Park Place Guitar Festival


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Saturday 10am-7pm   FREE Admission
Park Place Mall   5870 E. Broadway Blvd.

From those who were born with a guitar in hand to kids whose greatest exposure has come from Guitar Hero, multiple activities throughout the show engage attendees of all skill levels. The Park Place Guitar Festival, free for attendees, includes more than 30 performances, Air Guitar Competition, giveaways, guitar show and swap, kids’ activities, guitar orchestra and mariachi performances by local school groups, GuitART, vendors and exhibitors.

Music and guitar-themed exhibitors will set up displays throughout the mall. If you are interested in participating as an exhibitor, please download the Exhibitor Application HERE

Please contact Special Events Director Jonas Hunter at  with any questions or call (520) 797-3959


10:00 - 10:45
Remi Goode, Classical Guitar
14 year old Remi has been playing guitar for seven years focusing primarily on classical guitar. She also accompanies herself on guitar singing popular and folk music, singing with the Tucson Girls Chorus for seven years. Currently, she is preparing for the Guitar Foundation of America youth competition that will be held this year in Los Angeles.

11:00 - 11:45
Grace Sheppard, Classical Guitar
Grace is the 2013 winner of the Youth Division, Guitar Foundation of America Competition.  She is 15, a student at Catalina Foothills.

12:00 - 12:45
Jonathan W. Martinez, Acoustic Guitar
Twice opened for Trace Bundy, Jonathan will feature an array of guitar techniques such as tapping, percussion, looping, multiple capos, accompanied with witty banter and storytelling; simply put as Raw Acoustic Goodness-

1:00 - 1:45
Kathy Acosta Zavala, Classical Guitar
Kathy Acosta Zavala is a classical guitarist born in Lima, Peru. After being accepted into the University of Arizona’s Bolton Guitar Program, one of the most renowned guitar studios in the world, she received the Mulcahy Foundation Scholarship and the International Tuition Award.  In May of 2014, Kathy earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arizona, and she will begin her Master’s Degree this fall.

2:00 - 2:45
Mariachi Aztlán de Pueblo Magnet High School               
Mariachi Aztlan is a mariachi youth group from Pueblo Magnet High School founded in 1992 and under the direcrtion of John Contreras.  As Tucson’s most popular youth mariachi, they have gained a reputation for excellence, sharing the stage with many of the world’s finest Mariachi ensembles as well as Symphony Orchestras.

3:00 - 3:45
Tucson Ukulele Meetup, Ukulele Club
The Tucson Ukulele Meetup is a local music club that will sing a fun variety of popular and well known songs accompanied by several types of ukuleles, including the banjolele, the baritone ukulele and the U-Bass.  Warm up your vocal chords and join us in belting out some really fun songs.

4:00 - 4:45
Christopher Krantz, Looping
Using a loop pedal as a songwriting/learning tool and live loop application. Emphasis on Timing and using loops in real time in the style of Acoustic rock and blues.

5:00 - 5:45
Jamie O'Brien, Celtic & Hawaiian
Singer Jamie O’Brien fuses two distinct guitar styles: the driving, dance rhythms of Ireland and the melodic, image-laden sounds of Hawaii.  While he revels in his London-Irish upbringing, he also celebrates the traditions he has adopted from the Islands.

6:00 - 6:45
Fernando Romero, Blues            

10:00 - 10:45
Pete Biedermann, Acoustic Finger style
Peter Biedermann is an acoustic finger style guitarist performing entirely original instrumental music on a variety of 6 and 12 string guitars in unique tunings. He has been performing for more than 35 years in a variety of settings and attempts to bridge a wide assortment of genres influenced by European and American artists.

11:00 - 11:45
Charles Lolmaugh, Country
Blues Rock, and some country guitar techniques.  It will also be the debut of his new song "Drop D Metal 7".

