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

Woodstock, NY (August 30, 2010) -- 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 features continuous live acoustic music performances, luthier mini-concerts, and special appearances, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, October 23 and 24, 2010, at The Bearsville Theater & Utopia Soundstage, 291 & 293 Tinker Street (Route 212), Woodstock, New York 12498. General Admission $15 per day or $25 for a two-day pass.

Thirty luthiers are exhibiting in Bearsville Theater, with more luthiers and other vendors in the Vendors Annex, next door in Utopia Soundstage. There will be more than fifty exhibitors in all, including wood dealers, parts and tool suppliers, inlay artists, 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.

This is a rare opportunity 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. Nylon-stringed classical and flamenco style guitars, steel-string flattop and archtop guitars, crossovers and hybrids, mandolins, banjos, and more will be on display.

In addition, there will be a “String Sampler” concert in the Bearsville Theater on Friday night, October 22, (separate admission) and a number of instructional clinics and workshops (also by separate admission) on Saturday and Sunday. A portion of any proceeds will benefit The John Herald Fund, Family of Woodstock, regional food banks and local soup kitchens, and The Direct Grace Project.

8:00 PM, Friday, October 22, 2010
“String Sampler” featuring Ara Dinkjian Trio, Vicki Genfan, Vic Juris, and more TBA at the Bearsville Theater
Tickets $30

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). Cost per clinic is $35, advance reservations recommended. Participants should bring their own instruments. Dates and times still to be announced, see MUSIC & EVENTS page on the website for full details.

Paul Asbell: “Fingerstyle Country Blues Workshop”
Vicki Genfan: “Percussive Techniques for Acoustic Guitar”
Vic Juris: “Jazz Guitar Workshop”
Kinloch Nelson: "Arranging Songs For Solo Guitar, Some Fingerboard Mapping & A Little Theory"
Maria Zementaukis: “Flamenco Techniques”

For clinic details, a list of exhibiting luthiers, full schedule, directions, lodging options, and more, visit

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