Next AFG Meeting - Saturday, May 23, at Mo's Fullerton

Also big News about upcoming meeting at Museum of Music in July coming soon says President Greg Atkin!

Brooks Robertson & John Standefer (Fingerstyle Guitar Duo)

Mo's Fullerton Music, 121 North Harbor Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92832
Main program from 12-2:00pm, and open mic from 2:00-4:00pm
As always, our meeting and open mic will be combo concert/sharing-technique sessions.
Brooks and John website

Richard Smith sends word about his upcoming Nashville Guitar Camp 2015 in Daytona, Florida (April 17-19). Also, he will be be out to the West Coast for concerts toward the end of April!

This will be a blast. Join us in Florida and learn all you ever wanted to learn on guitar. Two of Nashville's top studio aces, my friends Guthrie Trapp and Pat Bergeson, jazz great Barry Greene and I are teaming up for the first ever Nashville Guitar Camp. We will study at the Mike Curb College of Music in beautiful Daytona Beach, Florida, from April 17th-19th. The weekend includes a kickoff concert, intensive lectures and classes plus evening jams you'll never forget. Topics covered will be studio techniques, fingerstyle, jazz, blues, country and more. Come on out - and inhale all those Music City secrets!

All info and application

The Merle Travis Thumbpicking Weekend will take place at the Ozark Folk Center in Arkansas May 14-16, 2015

Feature Concert Thom Bresh, Ben Hall, Danny Dozier and Randy Buckner

The purpose of the weekend is to celebrate the thumbpicking tradition made popular by guitarist Merle Travis, father of “Travis Picking.” Weekend events include workshops with some of thumbpicking's finest pickers, a panel discussion about Travis and thumbpicking, concerts by instructors and special guests, plus a guitar contest in the traditional and contemporary styles of thumbpicking guitar. The Ozark Folk Center has hosted the Merle Travis Thumbpicking Weekend annually for more than 30 years. Travis performed in some of the early years.
The weekend honors the lasting legacy of Travis with the following events:
• Beginning to advanced level workshops taught by Thom Bresh (son of Merle Travis), Ben Hall (Nashville-based national thumbpicking champion), and Randy Buckner (music instructor and Travis historian).
• A panel discussion about Travis, and thumbpicking, moderated by Randy Buckner, with panelists Thom Bresh, Ben Hall, and Danny Dozier (Arkansas-based national thumbpicking champion).
• Afternoon and evening concerts performed by Thom Bresh, Ben Hall, Danny Dozier, and Randy Buckner.
• Two contests – one for traditional styles of thumbpicking, and one for contemporary styles of fingerstyle guitar. Each category has a $300 (1st), $125 (2nd), and $50 (3rd), prize.
◦ The winner of the traditional category will gain automatic admission to the International Home of the Legends Championship this September in Powderly, KY.
◦ The winner of the contemporary category will gain automatic admission to the International Fingerstyle Championship this September in Winfield, KS.

Ozark Folk Center Link

Previous Meeting, featuring Master Jazz Guitarist Ron Eschete

above Ron Eschete Trio

Ron Escheté is the consummate master of the seven-string guitar. Whether he is playing bebop, ballads or blues he is a musically sophisticated guitarist who plays with grace and dignity. "Escheté is one of the finest jazz guitarists in L.A. – no small achievement in a region dense with superb players," says Jim Ferguson of JazzTimes. His deft and nimble fingers paint a spectrum of sound so rich that his chord voicing selections are often compared with those of a pianist. 20th Century Guitar likens his sound to that of the great Bill Evans.

Escheté has appeared on the Tonight Show with Diana Krall, the Merv Griffin Show with the Mort Lindsey Orchestra,vthe Mike Douglas Show with Buddy Greco. He has played nearly every notable jazz venue in the southern California including the Catalina Bar and Grill, The Jazz Bakery, Steamers, Donte's, Carmeloís, the Parisian Room and the Lighthouse. He has toured extensively and has played major venues from New York to San Francisco.

Previous AFG Meeting-Concert and Jams

Performers at AFG 10-13-13 event

Sunday, October 13th, 2013 12:00 noon to 5:00pm Museum of Music Making (NAMM Facility) 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008. Donation: $15 for the full day.

AFG hosted a fun filled educational and entertaining afternoon! We gathered at noon and hosted an open mic guitar circle beginning at 1:00pm for Beginners to Masters. Special guests included AFG members (pictured) Ric Ickard and his 12 year old protege, Sam Victoria and Jeff Linsky, who sat in with Ric and our featured guests, Tim and Myles. Guitar wah-wah pedal inventor and guitarist Del Casher also visited with Tim and the rest of the afg gang. At 3:00 the AFG Main Event concert featured Tim and Myles Thompson. Tim is a National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion and his son Myles is a virtuoso violin player. Bonus: the Museum of Music Making was open for free tours from 11:00am to 5:00pm.