Get Out Your Guitar Day, a national holiday that celebrates guitars and guitarists of all genres, will be presented in conjunction with the travelling exhibit GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World, on view through May 7, 2017. GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World is Presented by M&T Bank with Associate Sponsor, Chakra Communications. All Get Out Your Guitar Day activities are included with Museum admission and free for Museum Members.
Chris “The Bulldog” Parker, of Schopp & The Bulldog on WGR 550 Sports Radio, will be on-site from 11am to 1pm. While he’s known for his passion for local sports teams, “The Bulldog” is also a music buff and passionate about the Buffalo music scene. Additionally, Buffalo Music Hall of Fame member Dick Bauerle will present “Sounds of the Guitar” through the decades from 11:30am to 12:30pm along with a Q&A session, guitar history and guitar playing tips. Oogie Games will be on-site and showing off Guitar Hero, for those musicians that are more digitally inclined. Guests are encourage to bring their guitars and show off their skills throughout the day.
In partnership with the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, Michael Hund (BMHOF Class of 1992) will present “The Fender Tail… a History of Fender guitars” from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. Get ready to hear the sounds of legendary Fender guitars - a musical journey from its birth. The company began as Fender's Radio Service in late 1938 in Fullerton, California. A custom lap steel guitar made in 1946 for his friend Noel Boggs was most likely the very first product of the new company, already sporting the familiar Big "F" logo. Hund will take guests on a journey through the years of Fender guitars. In 1951, Fender offered the first mass-produced solid-body Spanish-style electric guitar, the Telecaster (originally named the 'Broadcaster'; 'Esquire' is a single pickup version), and the first mass-produced electric bass, the Precision Bass (P-Bass). In 1954, Fender mass-produced the popular Stratocaster (Strat) guitar. Hear a 1952 Fender dual 8 lap steel guitar and many other historic Fender guitars including: 1950 Fender custom shop esquire, 1957 Fender shoreline gold 1/500, 1962 Fender sonic blue Stratocaster, 1974 Fender sunburst, 1978 Fender blackie, 1979 Fender silver anniversary. Guest will also be able to play a guitar through a deluxe reverb amp and receive a free Fender guitar pick.
Additional special guests will be on-site throughout the day including Frank Grizanti (BMHOF Class of 2007) and former Board President, current Board Member and BMHOF Inductee, Nick Veltri (BMHOF Class of 1994). Greg Hennessey, Rich Sargent (BMHOF Class of 2008) and Doug Yeomans (BMHOF Class of 2004) will interact with guests in 71Picks, the home-grown complementary exhibit that features select items from the Hall of Fame Collection.
Admission to both GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World and 71Picks is included with general museum admission ($11 adults, $9 seniors 62+, $9 students and military with ID, $8 children 2-17 and free for Museum Members and children under 2). Both exhibits will be open during regular museum hours, 10am to 4pm, seven days a week. Special extended hours through 9pm will be available every Wednesday through May 3rd and select Fridays. For more complete details, visit www.sciencebuff.org.