TACOMA GUITAR FESTIVAL @ THE TACOMA DOME

Come To The Largest Guitar Event Ever Held In The Northwest!

THE TACOMA GUITAR FESTIVAL


SATURDAY SCHEDULE (APRIL 29)
Doors open from 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM // Adrian Galysh
11:20 AM - 12:05 PM // Larry Mitchell
12:25 PM - 1:35 PM // Kaki King
1:55 PM - 3:05 PM // Andy Timmons
3:10 PM - 3:40 PM // Fender Guitar/JHS Pedals Demonstration
3:55 PM - 4:30 PM // Bryan Ewald/PRS
SUNDAY SCHEDULE (APRIL30)
Doors open from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:30 AM - 11:05 AM // Larry Mitchell
11:20 AM - 11:55 AM // Adrian Galysh
12:15 PM - 1:25 PM // Bruce Kulick
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM // Ethan Tucker
3:00 PM - 3:35 PM // Carl Tosten

Andy Timmons
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As guitarist for pop-metal band Danger Danger, he toured the world opening for Kiss and Alice Cooper, sold over a million records worldwide, and had two #1 videos on MTV, plus amassing a discography that includes 7 solo releases that range from blazing guitar. . .
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. . .instrumentals, to blues, and even a Beatles/Elvis Costello-inspired collection of pop tunes.

As a session player, he's been highly featured on CDs by drumming legend Simon Phillips, a live CD with Olivia Newton-John (Andy has been her music director/guitarist for several U.S. tours), two internationally acclaimed CDs by Kip Winger, recording sessions for Paula Abdul, Paul Stanley, and countless radio and television jingles. He has also played alongside many of his heroes such as Steve Vai and Joe Satriani (as a regular guest on their G3 tours in Dallas), Eric Johnson, Steve Morse, Mike Stern, Ace Frehley, Ted Nugent, and Pierre Bensusan, as well as some of his fave '60's singing stars such as the Beach Boys, Lesley Gore, and Gordon Waller (of Peter and Gordon fame!)

So what hasn't this phenomenal talent done? Released a CD in America, that's what!! Andy has experienced great success with several of his solo releases in Europe and Japan, but "That Was Then, This Is Now (the best of X-tacy)" is his first worldwide CD that includes a US release!

This CD features 11 newly re-mastered tracks from his first two highly acclaimed solo releases, ear X-tacy and ear X-atcy 2 as well as five new songs recorded especially for this compilation that contain some of Andy's best playing ever. Songs such as the Hendrix inspired “Electric Gypsy”, the homage to Stevie Ray Vaughan, “I Remember Stevie”, a beautiful ballad “A Night To Remember”, the country chicken-picking barn-burner “Farmer Sez”, and the incredible tribute to George Harrison, “Slips Away”. These are just a few examples of why Andy has long been respected and admired in the guitar community. The common thread through all these musical genres seems to be Andy's passionate style and sense of melody.


Andy's musical career began in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana at the age of 13 with his first band, Taylor Bay. “Early on, I realized that making it in a rock band was such a long-shot, that I better figure out other ways of making a living playing guitar. I began reading about players like Steve Lukather and Larry Carlton who made their living as session musicians. This really appealed to me, since I really loved a wide variety of musical styles.”

The decision to pursue the studio scene led him to more serious music studies. He studied classical guitar for two years before moving to Miami to study jazz guitar at the University of Miami (largely because the Dixie Dregs, Pat Metheny, and Jaco Pastorius had all gone there). He eventually ended up in Dallas where he was very fortunate to get a foot in the door of a very good studio scene. In 1988, the Andy Timmons band was formed and he quickly gained a following in Texas. Around that time, Epic recording artists Danger Danger recruited him to finish their debut record, film several videos, and begin touring.

After 4 years in New York with Danger Danger, Andy returned to Dallas in 1993 to resume his studio career and the Andy Timmons Band. His first solo release, ear X-tacy, was released in 1994 to critical acclaim followed 1997's ear X-tacy 2. He then released Pawn Kings (1997), Orange Swirl (1998), The Spoken and the Unspoken (1999), and And-thology 1 & 2 (2000). In 2001 Andy signed with Favored Nations and released his first international record, That Was Then, This is Now, a compliation of the first two ear X-tacy records and and five new tracks. Resolution (2006) marks Andy's first full-length new release for Favored Nations.

