Acoustic Nation Hosts Mass Appeal Guitars in Union Square NY
It was a glorious day in Union Square Park on June 21.
Just the right kind of weather for hundreds of guitarists to gather and jam for Mass Appeal: Guitars, an annual event that’s part of Make Music Day.
This year, Acoustic Nation co-hosted the event with the New York City Guitar School and I have to say, it was truly epic.
The event kicked off with Alex Skolnick and his world music project, Planetary Coalition. Not only did Skolnick lay down some amazingly virtuosic guitar focused and rhythmically complex masterpieces, but he also played with great feeling. There was dancing in the streets. It was fabulous.
Next up came the focus of the event, a jam of all the guitar players in the park lead by various performers and groups. Yes, I even took the reins for Paramore’s “The Only Exception,” and it was truly wild to look out and see hundreds of guitarists playing and singing along. Best audience interaction EVER!
The day closed with a performance by New York City band Wise Girl. Lead by Abby Weitz, their brand of original punky pop entertained and got the crowd moving. Before they lead the final play along song, we gave away a few coveted items from our sponsors.
Tech 21 gave away a Sans Amp pedal. The New York City Guitar school gave one lucky winner a 10-week guitar course. And the cherry on top of this wonderful event was the Martin D-28 acoustic guitar, which the lucky Liz Curtin of New York, NY took home with her!
When the final chords were shared, we all walked away smiling and sweaty with that feeling of a day well spent!
Before I close I want to give a massive shout out to all the wonderful companies that help make this event happen. Martin Guitars sponsored the stage and the guitar giveaway. Truly awesome! Tech 21 was an event sponsor and it was so great to use their gear on stage and give away a Sans Amp pedal. Guitar Center's 14th Street store donated the use of the backline gear. Hal Leonard helped us make some wonderful songbooks that had all the chords and lyrics for the songs we performed that day. And NAMM helped us spread the word. Thank you, thank you all!!
Check out our gallery below and come on out next year …on June 21!
Wise Girl rounded things out with a set of fun, punky pop songs.
The fabulous Martin D-28 that we used all afternoon and then gave away to one lucky guitarists. Thanks Martin!!
NYC Guitar School students rocked out!
"I Want to Fly Away" by Lenny Kravitz was a truly rockin' tune.
Acoustic Nation editor Laura B. Whitmore steps up to lead Paramore's "The Only Exception"
NYC artist Dorit lead a lovely rendition of Passenger's "Let Her Go"
Jaime Garamella helps to lead "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty
Dan Emery from NYC Guitar School jams along with his baby Martin.
Jay Moran from VH1 lead Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams."
The backstage view along 14th Street in Manhattan.
Many, many thanks to our sponsors Martin Guitars and Tech 21 and for the support from Guitar Center, Hal Leonard and NAMM!
Folks from the NYC guitar school kicked off the jam with Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive."
I don't think Union Square Park could have held any more guitarists!
Acoustic Nation produced songbooks with the help of Hal Leonard that were distributed free of charge to all attendees!
Guitarists of all ages and skill levels played together.
Did I mention that the crowd was epic!?
The New York City guitar school co-hosted, checked folks in and lead some practice sessions. Couldn't have done it without them!!
Alex Skolnick sounded amazing on his Martin Guitar!
The event opened with Alex Skolnick and his world music project, Planetary Coalition.
NYC resident Liz Curtin won the Martin guitar!!!
The lucky Tech 21 pedal winner, Doug Stufflebean!
One more crowd shot! Until next year....