Guitar Masters Guild Hall

Guitar Masters Festival Presented by Guild Hall

Guild Hall announces the first annual Guitar Masters Festival celebrating the artistry of the guitar. Some of the music world’s finest talents will be featured during the three-day gathering. The event is a celebration of music, summer, and exceptional musicianship, and features concerts, documentary films, and book signings.

Event dates are: Thursday, July 5 through Saturday, July 7, 2018.

Andy Summers, G.E. Smith, and more to headline first annual Guild Hall presents: Guitar Masters Festival

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Event Description

What is more memorable than the opening guitar riff from a classic like Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” or Guns ‘n Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine”? Guild Hall embraces the power of this magical instrument, introducing the first annual Guitar Masters, a three-day celebration of music, summer, film, and exceptional musicianship. Featuring concerts, documentary films and talks, Thursday, July 5 through Saturday, July 7, 2018, Guitar Masters is produced by Taylor Barton.

“Guild Hall is proud to present this varied program that will have broad appeal: Guitar Masters reaffirms our emphasis on music and innovative programming,” states Guild Hall Board Chair, Marty Cohen.

Highlighting the artistry of the guitar by some of the music world’s finest talents, the series features Andy Summers, renowned guitarist of the seminal band The Police on the same night as lauded photographer and musician Ralph Gibson; acclaimed guitarist and former SNL bandleader G.E. Smith will be joined by Richard Thompson, named by Rolling Stone as “One of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time,” and Teddy Thompson, called “one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of his generation” by The New York Times.

Multi-Platinum Israeli musician David Broza takes the stage, along with Brazilian guitarist Badi Assad who was ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the world’s top female guitarists.

Guitarcentric films curated by filmmaker Mary Jane Marcasiano will be screened prior to concerts. A talk by legendary luthier Ken Parker, and a reading and book signing with novelist Galadrielle Allman, daughter of the late Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer and Rolling Stone’s second greatest guitarist of all time, Duane Allman, will lend history, craftsmanship, and biography to the program.


Sponsored in part through the generosity of Michele and Marty Cohen, with additional support from Steve and Laura Riggio, James Schainuck, public funds from Suffolk County, and corporate support from Available Light and Green Mirror Corporation. Media Sponsors: Purist magazine, WEHM. VIP Lounge and Garden Reception sponsored by: Montauk Brewing Company, Fleurs de Prairie Rosé, Lamberti Prosecco, Edinburg Fruit Liquors, and Casa Dragones Tequila.