a Series of Live International Acoustic Music Concerts
& Annual Guitar Exhibition
Classical & Contemporary
Fingerstyle & Jazz
Gypsy & Flamenco
Americana & Blues
Slack Key & more
at the SOhO Listening Room in Beautiful Downtown Santa Barbara
"It’s one the most beautiful experiences I know. Someone has spent a lifetime learning how to get the most beautiful sound possible out of an instrument that someone else has spent a lifetime learning how to build those sounds into…and we come together to play what a similar human has done with writing music. And finally, the whole thing merges when fellow music lovers come to hear and see it all. Many good things happen in this life, but none better than this." (Michael Chapdelaine)
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Schedule to be released Spring '20
"The Celebration was one of the all around most meaningful and entertaining experiences I have ever had and I thank you from the bottom of my heart..." (SBAIC'16 attendee)
"The guitar is a whole lot more than a guitar...
there's a whole attitude towards life wrapped up in it" (Charles Fox)
Acoustic Music & the Guitar
Music is unparalleled in its impact across civilization; it is infinite and evolving across time, place, religion and culture. It is the door to our souls, the balm for our spirit, an inspiration to feel deeply, our common language, and the heart of community.
The humble guitar is known for its enormous musical versatility across all cultures and genres. It has been the voice of people to tell their stories, attainable to anyone regardless of wealth or social status.
"Acoustic music is the timeless sound of natural breathing and resonating materials - wood, bone, gourd, gut and skin - which predates the spoken language and modern culture, crossing all borders and barriers, speaking to great universal themes of very personal, yet familiar stories and relating a narrative using a natural resonating sound.
Those stories keep legacies alive, allow them to be shared, and create new ones going forward." (Derek Johnson)
"The guitar can truly change the world...we've seen that in ministry and education;
it has affected international borders. It's a very dangerous tool." (Richard Hoover, with a smile)
Background image: Benedetto Guitars