Woodstock, NY (March 12, 2013) – Announcing the Fifth Annual 2013 Woodstock
Invitational Luthiers Showcase (and Tonewood Festival), to be held October 25,
26 & 27, 2013, at the Bearsville Theater and Utopia Soundstage, 291 & 293 Tinker
Street, Woodstock, NY 12498. The Woodstock Invitational is an alternative guitar
show, featuring fine, contemporary, handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical
instruments, exhibited by their makers.
The Fifth Annual Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase is an intimate gathering
for the community of acoustic stringed-instrument builders, players, collectors and
aficionados, and has become one of the premier events of its kind in North America.
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. Nylon-string classical and flamenco guitars, steel-
string guitars - flattops, archtops, manouche, resonators, hybrids - plus mandolins, lutes,
ouds, ukuleles, banjos, and stringed oddities will be on display in the Bearsville Theater.
Other vendors include tonewood dealers, parts and tool suppliers, string and accessories
manufacturers, publications and instructional materials, our Sponsors, plus a Special
Exhibit of rare and significant historic, vintage and contemporary instruments loaned by
major collectors, all right next door to the Bearsville Theater in the Utopia Soundstage
Vendors Annex. Also in the Vendors Annex, in conjunction with Northwind Timber, is
Tonewood Festival, a pre-Showcase shopping opportunity featuring a number of fine
tonewood dealers, open to the public with free admission on Friday October 25, and
included in the price of admission Saturday and Sunday October 26 & 27.
There is continuous live music, including luthier mini-concerts, demos and special
appearances throughout Friday and Saturday, by some of the nation’s finest musicians,
in the Bearsville Theater Lounge, 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. Plus our annual String Sampler Concert of acoustic
music featuring internationally-known artists, venue and details to be announced.
The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase is nationally advertised in the guitar
press, locally promoted in regional journals and papers, and draws attendees from the
populous heart of the northeastern seaboard. The 2012 Woodstock Invitational featured
54 exhibitors, and drew approximately 1500 attendees, before Hurricane Sandy sent
everyone scurrying home.
For more information:
Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase