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In 1995, the Healdsburg Guitar Festival provided a venue for guitar enthusiasts to tryout guitars in the presence of the builder, and also hosted workshops taught by professional performers, who, in turn, demonstrated the musical qualities of the show's custom guitars in a concert setting. The sense of festive community that was established by this interconnected circle continues to this day, and the party we call The Healdsburg Guitar Festival has served a major role in validating the art of modern lutherie ever since.
The festival has helped promote high standards for quality guitars as well as create a stable market for them. “If there is a heaven, it looks just like the Healdsburg Guitar Festival,” wrote guitar buyer Henry Lowenstein in the 2005 edition of Blue Book of Acoustic Guitars. And he continued, “The nation's best luthiers get together to talk, play, and show the best of what they have to offer to the public. Every year they have the grand masters as well as fresh faces at the show. This is not only a great chance to meet the luthiers themselves and learn some really serious academic guitar-building theory, but also to make use of the numerous "quiet rooms," which allow you to actually play and compare these extraordinary instruments.”
We are pleased to announce that The Healdsburg Guitar Festival
First located in a small wedding facility in Healdsburg, the Festival moved in 2003 to a larger concert hall located 5 miles south. In 2011, we upgraded again to our current location, the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa in downtown Santa Rosa’s historic Railroad Square surrounded by many restaurants, shops and clubs. The Hyatts superb facilities and location are the perfect fit for the Festival.