Sweetwater Presents GearFest ‘10

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

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 surprises! Part trade show, part entertainment event, part flea market, and part musicians’ toyland, GearFest offers something for everyone.

0510 Gear Fest Concert

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: http://www.sweetwater.com/feature/gearfest2010/. For more information, call (260) 432-8176.

An 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.

Last 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.”

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 amazing Guitar Gallery tent will feature hundreds of guitars and basses on display.

The entire GearFest ’10 schedule of events is available online at: http://www.sweetwater.com/feature/gearfest2010/

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 world-class recording studios and headquarters. In addition, Sweetwater will be offering once-in-a-lifetime sale pricing on many products.

Sweetwater 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: http://www.sweetwater.com/feature/gearfest2010/register.php