Luthiers and guitarists gather in Memphis, Tennessee.
by Teja Gerken
May 26, 2015
Guitar fans who find themselves near Memphis, Tennessee, on the weekend of June 5–7 should be sure to check out the inaugural Memphis Acoustic Guitar Festival. Modeled after such shows as the Healdsburg Guitar Festival, Montreal Guitar Show, and Newport Guitar Festival (all of which are now defunct), the festival features a custom guitar exhibit with more than 70 luthiers (including Peghead Nation partner Bruce Sexauer; see video below), player workshops, and mini concerts (which include Peghead Nation Advanced Fingerstyle Workshop guests Paul Asbell, Mark Hanson, and Richard Smith).
Held at the Hilton Memphis, the festival is close to many of the area’s attractions, such as Beale Street, Graceland, and more. Tickets for access to the exhibition hall and mini concerts are $40 a day, $70 for two days, or $90 for all three days. Workshops have a separate cost of $45 apiece.
For a full schedule, listing of participating luthiers and artists, and more info, visit memphisguitarfest.com
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