Guitar Festival

SAACA will host the Park Place Guitar Festival at Park Place Mall.

Courtesy of SAACA

Presented by Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and sponsored by Park Place, the Guitar Festival will include live music, Air Guitar Competition, giveaways, guitar show and swap, an improvisation jam, kids' activities, guitar orchestra and mariachi performances by local school groups, GuitART, vendors and exhibitors.

From those who were born with a guitar in hand to kids whose greatest exposure has come from Guitar Hero, multiple activities throughout Saturday will engage attendees of all skill levels.

Guitarists of every genre will perform interactive shows enlightening and entertaining audiences. Performers will include international classical and flamenco competition winners from the University of Arizona, local rock bands and well-known blues performers, co-sponsor by the Tucson Guitar Society.

Guitar clinics ranging from how to care for a guitar to how to compose for the guitar will inspire many guitarists.  Visual art will meet musical art as students paint and decorate acoustic guitars in a variety of themes, coined as GuitART. Coordinators will lead students through the artistic processes.

The guitar show and swap will feature local appraisers, guitar collectors and the public showing and purchasing unique guitar treasures. This is an opportunity to take the classic guitar a great grandfather passed down and find the history and value never imagined.

Guitar orchestras and mariachi students from area schools will be able to perform and have their lessons interwoven throughout the festival.

At the close of the festival, musicians of all genres will perform an improvisation jam session from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Food Court Main Stage.

For more information, visit www.SAACA.org.

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