December 11th, 2009, 10:25 am by Greg
December 7th, 2009, 10:36 am by Greg
After three nights of preliminary competition at Tess’ Lark Tavern, Savannah’s and the Bayou Cafe, Q103’s Guitar Wars battle came down to the grand finale at Revolution Hall in Troy on Thursday night.
One of the top eight finalists would walk away with the crown as the Capital Region’s top guitarlinger and a $10,000 Martin guitar.
Or would they?
Apparently one of the finalists George Catanzal wasn’t able to compete on Thursday, so another short round of preliminaries was held first of Thursday night to find one more finalist to add to the mix. Classical guitarist Kevin Prockup emerged as that winner, which sent him straight into the finals, competing against Albie Von Schaaf, Rob Guerin, Chuck Valentine, Dallas Sheppard, Steve White, Mat Kane and Kaitee Page.
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December 3rd, 2009, 11:57 am by Greg
The battle lines have been drawn, and now it’s all coming down to one big last showdown, as the final night of Q103‘s Guitar Wars competition takes place at Revolution Hall in Troy at 7pm on Thursday (December 10).
Eight of the area’s top musicians will battle it out for bragging rights as Nippertown’s best guitarslinger and top honors in Guitar Wars. The winner will receive the grand prize of a $10,000 limited edition Yuengling/Martin guitar.
The eight finalists are:
Albie Von Schaaf (of the Black Fuel/These Are the Hits)
Chuck Valentine (of Road to Galway)
Mat Kane (of Disposable Rocket Band)
Kaitee Page (of Lunic)
The finalists were selected in earlier rounds of the competition at such Albany music venues as Tess’ Lark Tavern, Savannah’s and the Bayou Cafe.
As you might expect, most of the finalists are playing electric guitars, but Rob Guerin plays dazzlingly on his acoustic guitar, and just to make things really interesting, Mat Kane and Kaitee Page don’t even play guitar.
That’s right, early in the competition, Guitar Wars organizers decided not to limit the contest to guitarists, but to open it up to all stringed instrument players. And that allowed electric mandolinist Mat Kane and electric violinist Kaitee Page to enter the competition and earn a berth in Thursday’s finals. So you can bet that this is going to be an exciting night.
Admission is free, so come on down and show your support.
December 2nd, 2009, 2:16 pm by Greg
The third and final night of the preliminary round of Q103‘s Guitar Wars competition took place at the Bayou Cafe in Albany on Wednesday night. At the end of the night, there were only three musicians left standing.
Selected to move on to the Guitar Wars grand finale were:
Mat Kane (of Disposable Rocket Band)
Kaitee Page (of Lunic)
So it looks like it’s all coming down to one big showdown, as the Guitar Wars finals take place at Revolution Hall in Troy on Thursday, December 10. Eight musicians will battle it out for bragging rights and top honors in Guitar Wars. The winner will receive the grand prize of a $10,000 limited edition Yuengling/Martin guitar.
The other five finalists are:
Albie Von Schaaf
Come on out and support your favorite! Admission is free.
November 25th, 2009, 1:07 pm by Greg
In the ongoing search to find the hottest guitar hero in the Capital Region, night two of radio station Q103‘s Guitar Wars competition moved to Savannah’s in Albany on Tuesday night, where two more guitarslingers were chosen:
Tonight (Wednesday, December 2) is your last opportunity to test your fretboard skills against the rest of Nippertown’s guitar elite. Tonight’s competition gets underway at 9pm at the Bayou Cafe in Albany. There’s no charge to enter the contest, and there’s no admission charge, either, so come on down and cheer for your fave.
Entrants can register online in advance or in person at the nightclub tonight.
The winners from tonight’s showdown at the Bayou Cafe will compete with last night’s winners from Savannah’s and last week’s winners from Tess’ Lark Tavern – Albie Von Schaaf, Rob Guerin and Chuck Valentine – in the Guitar Wars finals at Revolution Hall in Troy on Thursday, December 10.
November 23rd, 2009, 10:46 am by Greg
The Guitar Wars competition – a kind of “American Idol” for local guitarslingers – got underway on Tuesday (November 24) with some mighty firey fretwork at Tess’ Lark Tavern in Albany.
Q103 DJ Mrozek emceed the procedings, and there was no foolin’ around as contestants lined up for their three minutes on stage to strut their six-string skills. A panel of judges for the event included solo performer and Lark Tavern open-mic host MotherJudge, classical and bluegrass guitar player and teacher Sten Isachsen, jazz guitarist and teacher George Muscatello and yours truly (Greg Haymes of Nippertown.com).
And in the end, three stellar axmen were selected to move on to the grand final round of competition:
Albie Von Schaaf: who plays in the Black Fuel and These Are The Hits
Rob Guerin: the only acoustic guitarist of Tuesday’s round
Chuck Valentine: who plays in Road to Galway
You can hear two of the finalists playing around Nippertown this weekend. These Are the Hits featuring Albie Van Schaaf will be in the spotlight at Tess’ Lark Tavern tonight (Wednesday, November 24), while Chuck Valentine and his band Road to Galway will be at Revolution Hall in Troy on Friday (November 28), sharing the stage with Hair of the Dog.
There are two more nights of preliminary competition slated for Tuesday, December 1 at Savannah’s in Albany and Wednesday, December 2 at the Bayou Cafe in Albany. Registration is still open, so sign up today to enter.
The three finalists selected on Tuesday as well as the top three guitarists from each of the first round competitions next week will face off in the finals at Revolution Hall in Troy on Thursday, December 10.
Tess Collins, the owner of Tess’ Lark Tavern in Albany, describes Guitar Wars as “‘American Idol’ for guitar players,” which pretty much sums it up.
Sponsored by radio station Q103, Guitar Wars will showcase some of Nippertown finest guitarslingers as they compete for a limited edition Yuengling/Martin guitar, alledgedly valued at $10,000.
The competition is open to all guitarists 21 years of age or older. Each guitarist will have up to three minutes to strut their best string strangling and fretboard fireworks on a cover song or original tune. Entrants can pre-register to compete online or in person at New Music in Albany.
The first night of competition takes place at Tess’ Lark Tavern in Albany on Tuesday (November 24) from 9-11pm.
Additional Guitar Wars competitions will be held at Savannah’s in Albany on Tuesday, December 1 and the Bayou Cafe in Albany on Wednesday, December 2. Each night, the top three guitarists as determined by the crowd will be selected to move on to the Guitar Wars final round of competition at 7pm on Thursday, December 12 at Revolution Hall in Troy.
There is no cost to enter the competition, and there is no admission charge for fans who want to attend the showdowns and cheer on their fave axman (or woman).
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