Acoustic Kids Showcase
with Andy May
- Acoustic Kids Ambassadors: 11:30-11:45 a.m. – Main Stage
- Showcase: 6-8 p.m. – West Lake Stage
Acoustic Kids Showcase
Andy May’s Acoustic Kids Showcases provide musicians aged 16 and younger the opportunity to perform on Guitar Town’s official stages. Young musicians of any skill level, beginner through pro, are welcome participate in this supportive and non-competitive program. This is the fifth year for Acoustic Kids at Guitar Town, and like the festival, it’s completely FREE to take part!
Andy has a remarkable ability to make kids feel welcomed and valued as a person and [a] musical contributor…. I’m so glad Acoustic Kids has stayed involved in the community, because not only does it give all these kids good memories, but as the kids grow up they’ll remember that their contribution is important.” – Sara Watkins, multi-year Acoustic Kids participant with Nickel Creek at the Walnut Valley Festival
To perform in Acoustic Kids, featured musicians must be 16 or younger, but accompanists may be any age. Mixed-age groups are eligible – including family bands, and, yes: Electric instruments are allowed! Registration opens March 1. If there is still room, late registration starts July 15 and closes August 2 or when the showcases are full, whichever comes first.
Acoustic Kids Ambassadors
Acoustic Kids Ambassadors, a spin-off of the regular showcases, is geared towards young musicians who are planning to make a career of playing music. The Acoustic Kids Ambassadors will be back this year to kick off the Guitar Town main stage on Saturday at 11:40 a.m. giving the main stage audience a chance to see some up-and-coming young guitar players from the region in addition to the legendary players the festival brings in every year. These young professionals will leave no room for doubt that, “The music is in good hands!™”
[Acoustic Kids] Showcases have inspired in me the confidence that comes from playing in front of thousands of people and having a successful experience. I can’t overstate how grateful …I am! Andy and Lauren run an extremely tight ship without taking any of the fun out of it.” – Liam Purcell, multi-year Acoustic Kids participant and Ambassador with Cane Mill Road at MerleFest
- Demos of up to three pieces are a required part of the registration. (See Demo Nitty-Gritty.)
- Acoustic Kids Ambassadors are chosen from among the Acoustic Kids Showcase participants.
- Full instructions and FAQ
Workshop: The Performance Workshop at Guitar Town
Friday, August 9, 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. Includes one-on-one mentoring by Guitar Town artists! For all ages. Details
Summer family activities at Copper Mountain
Spend your summer days with Copper. Race around Summit County’s only go kart track, jump for joy on our bungee jump or get wet on our bumper boats. Invoke your inner Happy Gilmore on our mini golf course. We’ve got fun covered!