and campers: “We are looking forward to our participation in The G4 Experience. Not only are we excited to interact with other great established musicians, but we are also excited to interact with guitar players from all walks of life. With workshops, jam sessions and a great atmosphere, this unique event is a must for anyone who loves playing guitar.”
For the G4 Experience, guests will choose from a variety of room options at Cambria Pines Lodge in scenic Cambria, on California’s Central Coast. Located on 25 acres of Monterey pines and landscaped gardens, Cambria Pines Lodge (www.cambriapineslodge.com) is within minutes of the Pacific Ocean and Hearst Castle, and is close to hundreds of wineries. Cambria is easily accessible by air via the San Luis Obispo airport and by car via the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.