Dallas, TX – The International Guitar Festival wrapped up Sunday, May 1st, after three days of selling, swapping, and great music. The largest and oldest festival of its kind, the International Guitar Festival started in Texas 37 years ago by Charley Wirz. In the early days, it was more of a vintage guitar show but over time evolved into all things guitar.
With thousands of guitars on display throughout Dallas Market Hall, one can only imagine the sheer dollar value sitting under one roof at this guitar show. Price tags ranged from $100 to $100,000, offering something for every budget – from couch guitarist to stadium celebrity. Strolling through the aisle of guitars is like walking through a museum of visual art with guitar riffs wailing in the air. New, vintage, acoustical, bass, amps, and accessories – it’s all laid out in guitar heaven.
In addition to the awesome number and variety of guitars and accessories, the festival also hosts numerous live acts throughout the weekend. This year’s festival hosted celebrity guitarist Brad Whitford from Aerosmith and Derek St. Holmes from the Ted Nugent Band, who are touring together as Whitford/St. Holmes. Some favorite local guitar artists included Lance Lopez, Texas Flood with Tommy Katona, Jimmy Wallace and the Stratoblaster, and Salvation From Sundown. Salvation From Sundown is a new generation of talent with an old school attitude. Salvation From Sundown’s members are all under 13 years old and captured everyone’s attention with their superb talent and performance.
While I’m not a guitar player and have only played a few notes back in the day, I can say that buying a guitar was tempting at the festival. Somehow the guitar says “buy me, play me, I’m yours!” The guitar festival is not just for current musicians, but wannabe guitarists as well – there were plenty of well-trained and enthusiastic sales people ready to find the perfect guitar.
Take a look at some of our other photos below from The Dallas International Guitar Festival and some shots of Salvation From Sundown at the media kick off event the week before.