Following a one-year hiatus, the Brookdale Guitar Show returned in force to the Lincroft campus on April 30 with a full lineup of live music, expert workshops, rare instruments and exclusive deals for local music lovers.
Despite missing out on last year’s show, which was preempted by a campus-wide renovation project, attendees said they were happy to see the long-running cultural event return to center stage.
“I always enjoy the Guitar Show,” said guitarist Noah Carmichael, who made the long trip from North Hanover to inquire about selling a piece from his collection. “I’ve gotten some good deals in the past, and it’s just something cool to do. The new location took some getting used to, but I enjoyed it.”
For 2017, the Guitar Show moved from its old home in the Warner Student Life Center to the Brookdale Recreation and Events Center (BREC), offering visitors a more wide open, centrally located main floor featuring more than 30 area music equipment vendors, parts suppliers, repair specialists, merchandise booths and other service providers.
Outside, attendees were invited to a free series of workshops hosted by area experts including radio host James Dalton and specialists from Raritan Bay Guitar Repair, who spoke about everything from personal guitar setup to the creative process.
In between workshops, fans were treated to live music by the Foes of Fern, Skyeline, and nationally acclaimed guitarist Chris Buono, who appeared with RedRightReturn.
One lucky attendee also walked home with the Guitar Show’s top raffle prize: a guitar signed by Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, Tico Torres and Richie Sambora of legendary New Jersey rock band Bon Jovi. The prize was courtesy AP International.
All proceeds from the show benefit Brookdale Public Radio, 90.5 the Night, Monmouth County’s only public radio station.
“This year’s Guitar Show went very well,” said Brookdale Public Radio station manager Tom Brennan. “I feel the new venue fits the needs of the all the vendors and attendees perfectly. It went so well, in fact, that I had people come up during the show and ask me if they can conduct clinics next year. It was great to see so many attendees return to the show this year; it just goes to show how dedicated these folks are to their craft.”
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Check out more photos of the 2017 Guitar Show here.