The first Spa City Guitar Festival will be held from Friday March 18 to Sunday March 20 at the Universal Preservation Hall. This first will become an annual event in Saratoga Springs and will provide the public with a three-day guitar extravaganza full of concerts, masterclasses, workshops, guitar exhibits and vendors.
The first to perform is none other than Brazilian guitarist Badi Assad, whose specialty is mixing music from his culture with ethnic sounds from around the world. Therefore, she challenges the idea of sticking to one genre of music. Her singing is known to be dynamic, while as a guitarist she is known to be innovative, inspiring and breathtaking. Assad moved the masses not only with his unique voice, but also with his fingers. She will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 18.
Next on the route is Germán López, who is known internationally as one of the most notable and outstanding guitarists. He adheres to Canarian folk musical traditions, Spanish flamenco, West African rhythms, the flourishing spirit of jazz, as well as his own original approach to “island music”. Having performed almost 100 times on tours around the world, the Spa City Guitar Festival will only elevate his career. He will take part in a Spanish folk show featuring Antonio Toledo at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 19.
The third performance of the festival is by Grammy-nominated guitarist Mark Lettieri. He has experience not only playing the guitar professionally, but also as a composer, producer and instructor. Unlike many, Lettieri doesn’t stick to one style of music, but rather a multitude of them, whether he’s working with an independent artist or a major label. As a composer and producer, he creates his own original music. Moreover, he is well known for playing in Snarky Puppy since 2008, a music group that combines jazz, rock, world and funk. His work with the group earned him four Grammy Awards. Lettieri will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 19.
Finally, 21-album and chart-topping guitarist Gary Hoey will perform at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 20. With his hit-for-hit catalog, Hoey has secured a place among the top 100 guitarists of all time. He is known for his fiery vibe and incredible connection with his audience. Hoey was discovered by Ozzy Osbourne in 1987 and has excelled ever since. He is known for performing heart-pounding solos comparable to Clapton or Stevie Ray in their heyday.
Passes available include $35 day pass, $45 day pass and masterclass, $75 festival pass, and VIP pass at $150. For more information on passes, as well as to purchase them, visit Universal Preservation Hall website.