12:00 - 12:45
Greg Morton Band, Bluegrass
Greg won the Midsouth Championship in guitar and mandolin in Tennessee and has been racking up the bluegrass “picking” awards since then.  Greg has toured with several musicians including Mark O'Connor and the White family, Don Ho's band in Honolulu, Hawaii and as a member of the USO.   In 1995, Greg Morton won the Arizona State Guitar Championship.  In 2001, 2002, and 2004, Greg won the extremely prestigious TAMMIES Award (Tucson Area Music Awards) for Best Acoustic Guitarist.  Greg  teaches workshops for the aspiring musicians in the region.

1:00 - 1:45
Dan Griffin, Jazz Guitar
Dan Griffin will be performing solo jazz pieces in the style of great guitarists such as Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery. This style of playing is sometimes called "Lap Piano" as it incorporates Bass/Chords/and Melody simultaneously."

2:00 - 2:45
Paul Almquist, Rock
Paul Almquist, guitarist for the instrumental rock trio Hands & Feet, will be playing selections from their recent self-titled project. His sound, which is influenced by the musical styling’s of Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Eddie Van Halen, is both inspiring and energetic.

3:00 - 3:45
David Rose, Acoustic Guitar
David Rose uses his classical guitar technique as a launching point into the world of the modern steel string guitar.  Listeners will be dazzled by his rhythmic and percussive style of playing.

4:00 - 4:45
Bryan Dean and Koko, Blues/Jazz
The Bryan Dean Trio will consist of Bryan Dean on Guitar, Mike Poletta on guitar and Koko on bass.  They will dive into blues and jazz tunes while discussing their early influences and trio technique.

5:00 - 5:45
Sosi Mehren, Singer / Songwriter           

6:00 - 6:45
Matt Mitchell, Jazz        
Matt has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Classical Guitar Performance in 1995 from The University of Arizona and has received a slew of other awards from the Tucson Jazz Society, TAMMIES, and the 2002 Arizona Arts Award.  Matt will feature both classical and jazz techniques in his workshop.

10am - 10:45am
Michael Nordberg     Rockabilly / Surf Guitar       
Exploring the early 50’s to late 60’s sounds of Surf Guitar which also lends to the Rockabilly sound of that generation.

11am - 11:45am
Steve Harris   
Modern Electric Bass.  How to make your Bass stand out using effects, chordal work and different tunings.  Get in front of the band....!

12pm - 12:45pm
Jeff Engelbert and Clark Engelbert  
Father and son perform together for the first time in a long time.  Father Jeff, and accomplished blues guitarist from Cross Cut Saw will trade licks with son Clark, who fronts many blues / rock bands himself.  This will be a treat.

1pm - 1:45pm
Billy Cioffi     Classic Rock 
Billy Cioffi is a guitarist songwriter performing with his acoustic trio and in clinic discussing guitar technique open tunings and songwriting.
Cioffi has performed with over 25 members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was a sideman, studio musician in LA for over 30 years and a contributing editor/journalist for Guitar   World Cream and Music Connection among others in a past life and is currently Musical Director for the Award winning Songwriters Showcase from Tempe Center for the Arts as well as a performer, producer (as Electric Lotus Music educator in his current incarnation.

2pm – 4pm         AIR GUITAR COMPETITION                         

4pm- 4:45pm
John Bujak     Rock
John is one of the most famous rock guitarists in Tucson having fronted many bands in that genre.  John is a highly sought after instructor at Guitar center and will showcase his classic rock / glam metal skills on the main stage.

5pm - 5:45pm
Gabriel Ayala    Flamenco  / Jazz
A well-travelled professional, award winning guitarist with many albums under his belt.  A member of the Pasqua Yaqui tribe, Gabrielle has grabbed top-honors as the premiere Native American Guitarist showcasing flamenco, jazz and rock styles.

6pm – 7pm
Flamenco & Rock

A local product who has and is currently touring the world to promote his projects.  Brian has performed with Calexico & Sergio Mendoza.

It's not enough to say of Tucson's Brian Lopez that he is a young man of drive, discipline and vision, laudable as those qualities are, and how essential they are to success in almost every endeavor. Couple his estimable attributes with an artists sensibility and you really have something special, something to count on for the long haul. Brian Lopez is an artist, and with his album Ultra he has begun the real work of going inside himself to find out what he has to say to the world. And lo, it is good. Brian grew up in a typical American home. Parents married young, had several children and Brian was raised with more of an athletic upbringing than a musical one.

