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Source: Dallas International Guitar Festival | 3/21/17 | Dallas
The 40th Annual Dallas International Guitar Festival (DIGF) will be held Friday, May 5, Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Dallas Market Hall. Market Hall, located at 2200 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75207, has ample free parking for show attendees. DIGF hours are 12 noon to 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, with continuous music throughout the festival.
The Dallas International Guitar Festival is the largest and oldest guitar show in the world, blending musicians, fans, collectors and celebrities together into one huge musical extravaganza. Visitors can buy, sell, trade, or just browse among the thousands upon thousands of new and vintage guitars, basses, amps, banjos, mandolins, straps and strings, effects pedals, keyboards, music memorabilia and more.
Listen to the best local and regional bands at the festival's multiple stages. Enjoy performances by more than 60 local, regional and national artists performing on the festival's four music stages. This year's lineup features the return of guitar great Ted Nugent, performing on Sunday, May 7.
Past and present headliners include George Lynch, Eric Gales, Sonny Landreth, Ian Moore, Derek St. Holmes, Rick Vito, Andy Timmons, Chris Duarte, Gary Hoey, Mark Lettieri, Jimmy Wallace and Stratoblasters, Paul Reed Smith, Buddy Whittington, Jim Suhler, Alan Haynes, Wes Jeans, Maylee Thomas, Quinten Hope, and Ally Venable.
Interview with Brad Whitford and Derek St. Holmes
The classic rock rhythm guitarists (of Aerosmith and Ted Nugent's band, respectively) discuss their passion for music and having the freedom to run their own show.
This year there will be a Texas 10 under 20 stage all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday, featuring bands under 20 years old. The 10 under 20 contest will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday morning. Catch the best in new young talent at the Texas 10 under 20 contest finals. Ten finalists under the age of twenty will be chosen from competing bands and solo artists across all genres of music to perform in the live showcase Sunday, May 7.
The festival features more than 800 booths and exhibits, where you can rub elbows with guitar legends and up-and-coming artists and get tips from the very best musicians at instructional clinics throughout the show. Also featured again this year is the Unplugged Room, especially for acoustic instruments.
A single day ticket price is $24 for adults and children 11 or older; free for children under 10. Two-day passes are $40, and three day passes are available for $50 each.
Admission to the Friday night concert, to be held off premises at the Gas Monkey Bar & Grill at 7 p.m., will be $10, or free with a two-day or three-day pass. The Saturday night All Star Jam, to be held at Market Hall starting at 8:30 p.m., is also $10, or free with a two or three-day pass. The two-day pass includes either the Friday night or Saturday night concert, and the three-day pass includes both Friday and Saturday night concerts. Student tickets are available at the door only for $15 one day ticket; $30 for two day student pass and $40 for a three day student pass.
Dallas International Guitar Festival
From capos to concerts, the show seems to have a bit of everything for those who play music as well as those who just love to hear it.
VIP passes that allow ticket holders to sit in the front few rows of all concerts are also available for single, two-day or three day admission tickets, priced at $40, $70 and $90. All tickets are available at the door. Advance tickets to the Dallas International Guitar Festival are also available online at www.guitarshow.com.
More than 20,000 people are expected to attend this year's festival at Dallas Market Hall, with over $3 million of instruments and memorabilia trading hands. The DIGF is sponsored by Live Nation, GuitarPlayer, Toyota, Guitar Center and Heritage Auctions.
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