Guitar Jam Daily
Home Events GJD at The Shows: The Dallas International Guitar Festival
February 23, 2019
GJD at The Shows: The Dallas International Guitar Festival PDF Print E-mail
Guitars
Wednesday, 30 April 2008 16:12
expman-17.jpgBy Nick Friese - GJD
This year marked the 31st annual Dallas International Guitar Festival. The three-day event on April18, 19, and 20 at Dallas Market Hall was filled with guitar enthusiasts, artists, dealers, and MI companies. The exhibitors included Taylor, Fender, Gretsch, Paul Reed Smith, Peavey, Gibson, D'Addario, as well as 800 other guitar manufacturers, and independent dealers displaying new guitars, vintage, custom, and collector's editions. The show is a very manageable event, easy to get around, while offering so much for the guitar player's musical senses.

The crowds were big and attendance figures were cited as 20,000+ over the three-day event. However, the spacious layout of Market Hall and outdoor stages kept the crowd flow very easy to get through at almost all times. You could get close to all the stages, into all the booths and exhibits with out waiting and crowding.

There were four stages that offered constant guitar entertainment. On the Fender stage the electrified acts included guitar God Yngwie Malmsteen, David Grissom, Johnny A, Andy Timmons, Jim Suhler, Rhett Butler, and other local guitar stars pumped out killer riffs under the hot Texas skies. Peavey also had an outdoor stage burning with guitar goodness with players Johnny Hiland, George Lynch, Van Wilks, Rick Derringer, and many more that had the attendee's jaws dropping. The other two stages offered acoustic sets and clinics for attendees in a more intimate setting for up close and personal performances and how-to sessions. It was a very nice touch. There was always something interesting to see or hear over the three days.

On Saturday night the guitar stars hit the stages again for the All Star Jam with Paul Reed Smith, David Grissom, Johnny A, Jimmy Wallace, Johnny Hiland, Will Ray, George Lynch, Andy Timmons, Rick Derringer, Lance Lopez, Van Wilks, Rhet Butler, Bugs Henderson, and a bunch of other great players. The event started at 8:30pm and was still going well after midnight with smoking jams.

For us the show was a great opportunity to catch up with our friends at Fender, Taylor, PRS, Peavey, and others. We also were able to spend some quality time with guitar greats such as Alan Haynes, Yngwie Malmsteen, David Grissom, Johnny Hiland and his killer band, as well as meet other up-and-comers.

The show was incredibly well run, filled with great people, killer performances, rows and rows of guitars and more guitars, and offered fun from opening to close. We salute the organizers of this event for putting on a show that has us already looking forward to coming back next year.

Enjoy the sights from the Dallas International Guitar Festival shot by Guitar Jam Daily photographer Kate Mackley

yngwei-malmsteen--dgs-146.jpg

yngwei-malmsteen--dgs-063.jpg

yngwei-malmsteen--dgs-036.jpg

expman-8.jpg

expman-9.jpg

expman-10.jpg

expman-11.jpg

expman-12.jpg

expman-14.jpg

expman-16.jpg

expman-17.jpg

expman-18.jpg

expman-19.jpg

expman-20.jpg

expman-23.jpg

expman-27.jpg

expman-44.jpg

expman-51.jpg

expman-53.jpg


 
ADVERTISEMENT

Daily Video Lesson

Daily Video Lesson
  • 02:41 - 01.10.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    A five week long, cross-country tour featuring some of the best known and most respected figures in rock and blues has been set to celebrate the legacy and music of Jimi Hendrix. Presented by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., the Hendrix family-owned company founded by James A. “Al” Hendrix, Jimi’s father, entrusted with preserving and protecting the legacy of Jimi Hendrix together with musical instrument giant Gibson Guitar, this year’s Experience Hendrix Tour represents a dramatic expansion beyond last year’s seven sold out performances.

    Featured artists who will be performing music written by and associated with Jimi Hendrix include blues giant Buddy Guy, contemporary guitar greats Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Eric Johnson, Cesar Rojas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos as well as Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford.
    Read more...
  • 01:53 - 26.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) and Italian distributor M.Casale Bauer proudly announce the grand opening of the Fender Custom Shop Showcase Italy. It is the third such international exclusive Fender guitar destination, joining the elite Fender Custom Shop Lounge (Düsseldorf, Germany) and Fender Showcase Tokyo (Japan).

    The Fender Custom Shop Showcase Italy is in Bologna, Italy, and is housed in a building by California-born Italian designer Gretchen Alexander. The showroom is located near the offices of M. Casale Bauer, Fender’s Italian distributor since 1962, and was created to provide Fender dealers, their special guests and artists with a comfortable place to find, try and buy some of the most beautiful guitars in today’s market. The showcase features an impressive array of high-end guitars crafted by the master builders of the Fender Custom Shop and provides artists and dealers (and their VIP clients) with access to some of the most unique high-end Fender instruments ever made available in one place. The showroom houses an unparalleled selection of Fender Custom Shop instruments, as well as Bauer’s personal collection, one of the largest and most valuable in the world.
    Read more...
  • 03:41 - 23.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    Los Angeles, CA – World-renowned Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel will  release Center Stage, a live concert DVD on October 14th via Favored Nations Acoustic.  
     
    The full-length concert DVD follows the recent release of the Center Stage  double CD, both having been recorded live for the PBS television series “Sierra Center Stage.” Filmed in eye-catching high definition, every element of modern technology was used in production, creating a stunning package, both aurally
    and visually. 
    Read more...
  • 00:09 - 19.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    Montreal, Canada- September 16th, 2008: Renowned guitarist Daryl Stuermer will be giving Godin Performance Clinics in and around Quebec and Eastern Ontario from September 29th to October 3rd 2008.

    Having performed in studio and toured the world with both Phil Collins and supergroup Genesis for years, Daryl is a player who is on top of his game and has the chops to prove it. Performing as the Daryl Stuermer Duo, he will be accompanied by keyboardist Konstantin Efimov during the clinics and will also be giving attendees his perspective on playing live, recording, technique, and his gear, by fielding a Q&A session after each performance.
    Read more...
  • 09:29 - 03.06.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (June 2, 2008) -- Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced today that it has acquired certain assets of Groove Tubes LLC. Among other assets, FMIC purchased the Groove Tubes brand. Groove Tubes company founder Aspen Pittman will continue in a consulting role.
    Read more...