Sweetwater to host GearFest ’10 June 25th

Sweetwater Music Instruments and Pro Audio will present GearFest ‘10, a celebration of musicians, instruments, and equipment they use to make music. It will be an indoor/outdoor festival featuring music, food, fun, and prizes for the entire family.

GearFest will take place Friday, June 25 from noon to 7 p.m., and Saturday, June 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 5501 US Hwy 30 W, Fort Wayne, Indiana. GearFest is free and open to the public.

There will be giveaways at the event as well. Sweetwater has stuffed a VW bus full of $75,000 in gear that will be awarded to three GearFest attendees. The three packages — for recording studio, guitar studio, and live sound — include gear from top manufacturers such as Avid, Moog, Neumann, Shure, and dozens of others. You must attend GearFest in order to enter to win.

Seminars are scheduled to help musicians improve their performing and recording skills. This year’s feature events include the Producers Forum, a panel of producers in a wide-ranging discussion of recording topics, the story behind Gretsch Guitars with Fred Gretsch, and a special presentation on a “do it yourself” video production by Wally Kurth and Christian Taylor. Producer/engineer Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Norah Jones) will also present a workshop on “Grammy-winning Recording Tips.”

GearFest will include more than forty workshops and seminars on recording techniques and live sound, music creation with computers, recording studio acoustics, songwriting, and electronic instruments. Renowned guitar wizards Greg Koch and David Grissom, and more than a dozen other nationally known performing artists, will take the stage to perform on the latest new guitars, keyboards, and electronic drums. Plus, the Guitar Gallery tent will feature hundreds of guitars and basses on display.

Musicians will enjoy a free guitar setup and restringing service, plus a musicians’ flea market, where used equipment can be bought, sold, or traded. To pre-register to sell equipment at the flea market, call (260) 432-8176.

More than 150 manufacturers of musical instruments, music technology, and audio equipment will be on hand to give musicians a look at the latest gear. Some manufacturers will be showing off new products introduced the previous weekend at the National Association of Music Merchants Summer Tradeshow in Nashville.

Other attractions will include hourly giveaway drawings for thousands of dollars of equipment and instruments, plus tours of Sweetwater’s recording studios and headquarters. In addition, Sweetwater will be offering once-in-a-lifetime sale pricing on many products.

For more information, please visit www.sweetwater.com/feature/gearfest2010

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