Fort Wayne, IN, May 27, 2010
Sweetwater, the third-largest music instrument and pro audio retailer
in the world, will present GearFest ‘10, a celebration of musicians,
and the instruments and equipment they use to make music, plus an
indoor/outdoor festival featuring music, food, fun, and prizes for the
entire family. This
year’s expo is bigger than ever, with two days full of dozens of
workshops and seminars, scores of manufacturer exhibits, and special
trade show, part entertainment event, part flea market, and part
musicians’ toyland, GearFest offers something for everyone.
GearFest will take place Friday, June 25th from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, June 26th
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. To speed up the registration
process at the festival, you can pre-register online; visit:
For more information, call (260) 432-8176.
event as big as GearFest demands an equally big giveaway of free gear!
Sweetwater has stuffed a VW bus full of $75,000 in gear that will be
awarded to three lucky 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.
year, over 5,000 people took in GearFest’s workshops, exhibits, and
performances, and this year’s two-day event will provide even more
opportunities for music lovers to participate in the festivities. A
full slate of seminars is scheduled to help musicians improve their
performing and recording skills. This year’s feature events include the
Producers Forum, an all-star panel of producers in a wide-ranging
discussion of recording topics, the story behind Gretsch Guitars with
Fred Gretsch, and a special presentation on “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.”
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
amazing Guitar Gallery tent will feature hundreds of guitars and basses
The entire GearFest ’10 schedule of events is available online at:
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
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.
attractions will include hourly giveaway drawings for thousands of
dollars of equipment and instruments, plus tours of Sweetwater’s
world-class recording studios and headquarters. In addition, Sweetwater
will be offering once-in-a-lifetime sale pricing on many products.
Founder and President Chuck Surack remarked, “GearFest is a very big
deal for Sweetwater, and for Fort Wayne. There’s literally nothing
like it. It is a trade show, but also free and open to the public.
There’s certainly nothing this big, with so many great attractions,
anywhere else in the country.”
Travel and hotel information for Fort Wayne, Indiana, is available at: