Sweetwater Presents GearFest '14

May 13, 2014 1:55 PM

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Sweetwater in Fort Wayne, Ind., will present GearFest '14, a celebration of musicians and the instruments and equipment they use to make music, on Friday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 5501 US Hwy 30 W, Fort Wayne, Indiana. GearFest is free and open to the public.

GearFest is the largest music trade show open to the general public in the United States, featuring a combination of gear expo, entertainment events, flea market, musician’s mecca, and educational and musical demonstrations and workshops by some of the biggest names in the music industry.

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Sweetwater Founder and President Chuck Surack says, “GearFest is a truly unique event in this country and in the music retail business. Where else can musicians and music-lovers come to see, hear, and enjoy what is usually reserved for music industry insiders. We’re also particularly proud to be able to produce this huge event in Fort Wayne, bringing people here from literally all across the country.”

GearFest will host a multitude of musicians performing and in workshops continuously in six different venues. Featured guest is drummer Jason Bonham, son of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, and drummer for more recent music projects of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. Other musicians include bass player Billy Sheehan, drummer Kenny Aronoff, guitarists Jason Hook, Shaun Hopper, Don Carr, Devin Townsend, Emil Werstler, Carl Verheyen, and Brad Davis, keyboard player Larry Dunn, and many more.

The marquee event at GearFest '14 is Saturday's Producer's Panel, featuring an unprecedented gathering of producer/engineers, including Bruce Swedien (Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Count Basie), Bob Clearmountain (The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen), Ed Cherney (Eric Clapton, Bob Seger, The Fabulous Thunderbirds), Mick Guzauski (Daft Punk, Earth, Wind & Fire, Mariah Carey), Ross Hogarth (Van Halen, Motley Crue, REM), Richard Chycki (Aerosmith, Rush, Mick Jagger), Bil Vorndick (Bob Dylan, Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck), and Fab Dupont (Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Bon Jovi). The panel will discuss a wide range of music recording and production topics moderated by Sweetwater's Editorial Director and noted author/journalist Mitch Gallagher.






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