Sweetwater will present GearFest 2010, 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!
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 also 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.
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.
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 or call (260) 432-8176 for more information.