Rocky Mountains’ Guitar Town

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guitar town
Courtesy of Stan Katz

Have you ever wanted to be in an amazing environment, hear fantastic guitar music and be surrounded by thousands of guitar ‘friends’? Look no further, Guitar Town is the place to be.

Set in the majestic Colorado Rocky Mountains, just one hour west of Denver at the Copper Mountain Resort, this annual three day guitar festival boasts a caliber of performers that will knock your socks off ~ and it’s free! There’s more to it though than just concerts. Amidst the facilities are guitar and songwriting workshops, a custom Luthier Expo, representatives from both Martin Guitar and Taylor Guitars leading informational sessions while showcasing their latest models, kids music activities, the Guitar Center Garage featuring on-site string changing services, an ArtGuitar silent auction benefiting the Grammy Foundation’s MusiCares program, jam sessions and more. Best of all it’s a chance to rub elbows with some of the most gifted guitarists in a magnificent setting.

This year for the first time Guitar Town will offer the opportunity for anyone and everyone to learn to play guitar.  Marlene Hutchinson*, creator and host of Learn to Play Guitar in a Day!, will share her simple method of launching new guitarists during drop-in clinics throughout the three day festival. Loaner guitars will be provided by Guitar Center so folks can simply just stop by and learn to play guitar.

Guitar Town is truly a “Celebration of Guitar”!

guitar town crowd
Courtesy of Tripp Faye

*Marlene Hutchinson teaches guitar in Orange County, California and her Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! workshop at colleges, universities and other locations around the United States. Her DVD airs on PBS and she’s been featured on CBS, NBC, NPR, Acoustic Guitar, WiMN and several news publications. Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! ™ is a 2014 Player’s Choice Award nominee.  Visit Marlene at

August 7, 8 & 9, 2015

Scheduled Performers:

  • Steve Vai
  • Eric Johnson
  • John Jorgenson (John Jorgenson Electric Band with special guests Stig Mathisen & Chris Casello, John Jorgenson Quintet, J2B2 – John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band)
  • Robben Ford
  • Sonny Landreth
  • Andy McKee
  • Trio Balkan Strings
  • Richard Smith & Rory Hoffman
  • Matt Schofield
  • Scott Goldman
  • Sean McGowan
  • All-Star Jams
  • Q&A Workshops
  • And More!

2015 marks the 11th Guitar Town. The brainchild of Bob Burwell and sponsored by HOA Village at Copper Mountain, this annual event brings together some of the world’s most celebrated guitarists. Burwell, a 43 year music industry veteran and manager to a host of successful musicians, had a vision of artists performing, sharing their craft and mingling with fans in a beautiful and relaxed setting. Past year’s rosters read like a who’s who of guitar royalty; Joe Satriani, Lee Ritenour, Joe Bonamassa, Larry Carlton and Tommy Emmanuel to name a few.

A guitar player and collector, Burwell loves watching people experience the joy of seeing their favorite guitarists up close and personal.

To learn more about Guitar  Town click here

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