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REVIEW: Brookdale Guitar Show

By Gary Wien


(LINCROFT, NJ) -- Where else can you find pre-teen kids wearing Pink Floyd shirts, middle-aged men drooling over hand-made strings, and musicians shelling out two thousand dollars for the vintage guitar they've always wanted?

At the Brookdale Guitar Show, which had its 9 annual showing on Sunday, February 19th on the Brookdale Community College campus. The show once again featured vendors selling everything from vintage guitars to movie posters and rare rock and roll magazines; clinics by local musicians; and performances by upcoming stars.

The show is sponsored by 90.5 The Night, Raritan Bay Guitar Repair, and Nothing New Music. Vendors were from throughout New Jersey as well as across the country. Admission was $10 or $5 if you had a Brookdale Public Radio Member Card or a guitar to sell or trade, so the area was swarming with musicians with guitars for sale.

Amazingly, the place was packed with musicians as soon as the doors opened at 10am. Apparently, there are many more musicians in the area than working musicians as it was a bit early in the morning for some of us.

I never get tired of seeing kids who look about 10 years old wearing classic rock t-shirts by bands like Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin. There's something strange and something wonderful that these bands have endured for so long. I wonder if the kids would still think it's cool to wear the shirts if they knew not only did their parents like those bands but some of their grandparents probably did as well. That's gotta be getting into the weird department.

It's also become somewhat of a who's who of the local music scene. Some of the musicians who made their rounds through the vendor area included Andrew Holtz, Chris Batten, Michael Patrick, Brian Amsterdam, Jon Leidersdorff, Billy Brown, Joe Bonanno, Jason Mather, Stringbean, Dawne Allynne, Jon Pfeiffer, and members of the Dark Marbles and The Churchills.

Performing throughout the day was Tommy Anton & Abby Cahn, Matt O'Ree, Terraplane Blues, Jo Wymer Trio, Jerry Topinka, Charles Bissel, and Local Fuzz.

Clinics included sessions on guitar repair by Raritan Bay Guitar Repair, clinics on bluegrass music, panels featuring producers and engineers, panels with record labels, and artist tutorials with Tommy Anton, Jack Frost, Gary Wright, Jerry Topinka, Jon Francis, Harry Sullivan, Doug Clarke, Pete Wagula, Chris Plunkett, Chris Buono, and Sonny Kenn.

As always, bluegrass music was placed downstairs. I'm not sure if that's a hidden dig at the genre or not, but they're always placed downstairs. And while the rooms aren't hard to find, it stil freaks me out a bit to be looking for the Monmouth Battleground room rather than say room 202.

Vendors once again knew that the show was just about over when the man dressed up as Elvis started making his rounds through the vendor area. Every year I've been there, he seems to make an appearance just at the very end and this year was no different. As Elvis left the building, so did the guitar show until same time next year.



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Event calendar
Friday, Jan 18, 2019


MUSIC

John Forster at the Minstrel @ Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown - 7:30pm

David Massengill - Folk Concert @ Christ Congregation Church, Princeton - 8:00pm

SAL "THE VOICE" VALENTINETTI @ Mainstage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 8:00pm

The Elvis Birthday Bash @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 7:30pm


THEATRE

"Apple Season" by E.M. Lewis @ New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch - 8:00pm

Annie Jr. @ The Oakes Center, Summit - 7:30pm

Some Girl(s) @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 8:00pm







COMEDY

Big Apple Comedy Club @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 8:00pm


MISC

The Jason Bishop Show to Benefit CASA @ Pfleeger Concert Hall, Rowan University, Glassboro - 7:00pm

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