Sweetwater, the third largest retailer of music instruments and pro-audio in the U.S., will present GearFest ‘13, a celebration of musicians and the instruments and equipment they use to make music.

Ft. Wayne, IN (May 15, 2013) -- Sweetwater, the third largest retailer of music instruments and pro-audio in the U.S., will present GearFest ‘13, a celebration of musicians and the instruments and equipment they use to make music. GearFest ’13 takes place on Friday, June 21st from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, June 22nd from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 5501 US Hwy 30 W, Fort Wayne, Indiana. GearFest is free and open to the public.

Part trade show, part entertainment event, part flea market, and part musicians’ toyland, GearFest offers something for everyone!

There will also be an indoor/outdoor festival featuring live music, delicious food, amazing prizes, and lots of fun for the entire family. This year’s expo is bigger than ever, with two days full of dozens of informative workshops and seminars, scores of manufacturer exhibits, musical performances, and special surprises!

Sweetwater Founder and President Chuck Surack remarked, “We are proud to offer this event every year. It continues to grow, and there’s literally nothing like it elsewhere in the country. There’s certainly nothing this big, with so many great attractions, that is also free and open to the public. That’s why people come to GearFest, from throughout the Midwest, and from around the entire country.

To speed up the registration process at the festival, you can pre-register online; visit: http://www.sweetwater.com/feature/gearfest2013/register.php. For more information, call (800) 222-4700.

An event as big as GearFest demands an equally big giveaway of free gear! Our vendors have provided more than $45,000 in gear that will be awarded to lucky GearFest attendees. Hourly prizes will be given away from over 30 top manufacturers, such as Avid, Line 6, Antelope, Fishman, Apogee, Moog, Mojave, Orange, Ampeg, Washburn, Taylor, Lakland, Chandler, Kush Audio, Rode, Sonodyne, Maag Audio, Pigtronix, and many more! You must attend GearFest and register in person in order to win.

In addition, Sweetwater will be offering once-in-a-lifetime sale pricing on many products.

GearFest ‘13 will host a multitude of guests from all areas of the music industry for exciting performances and workshops. This year’s featured speakers include guitarist Bill Kelliher, bass player Billy Sheehan, drummer Terry Bozzio, record producer Jack Douglas, producer/engineer Frank Filipetti, power pop band Fountains of Wayne, producer/engineer Fab Dupont, mixer Chris Lord-Alge, and many others.

The entire GearFest ’13 schedule of events is available online at: http://www.sweetwater.com/feature/gearfest2013/workshops.php.

Musicians will enjoy a free guitar setup and restringing service, plus a musicians’ flea market, where used equipment can be bought, sold, or traded. To pre-register to sell equipment at the flea market, call (260) 432-8176.

More than 200 manufacturers of musical instruments, music technology, and audio equipment will be on hand to give musicians a look at the latest gear. This rare opportunity will feature over 35 guitar gear manufacturers, more than 45 recording equipment vendors, 20 software publishers, 20 microphone makers, and much more!

Other attractions will include hourly giveaway drawings for thousands of dollars of equipment and instruments, plus tours of Sweetwater’s world-class recording studios and headquarters.

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