GearFest Takes the Stage June 6 & 7
Itâ€™s time to get â€śampedâ€ť up for GearFest â€™14, the largest public music trade show in the United Statesâ€”a veritable musical manna for players, instruments, and the people who love them.
More than 200 manufacturers are expected at this yearâ€™s gear-apolooza, which takes place June 6 and 7 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and will once again include all types of musical attractionsâ€”from a gear expo and entertainment events to a â€śmusicians meccaâ€ť and music demos and workshops led by notable names in the music industry.
Among the main events at GearFest is the June 7 â€śProducer's Panel,â€ť which will include a slew of ace behind-the-controls folk from the recording industryâ€”with panelists who have worked with Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and R.E.M.
The two-day event will also feature performances and sessions with Led Zeppelin progeny Jason Bonham, bassist Billy Sheehan, drummer Kenny Aronoff, and many others.
The free-admission event is put on by online instrument retailer Sweetwater Sound; festival hours are Friday, 9am to 6pm; Saturday, 9am to 5pm. For more information, visit sweetwater.com.