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The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase Announces 2011 Details

The Showcase is an alternative guitar show, featuring fine, handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical instruments exhibited by their makers.

Woodstock, NY (September 10, 2011) -- The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase is an alternative guitar show, featuring fine, handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical instruments exhibited by their makers. The show will take place on October 22 and 23 at the Bearsville Theater and Utopia Soundstage in Woodstock, New York. General admission is $15 per day or $25 for a two-day pass.

Entering its 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. The showcase lineup includes more than 50 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 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.

The showcase kicks off on October 21 with the 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. This special event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Utopia Soundstage and is open to the public with free admission.

Concerts at The Colony Café:
Friday, October 21, 2011, 8:00 p.m.: “String Sampler” featuring Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo Guitar Duo, Kinobe & the African Sensation (Ugandan kora!), and American Guitar Masters (Larry Pattis & Peter Janson) at

Sunday, October 23, 2011, 8:00 p.m.: “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.

Clinics and Workshops at The Bear Café:
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”

Clinics take place during showcase hours. Cost per clinic is $35, advance reservations recommended.

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Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase
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