There is a great excuse to sit in the car and run away from NYC every year at the end of October.
If you like nature in the fall at it’s best and guitars are your passion and or profession there is no better place to be than Woodstock NY.
This year, for the 7th time, “Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase” took place from October 23rd until October 25th in Bearsville Theater.
Baker Rorick and his crew did great job again bringing 68 exhibitors from as far as Japan and Turkey organizing great performances, clinics and workshops.
Besides many great performances from Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub, Paul Asbel, Happy Traum, Kinloch Nelson, Doug Wamble, Tim Farrell and many others my personal highlight of the show was meeting some of the greatest luthiers of our times and playing some of their creations.
I've had a pleasure meeting Michi San in Montreal 3 years ago. Playing his scorched top guitar made me think a lot and hard. This time wasn’t different, Piet Mondrian inspired masterpiece was extremely inspirational.
Ervin Somogyi is one of the pioneers of American luthiere and Michi San's teacher.
His creations again didn't fail to leave people in awe.
John Monteleone was here again this year. His archtop guitars are among most sought after "Jazz boxes" on the planet today.
Playing Ken Parker archtops really changed my way of thinking about acoustic guitars and guitar construction. "Crazy Scientist", Mr Ken Parker is epitome of "Thinking outside the box" guitar building approach. Talking to him this year and playing "Lucky" was my highlight of the show.
Stephen Marchione, Jason Kostal, Raymond Kraurt, Mike Baranik, Tom Ribbecke were also among my favorites this year. Many other luthiers on the show are also worth mentioning and we’ll talk about them maybe next year.
Until then, do your self a favor, play guitar, enjoy life and plan trip to Woodstock at the end of October next year!