Martin Guitar Gathering at Bucknell

October 14, 2017 all-day

Martin Guitar Gathering: A Celebration of the Legacy of C.F. Martin Guitars in American Roots Music
Saturday, Oct. 14
Weis Center for the Performing Arts

All events are free with the exception of Del McCoury Band’s performance with opener Bill and the Belles. All events take place in various locations throughout the Weis Center.

11 a.m.-noon
Facilitated Guitar Workshop
Blues Slide Guitar Basics with Rory Block. Participants bring guitars for this interactive instructional session. Weis Center West Lobby

11 a.m.-noon
The Doctor is In: Guitar Repair Consultations
K&S Music Center will facilitate guitar tunings, tune-ups, and restringing and consult with guitarists one-on-one about special repairs or modifications. Weis Center East Lobby

11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Martin Guitars and Merchandise on Display C.F. Martin will showcase an assortment of special custom guitars. Guitars available for purchase from K&S Music Center from noon-1 p.m. C.F. Martin merchandise will also be available for purchase. Weis Center Atrium Lobby

Noon-1:30 p.m.
Documentary Screening and Q&A: Ballad of the Dreadnought – A Musical Icon Turns 100
Discussion will feature Dick Boak, Museum, Archives, Special Projects Director, C. F. Martin & Co., Inc. and Jerry Zolten, educator, author, producer, and musician. Weis Center Auditorium

1:30-3 p.m.
Community Guitar Jam
All levels of proficiency are welcome to bring their guitars, stringed instruments and hand percussion to play along from the audience! The stage will play host to a house band comprised of local musicians and rotating special-guest song leaders, including Lenny Kaye from Patti Smith Group, Rory Block, Kris Truelson from Bill and the Belles, members of the Del McCoury Band and Jerry Zolten. Together we will play favorite songs steeped in blues, rock and Americana. Guitar chords and lyrics will be projected on a large screen and all are welcome to sing and strum along for this communal musical affair. Weis Center Atrium Lobby

3-4 p.m.
Facilitated Workshops, Running Concurrently
Groovin’ with Kris Truelsen and Jerry Zolten: A Roots Music Record Listening Session @ 78 RPM. Weis Center West Lobby

“How many ways can you play that chord?” Guitar theory workshop with Anthony Latt. Participants bring guitars for this interactive instructional session. Weis Center Upper West Lobby

6 p.m.
Rory Block Performance
Free, tickets not required. Weis Center Atrium Lobby
A traditionalist and innovator at the same time, Rory has committed her life and career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life for 21st century audiences around the world.

7:30 p.m.
Del McCoury Band Performance
Opener: Bill and the Belles. Weis Center Auditorium
The Del McCoury Band is the most awarded bluegrass band of all time. Their most recent release took home the 2013 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. McCoury has received over thirty International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, including Entertainer of the Year nine times.

Tickets: or 570.577.1000
Adults: $28
Seniors 62+ & subscribers: $22
Youth 18 & under: $18
Bucknell employees & retirees (limit 2): $18
Bucknell students (limit 2): $10
Non-Bucknell college students (limit 2): $18

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