The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase is an annual acoustic guitar festival for the community of acoustic stringed-instrument builders, players, collectors and aficionados, presenting a gathering of the finest handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical instruments from around the world!
This year's String Sampler Concert will, again, be held at the gorgeous Woodstock Playhouse and will feature Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge; The Simon Shaheen Trio; Woody Mann.
Saturday, October 28, 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:00pm.
Ticket information: Front Row $65, Gold Section $50, Blue & Green Sections $40, tickets available from Woodstock Playhouse Box Office.
Please refer to the Performers section of the site for more information about these remarkable performers.
Bear Café Pavilion; included with admission; limited seating.
Saturday, October 28, 11:00am
Linda Manzer: The Group of Seven Guitar Project
From conception to completion, in slides and stories, why seven luthiers made seven guitars honoring the much-loved Canadian Group of Seven Painters, a major exhibition at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg, Ontario, on display May 21 - October 29, 2017.
Saturday, October 28, 1:00pm
Dick Boak: The 40 Year Intersection of Martin Guitars and Dick Boak
C. F. Martin’s soon-to-retire Archivist, with a visual presentation and trademark humorous delivery, on his unlikely transition from a vagabond hippie to Martin Guitars’ public persona.
Utopia Soundstage; included with admission. Open all three days of the Showcase!
Martin Guitars – The Dick Boak Collection
Celebrating Dick Boak’s unique career and pending retirement from C. F. Martin & Co. with a display of instruments from his personal collection, including: primitive “Boakstruments” from his early teenage years, personally-built acoustic and electric experimental instruments from his initial Martin years, a number of Martin Signature Editions from his Artist Relations years, the recent d-boak “Inside Out” Limited Edition Dreadnought featuring his illustrative artwork on the soundboard, his 000 12-fret retirement guitar made with special madrone burl gifted to him by the great George Nakashima, plus a few unusual non-Martin surprises.
Klein Guitars: 50th Anniversary Special Exhibit
Luthier Steve Klein broke through the guitar building scene in 1967 with the first major leap forward in the design of the steel string guitar in more than a generation. Considered a pioneer, a genius, and sometimes a radical by his peers, Klein fundamentally shifted the way that players, builders, and collectors view the guitar. Klein’s major accomplishments, featured in this special exhibit, focus on three major areas: design innovation of the steel string guitar, including his famous “flying brace”; ergonomically balancing the instrument with the human body to create harmony while playing; and insistence on creating the instrument as art – leveraging industrial design, world-renowned inlay and marquetry, and even jewelry making arts in the creation of his masterpieces.
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Woodstock, NY is the internationally known art and music community with a deep pool of notable local talent. Only a two-hour drive from New York City, October is peak autumn foliage season in the heart of the Catskill Mountains.