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Mass Appeal Guitars: Hot Guitars and Hot Players at a Very Cool Event

Mass Appeal Guitars: Hot Guitars and Hot Players at a Very Cool Event

It was scorching all around. Hundreds of guitarists gathered in Union Square in New York City last week for Mass Appeal Guitars.

This event, part of MakeMusic NY day, was a mass play-along that many braved despite the brutally blistering weather. And it was probably one of the most fun guitar-related events I’ve ever been a part of. Such guitar camaraderie!

The afternoon kicked off with a set by local band, The Spanish Channel. Then Guitar World's fearless editor-in-chief, Brad Tolinski, introduced the event with a rousing few words, and we were off.

Six play-alongs were each let by guitarists from a variety of different organizations. Highlights included yours truly leading “What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blondes (OK, that was a highlight for me, anyway!), our own Jimmy Brown leading “Hey Joe” with some kicking lead work, and the WOW lead vocals of Clara Lofaro for “Rolling in the Deep.”

But truly the cherry on the top of the steamy sundae was Alex Skolnick’s premier of his new project, Planetary Coalition. Not only was the music fabulous, the instrumentation was extraordinary with Skolnick on guitar, the amazing Moto Fukushima on bass, Rachel Golub on violin, Max ZT on hammer dulcimer and Luke Notary on percussion. Check ‘em out at planetarycoalition.com.

The final play-along of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" led by Skolnick and his band was a once-in-a-lifetime moment. Totally cool and totally hot!

The event was sponsored by the NYC Guitar School, Lagunitas Brewery, Guitar World, Agile Partners (AmpKit, GuitarToolkit), Marshall Headphones and Guitar Center.

Check out some videos below!

Laura B. Whitmore leads "What’s Up?":


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