Competition shaped Brian and gave him a "drive to win…to compete and excel". As a child he was an aficionado of The Beatles. Learning to play their songs on a "crappy Fender Squier" Brian quickly started a band and became "one of the cool kids" because he could play any song requested. He played in several bands not worth naming, put himself through college on a classical performance guitar scholarship and graduated with a BA in Music. And while he could play with the jazz cats and jam with the classical guitar guys, his heart always loved rock n roll. Ultra is the product of Brian Lopez's rock n roll heart. Yes, there are the Spanish language songs, and as all the best foreign language songs do, these transcend language barriers and move the spirit with the force of their feeling. But there is more, much more to behold on Ultra, and this reveals Lopez to be very much a product of his times, speaking to his times. There is also that underlying element of desert; listening to Ultra there is almost a palpable heat and wind. Leda Atomica, I Pray for Rain, and the stirring Red Blooded Rose (the latter being so well crafted lyrically, so evocative musically and so impassioned in it's delivery as to make it an early contender for a career defining, trademark kind of song) are the kind of sit-up-and-take-notice songs that mark the emergence of a remarkably insightful songwriter rummaging around in his heart to speak directly and unambiguously of his youthful passions and conflicts alike. Couple these admirable songs to a voice that can transform, in the blink of an eye, from muscular and aggressive to vulnerable and aching, and Brian Lopez's unusual and manifold gifts come into focus. The temptation looms, so deliciously, to go for it and call him "the Latin Jeff Buckley" but (a) Mr. Lopez doesn't feel such a comparison is appropriate and (b) there may well be an alternative comparison more apt than the late, lamented Mr. Buckley. On Ultra (his first full-length solo effort), 

Read more at: 

In 1989, a most triumphant activity went main stream.

That year, the air guitar became a means of comradely and comedy with Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Now, in 2014, the talents hiding in the hands of people around the city will take the stage, showing off their bodacious skill set in Tucson’s second annual Air Guitar Competition on Saturday, June 14 at Park Place.

The Air Guitar Competition will make public what is usually limited to the bathroom mirror and broomstick in a competition, judged by local celebrities and allowing even the most amateur of guitarists to win prizes.

The competition consists of two rounds at the Food Court Main Stage. In round one, beginning at 2 p.m., each competitor in each age bracket (under 18 & 18+) performs to a song of their own choosing. In round two, the top competitors in each bracket will perform to a surprise compulsory song. In each round, contestants perform one minute of a song and are judged on a combination of technical merit, stage presence and “airness.”

GRAND PRIZE  $150         2nd PLACE  $75      3rd PLACE  Gift Certificate



Guitars and Growlers, Friday, June 13 at 6 p.m.
Guitars and Growlers will kick-off the event with craft beer tasting from Total Wine & More, live music from blues band, BLACK CAT BONES, and food sampling from Park Place restaurants. The event is free to attend and will take place in the breezeway between Sears and Total Wine & More, beginning at 6 p.m. 

Food sampling from Wetzel’s Pretzels, Charley’s Grilled Subs, Rubio’s and Villa Pizza

Formed in 2004, with core members Charles Pitts and Jeff Daniels. Set out to form a band that would stand the test of time and enable them to grow as songwriters and preformers. Their fist CD released in 2006 'Firecraker' is a blues/rock live recording of all Original material. The lineup of members has changed, and the Band has matured as evidenced by the new Release 'Too Far Gone' Which explores other elements like Jazz, and Soul and is a culmination of 6 years of preforming live and writing music along the way. Black Cat Bones is committed to bringing our fans Modern Blues that is on the cutting edge! Hope you enjoy!


▪ GuitART
▪ Coloring activities
▪ Macaroni Kids- make your own instruments
▪ Shimmer Pros guitar glitter tattoos
▪ Guitar origami
▪ Guitar balloon animals
▪ Park Place giveaways
▪ Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) - world music instruments petting zoo
Flyer  |  Logo  |  Press Release  |  Photos

For media requests and more information, contact Communications Director Chelsey Killebrew at

Website Builder