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25 September 2020

Bandlab Announce Virtual Guitar Festival With All Star Lineup

St Vincent at The Palace St. Paul MN 11/18/17
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Today announced the full lineup for its online festival, Live, a free, three day event that runs from 2-4 October. Live will feature an array of artists, as well as gear brands and industry thought leaders via three virtual spaces, all housed on the Live Hub. These include The Main Stage, which will feature artist performances, masterclasses and video podcasts; The Lounge, which will host industry discussions, gear reviews and interviews, and The Showcase, which will be the venue for leading guitar brands to launch products and host Q&As in a bespoke virtual showroom.

The event, which was unveiled in August, today revealed their full lineup. Famous guitarists appearing at the event include Joe Bonamassa, St Vincent, Carlos Santana, Jason Isbell and John Petrucci, as well as many other big names, while launching partners for the event include Taylor Guitars, PRS Guitars, Ernie Ball, Music Man and MONO.

There will be a mix of performances, from acts including The Free Nationals (Anderson .Paak’s backing band); Isaiah Sharkey, the Grammy award-winner and John Mayer sideman, who will perform an intimate home gig, and the blues-rocker, Tyler Bryant, who will be doing a private performance from his Nashville home-studio.

Alongside performances, fans can also hear from musicians about the guitars they love. Joe Bonamassa will present ‘Guitar Safaris’, inviting audiences into his Los Angeles home to see and hear some of the highlights of his incredible collection of guitars. And Ernie Ball Music Man will present The Art Of The Signature Model, where musicians such as­ John Petrucci, St Vincent, James Valentine, Steve Morse and Jason Richardson will discuss the collaboration process behind creating an artist’s signature guitar.

Guitar fans will also relish in the masterclasses available, including learning everything you need to know about Jazzmasters, or experiencing a guitar building class with Paul Reed Smith, the founder of the legendary Maryland-based PRS Guitars.

In a time where Covid-19 has pressed pause on travel, and companies have had to cancel their events, artists their tours, and brands their showrooms, the Live festival should give fans around the world the opportunity to learn about the products they love and see the musicians they admire in a whole new virtual setting.

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