The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase is an alternative guitar show featuring fine, handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical instruments exhibited by their makers. The Showcase is a show and sale with continuous live acoustic music performances, mini-concerts, and special appearances that runs from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23, 2011, at The Bearsville Theater & Utopia Soundstage, 291 & 293 Tinker Street (Route 212), Woodstock, New York 12498. General Admission $15 per day; two-day pass $25.
Entering it’s third year as a public event, The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase presents a gathering of the absolute best contemporary stringed-instrument makers displaying the finest examples of the luthiers’ art. Fine handmade instruments such as these are not usually available in music stores or other retail environments, and this is a rare opportunity for the public to see, play and experience the instruments, meet with their makers, discuss custom options and one of a kind creations, and to buy or order a dream guitar from dozens of master builders, gathered together in one place. Thirty-two Luthiers exhibiting in Bearsville Theater, with more Luthiers and other vendors in the Vendors Annex, next door in Utopia Soundstage. More than Fifty Exhibitors in all, including wood dealers, parts and tool suppliers, inlay artists, and lutherie services, string and accessories manufacturers, magazines and publications, lutherie schools and our Sponsors. Also included is a Special Exhibit of significant historic, vintage and contemporary acoustic guitars and stringed instruments loaned by major collectors and institutions, a mini-museum of spectacular stringed exotica. Click here for a complete list of exhibiting luthiers & vendors.
There will be continuous live music, luthier mini-concerts and special appearances on the Performance Stage in the Bearsville Theater throughout both days, with fine and famous musicians, international recording artists and music educators demonstrating instruments and performing on behalf of the makers, included in the price of admission. Diverse musical styles – Folk, Flamenco, Fingerstyle Blues and Celtic, Jazz, Bluegrass, Middle Eastern, African, Latin-American, Classical - represented. There will also be Charity Raffles of guitar products, strings and accessories donated by our Sponsors, the entire proceeds benefiting the John Herald Fund/Family of Woodstock, Inc.. For list of Performers and Performance Schedule, please visit the MUSIC & EVENTS page.
In addition, there will be a “String Sampler” Concert at the Colony Café, 22 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY on Friday night, October 21, an After-Show Concert on Sunday night, October 23, and a number of Instructional Clinics and Workshops on Saturday and Sunday, all by separate admission. Please visit the MUSIC & EVENTS page for full details and schedules.
Special Event: TONEWOOD FESTIVAL! 10 AM to 6 PM, Friday October 21, Utopia Soundstage: Tom Thiel & Northwind Timber Presents a Pre-Showcase shopping opportunity, Northwind’s 5th Annual Tonewood Festival. Exhibiting wood dealers Northwind Tonewoods, RC Tonewoods (Bob Cefalu & Sons), Carl Barney Tonewoods, Blues Creek Guitars and others will be set up and selling their finest top sets, backs and sides, neck blanks, fingerboards, exotic woods and figured beauty, tools, jigs and fixtures, during set-up day. Open to all interested parties, luthiers and general public, free admission. One day only, Friday October 21, 2011!
Friday, October 21, 2011, 8:00 PM
“String Sampler” Featuring:
Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo Guitar Duo
Kinobe & the African Sensation (Ugandan kora!)
American Guitar Masters (Larry Pattis & Peter Janson)
The Colony Café
22 Rock City Road
Woodstock, NY 12498
Sunday, October 23, 2011, 8:00 PM
“Post-Showcase After-Show Party, Show and Showcase” Featuring:
Kinloch Nelson, Sharon Klein, George Worthmore, other Woodstock Invitational Performers, The Left-Over Luthiers, Local Notables, and Special Guests TBA
The Colony Café
22 Rock City Road
Woodstock, NY 12498
CLINICS & WORKSHOPS (Presented with Support from ACOUSTIC GUITAR Magazine):
Paul Asbell: “Fingerstyle Country Blues Workshop”
Kinloch Nelson: "Arranging Songs For Solo Guitar, Some Fingerboard Mapping & A Little Theory"
David Temple: “Classical & Brazilian Melodic Techniques”
Happy Traum: “12-String Guitar Workshop”
Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo: “Jazz Guitar Duets: Arrangements and Interplay for Two Guitars”
Doug Wamble: “Applying Piano Techniques for Guitar: Boogie-Woogie, Gospel, New Orleans and Stride”
All clinics and workshops will take place at The Bear Café, 295 Tinker Street (Route 212), Woodstock, NY 12498 (right next door to the Bearsville Theater), during Showcase hours Saturday & Sunday October 22 & 23. Cost per clinic is $35, advance reservations recommended. Dates and times to be announced, see MUSIC & EVENTS page on website for full details.
Please visit website www.woodstockinvitational.com for more Clinic details, list of Exhibiting Luthiers, Performers, full schedule, directions, Lodging options, etc.