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If It’s Too Loud, You’re Too Old! Annual Guitar Show Rocks SLC

April 19, 2013 by admin

By Joe Malanaphy

   The 16th Annual Brookdale Guitar Show was held on Sunday, April 14, in the Student Life Center at Brookdale Community College.  
   The event, which is an annual fundraiser for member-supported Brookdale Public Radio, offered live entertainment, clinics, discussion panels, and countless vendors spread throughout the upper level of the SLC, selling everything from guitars, to music, and even jewelry.
   “The show is in its 16th year, and we originally started in the old college arena. It was bare bones, just tables, chairs, and vendors,” said Kristin Florio, manager of the Brookdale Network.
   Vendors at the show were not only selling traditional style guitars, as John Bernyk of Lazy B’s Cigar Box Guitars would prove. 
   “I’ve made about threehundred and fifty,” said Bernyk, of his guitars made from cigar boxes. “They were making these since the depression. A lot of blues guys couldn’t afford traditional guitars, so they would make a guitar out of a cigar box and a stick or whatever was laying around. A lot of the blues guys got started that way,” said Bernyk.
   Gary Wright, a local musician, who was attending the show and bouncing around from vendor to vendor playing different guitars said “I live locally and comeback every year.”
   “I have my own band, and just got done producing a record for a friend,” said Wright. “I’m also working on my own blues material,” added Wright.
   Megan O’Shea, President of Brookdale Student Radio was on hand at the 90.5 booth, which had a prize wheel for show-goers that gave them the chance to win 90.5-related items and concert tickets. “It’s going pretty well, everyone is pretty into it,” said O’Shea.
   O’Shea added, “It’s fun, people are excited about it.”
   The day continued with live bands playing in the outdoor tent. 
   Some of the acts on hand were The Cigar Box Stompers, Xenia Sky, Joe Whyte, Thomas Wesley Stern, and Vextion
   The crowd turnout was huge at this year’s show, and it appears to be an event that will carry on for many years to come.
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