Local guitarists will come together Sunday in hopes of making great music for local residents – as well as stir interest in the art of their instrument.
GuitarFest, an annual concert presented by the Dayton Classical Guitar Society and sponsored by the Centerville Arts Commission, brings out a dozen local guitarists who perform sets of their varied styles of music, from Jazz to classical. Much of it is original.
“It’s all people who make either some or all of their living by playing the guitar, they’re performers and there’s a lot variety in the program,” said Jim McCutcheon, adjunct professor of classical guitar at Wright State University, an organizer for the event.
This year’s event will take place Sept. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Stubbs Park Amphitheatre, 255 West Spring Valley Rd. in Centerville.
“If anybody’s interested in guitar, they’re going to see a wide variety of music played very well,” McCutcheon said. “The performers are very informal, we’re all there enjoying each other, and people can come up and talk to us.”
McCutcheon said the event serves to drum up interest in local musicians as well as guitar playing in general. He noted many of the local musicians are selling some of their music and many also perform guitar lessons.
“There will be a lot of students there, because the majority of these teachers are very active with teaching guitar,” McCutcheon said.
Among the local artists and acts will be McCutcheon, Eric Loy, Jim Caudill, Peggy Welty, Tom Downs & Tim Berens, Keith Lykins, Dustin Keith, Danny Voris, Tim Berens, Paul Frazier, Mike Overly and Greg Jones.
“It gives each of us a chance to play some of our best pieces for the public and for each other,” McCutcheon said. “It’s a chance for the musicians to get together and spend time together. So often musicians are so busy trying to make a living that the don’t get the chance to get together and appreciate what each other is doing.”
Admission is free, and organizers suggest bringing a lawn chair or blanket.