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Guitar Center crowns the next King of the Blues

Guitar Center has announced the winner of King of The Blues '07, the world's largest guitar competition. The grand finale encompassed artists who personify the blues beginning with a rare special performance by Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Hubert Sumlin, and closed with an explosive set by The Black Crowes. Geared towards promoting players with deep passion and commitment to the craft, "King of The Blues" is an annual celebration of a genre that is the root of today's music.

Balatonfured Guitar Fest attempts to break world's longest concert record

This year the Balatonfured International Guitar Festival (Hungary) will take a shot at becoming the Guinness World Record holder for the 'The World’s Longest Concert.' The concert will run for 8 days (192 hours) on the open-air Pier stage.

Play Live at 2007 Clapton Crossroads Fest

Continuing their long-standing tradition of providing opportunities for musicians to play live and fulfill their dreams, Ernie Ball is providing one lucky band the opportunity to play live at the 2007 Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival alongside some of today’s most respected musicians, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, John Mayer, BB King, Sheryl Crow, Derek Trucks and more.

1st Montreal Guitar Show announced

The inaugural Montreal Guitar Show will be held this July 6-8 in the Hyatt Regency Montreal. The largest guitar show in Canada, presented as part of the MMMIS and the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, it’s seventh heaven for sixstring enthusiasts, not only hosting 70 exhibitors, but offering up their gorgeous wares for sale.

Own Six-String Masterpieces from Corgan, Manson, Hager

Six-String Masterpiece, a charitable art exhibit that pays tribute to one of heavy-metal's most influential guitarists Darrell Abbott, and supports music education in public schools, is now live and open for bidding on eBay's live auction site.

The Lasting Legacy of the Doors opens May 25

L.A.'s most incendiary contribution to our national art form, rock and roll, may well have been the Doors. Recording a handful of albums in their brief existence from 1967 - 1971, the Doors and especially their enigmatic frontman, Jim Morrison, continue to capture the imagination of today's record buying public.

Girls Rule at Power Chord Academy Summer 2007

Power Chord Academy, the nation's leading summer camp for amateur musician training has teamed up with foremost girl-guitar manufacturer Daisy Rock Guitars in a 'Girls Rule' guitar-giveaway promotion to encourage teen girls to rock their hearts out at a 2007 PCA summer session!

Smoke on the Water record breaking attempt

In 1994, in Vancouver, Canada, 1,322 guitarists gathered to play the world-famous Smoke on the Water riff all at the same time for a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. On Sunday June 3rd, 2007, Kansas City radio station, 99.7 KY plans to attempt to beat this record.

Classical guitar events in Southern California

A GuitarSite reader recently sent us a link to his website that contains a big list of classical guitar events in Southern Cali. It's a good resource for those of you in the area.

Hunt is on for Queensland's best songwriters

Over the past four decades, Queensland has produced some of the finest songwriters in not just the country, but the world – from The Bee Gees to Bernard Fanning, Queensland’s music stands tall on the world stage.

Holy Grail Guitar Exhibition: The world's most famous guitars in one room

The 30th Annual Dallas International Guitar Festival, the world's largest and longest-running festival of its kind will be held April 20, 21 and 22, 2007, at Dallas Market Hall (2200 Stemmons Freeway).

PRS guitarists at Dallas International Guitar Fest

Performances by a dynamic line-up of Paul Reed Smith Guitars’ artists and an extraordinary Holy Grail Guitar Exhibition sponsored by PRS Guitars top the must-see list for the 30th Annual Dallas International Guitar Festival April 20th through April 22nd in Dallas, TX.

Clapton announces '07 Crossroads Guitar Fest, Chicago July 28

Credited throughout his career with creating super sounds in super groups, the ultimate Clapton collaboration will take place July 28, 2007 when he gathers the past, present and future of guitar music onto one stage for an incredible full day musical event. Announced today, the second Crossroads Guitar Festival, scheduled for July 28, 2007 at Toyota Park in Chicago, will be a cornerstone of this year's summer music festival season. Profits from the Festival will benefit The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility founded by Clapton for chemically dependent persons.

John Petrucci guitar seminar, Florida March 29

Dream Theater guitarist and signature Music Man artist John Petrucci will be conducting a free seminar at Music Arts Enterprises, located at 3301 Davie Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Thursday, March 29 at 1:00pm.

Hey Chicks: Neil Young song cover contest

American Laundromat Records and Daisy Rock Guitars are co-sponsoring a contest inviting female artists and female-fronted bands to submit a cover version of Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" to win a Daisy Rock guitar, consideration for an official Daisy Rock endorsement, and a guaranteed slot on the upcoming American Laundromat Records benefit CD "Cinnamon Girl - Women Artists Cover Neil Young."

Dubai Jazz Fest Draws 25,000+ Music Fans

While Dubai's International Jazz Festival 2006 was proclaimed the best yet, this year's performances are almost certain to repeat if not better this record.

First annual New York Amp Show

The First Annual New York Amp Show to be held May 5, will adhere to the same format as the two highly successful Los Angeles shows. Manufacturers will demonstrate within their own private rooms with the ability to regulate and control volume at their discretion. Musicians are encouraged to plug in and play through the largest gathering of tone machines ever assembled on the East Coast.

Jimmy Page Signature Double necks up for auction

If you want to get your hands on the first Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Double Neck Guitars, nows the time.

Woodstock '99 on Disc

The Red Hot Chili Peppers' version of Jimi Hendrix's "Fire," which closed out the riotous Woodstock '99 festival, also will close the first disc of the upcoming Woodstock 99 double-CD set. The 32-song album, due Oct. 19, also will include tracks from Bush, Everclear, Dave Matthews Band, Chemical Brothers.

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