Some of the country’s finest fingerstyle guitar players will return to Nashville in Brown County Friday through Sunday for the sixth annual Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival.
Festivities will get underway with a Friday Night Kick-Off Party from 6 to 11 p.m. in the Brown County Inn. Many of the weekend’s competitors will rotate through the open mic stage and local favorites Cari Ray and Chuck Wills will also play. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Party tickets are $5 and will be available at the door.
The tunes will continue on Saturday with the festival’s main events: the competition and concert. Beginning at 11 a.m. at the Brown County Playhouse, 20 of the country’s top fingerstyle guitarists will battle it out for a grand prize and bragging rights as the best during the fest’s competition.
New to the 2017 festival is the U.S. premiere of the documentary, “Acoustic Uprising!” Directed by Drew Roller, this film explores the innovative world of acoustic fingerstyle guitar playing and features interviews with many leading players, including Andy McKee, Kaki King, Newton Faulkner and Tommy Emmanuel. A look at the rich history of fingerstyle, the documentary delves into the fusion of musical ideas that the style has become known for.
“Acoustic Uprising” will be shown at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Brown County Playhouse.
At 7:30 p.m. the top three finishers from the day’s competition will take the Playhouse stage during the evening concert. They will be followed by three artists — Jack Wilson, Brian Henke and Michael Kelsey — who will finish the concert.
Tickets to Saturday’s competition are $15.50, which also includes admission into the premiere of “Acoustic Uprising.” Saturday evening concert tickets are $22.50 and will also admit guests to the movie shown earlier in the day. Concert tickets may be upgraded to VIP status for $32.50. VIP ticket seating is in the first four rows and includes a $40 voucher for future Brown County Playhouse events. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Brown County Playhouse or online at indianastringfest.com/tickets.
To cap off a weekend filled with great music, guitar workshops will be offered on Sunday. From 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Brown County Inn, eager guitarists will be able to learn the ins and outs of fingerstyle fun from Wilson, Lance Allen and Henke. From strumming for beginners and intermediate-level techniques to playing harp guitar, workshop-goers will learn how to perfect their pickin’ game.
Workshops are $20 per class; advance registration online is recommended. A complete list of workshops and additional details can be found at indianastringfest.com/event/guitar-workshops.
For more information on thef estival, visit indianastringfest.com or call 812-750-0257.