A quick heads up for our Pacific Northwest readers: There are a couple of nearby guitar-related events that you should know about.
This weekend (May 12-14, 2017), the first-ever La Conner Guitar Festival takes place up in La Conner, Washington. This is the first time a larger, Healdsburg/Woodstock-style guitar show has been attempted in our neck of the woods. On-hand will be around 40 luthiers from around the country, including legends such as Steve Klein, Tom Ribbecke, Bryan Galloup, Steve Andersen and others. (If you’ve read the FJ for a while, you’ll see a lot of familiar faces.) There will be music clinics and performances all weekend long, too. If you want to try out some of the most beautiful handmade acoustic instruments being built today, this is your chance. We’ll be there and we’d love to see you. For more details or to purchase tickets, just click here. After the show on Friday (May 12), we’re throwing a mini-meetup at the La Connor Brewery, around 6 p.m. (find us on the outside patio). Can’t make it? Check out our Facebook page where we’ll be live streaming and posting photos from the event.
The week after, just for the heck of it, we’ll be hosting another Fretboard Journal meetup here in Seattle. On May 17, we’ll be taking over the Urban Family Brewing Company in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood. I’ve invited Earnie Bailey of Wire Instruments (Kurt Cobain’s former guitar tech, now building exquisite electrics down in Gig Harbor) to talk. You are of course encouraged to bring an instrument (acoustic or electric), too. Whenever we do these, a stellar mix of ultra-rare vintage guitars and new creations seems to show up… it’ll be a lot of fun. I’ll be bringing a few of our favorite instruments currently at our office to check out, including a new 14-fret Waterloo, our Pre-War D-18 (one of the first relic’d acoustics ever…but don’t laugh, it actually delivers the goods!) and our Fretboard Summit OM, built by T. Drew Heinonen. As always, this event is totally free, informal and kid-friendly. Bring a guitar to show & tell or just come for a pint and conversation. Note: Urban Family has no food beyond pretzels but welcomes outside food. Starts at 7 p.m., goes till 9. RSVP via our Facebook event page or just show up.
For those of you outside of the Pacific Nothwest, don’t worry. We’re planning some meetups and special events around the country later this summer and beyond (and another Fretboard Summit, likely in early 2018). Stay tuned…