FEST: Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase @ Bearsville Theater



The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase is serious business for guitar geeks.

It’s part museum display and part art exhibit, giving fretboard fanatics a golden opportunity to not only look at and drool over instruments that are way out of their price range, but also to touch, feel and maybe even play them.

With more than 50 luthiers from all around the world showcasing their handiwork, the annual three-day event – which takes place at the Bearsville Theater and the surrounding grounds in Woodstock this weekend – also attracts some of the best guitar players around.

So for just $20 per day or $50 for the whole three-day gathering, you not only get the chance to do some guitar gawking, but you also can hear some fabulous guitarists, including Kaki King, Pierre Bensusan, Jerry Douglas, Charlie Hunter, Happy Traum, Larry Campbell, Bucky Pizzarelli, Cindy Cashdollar and Frank Vignola.

Here’s a day-by-day breakdown of who’s playing on which day:

Peter Einhorn
Jeffery Pepper Rodgers
Kinloch Nelson
Tim Farrell
Bob Gramann
Alex Houghton
Jimmy Eppard
Sharon Klein
Paul Asbell
Matt Durfee
Perry Beekman & Lou Pappas
Courtney Hartman

Courtney Hartman
Eddie Diehl & Lou Pappas
Cindy Cashdollar
Paul Asbell
Itamar Erez
The Frank Vignola Trio
Happy Traum
Bruce Ackerman
Sean Harkness
Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo
Matt Finck & David Gilmore
Frank Sole & Henry Nerenberg
Stephen Bennett
Kinloch Nelson
Martin Keith
Paul Asbell
Jerry Douglas

Paul Asbell
George Parrott & Eric Bright
Craig D’Andrea
Itamar Erez
Sones de Mexico Ensemble
Tim Farrell
Pierre Bensusan
Charlie Hunter
Cindy Cashdollar
Kaki King
Eric Aceto
Joe Veillette
Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

FIRST NIGHT SARATOGA @ various locations, Saratoga Springs, December 31
BRIDGE JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (Troy) and Massry Center for the Arts (Albany), February 24 & 25
A TASTE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 9-11
MOUNTAIN JAM @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 16-18
SOLID SOUND @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, June 23-25

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