Andy has been consistently voted a “Top 20 Favorite Guitarist” in most of Japan's rock music magazine's reader polls, as well as being voted “Musician of the Year” four years in a row in the acclaimed Dallas Observer Music Awards. He also has become one of the most respected and sought after clinicians representing Ibanez Guitars, touring the world on their behalf.
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Kaki King
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Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” composer and guitarist Kaki King is a true iconoclast. Over the past 13 years the Brooklyn-based artist has released 8 extraordinarily diverse and distinctive albums, performed with such icons as Foo Fighters, Timbaland . . .
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“In her near-13-year career that’s seen six studio albums and a Golden-Globe nomination for best original score, King has earned critical acclaim for the way she combines unusual tunings, complex fingerstyle picking, and slap bass techniques to create soundscapes that range from instrumental acoustic work to high-voltage rock songs. Now, she’s using her guitar in an entirely new way: as a projection screen."
- The Atlantic

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” composer and guitarist Kaki King is a true iconoclast. Over the past 13 years the Brooklyn-based artist has released 8 extraordinarily diverse and distinctive albums, performed with such icons as Foo Fighters, Timbaland, and The Mountain Goats, contributed to a variety of film and TV soundtracks including Golden Globe-nominated work on Sean Penn’s Into The Wild, and played to an increasingly fervent following of music lovers on innumerable world tours.

Her latest work, “The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body,” is Kaki at her visionary best: deconstructing and redefining the role of solo instrumental artist though virtuoso technique, insatiable imagination, and boundless humanity. This groundbreaking new multi-media performance uses projection mapping to present the guitar as an ontological tabula rasa in a creation myth unlike any other, where luminous visions of genesis and death, textures and skins, are cast onto her signature Ovation Adamas guitar which has been customized specifically for this production.

In addition to her own solo work, Kaki sometimes performs accompanied by NYC-based string quartet ETHEL. She has also performed at Carnegie Hall, premiering a classical piece commissioned by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.
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Bruce Kulick
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Bruce Kulick became a guitar hero when he was asked to join KISS in 1984. As their lead guitarist, Kulick was featured in the band from 1984 till 1996, performing all around the world in addition to his recordings and videos with the famous band.
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Bruce Kulick became a guitar hero when he was asked to join KISS in 1984. As their lead guitarist, Kulick was featured in the band from 1984 till 1996, performing all around the world in addition to his recordings and videos with the famous band. During those years, he earned multiple Platinum and Gold records and video awards. He's also heavily featured on KISSOLOGY II and III, the band's DVDs spanning their historic 40 year career. Kulick has worked with German supergroup Avantasia, appearing on four of their CDs, toured or recorded with Meatloaf, Billy Squier, Michael Bolton, Lordi, and many other artists around the world through his many years playing guitar. His 2010 solo album, titled "BK3," was one of Classic Rock Magazine's Top 50 albums that year, featuring guests such as Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, Tobias Sammet (Avantasia), Steve Lukather (Toto) and more. Aside from his three solo CDs, his resume features over 60 album credits. The band that he formed in 1998 with John Corabi called, UNION, still has a staunch following. Since 2000, Bruce has been the lead guitarist for Grand Funk Railroad, and keeps busy between GFR shows in North America, with his other music projects and sessions. He frequently travels abroad sharing his music with his faithful fans.
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Adrian Galysh
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Los Angeles-based guitarist Adrian Galysh is an on-demand solo artist, session guitarist, published author, and educator with an illustrious career spanning five studio albums – including his recent release Into The Blue.


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Los Angeles-based guitarist Adrian Galysh is an on-demand solo artist, session guitarist, published author, and educator with an illustrious career spanning five studio albums – including his recent release Into The Blue.

With Into The Blue, Galysh departs from his usual progressive/instrumental style, diving deep into gritty blues-rock tracks accompanied by his own vocals, and also those of vocal powerhouse Kacee Clanton (Joe Cocker, Luis Miguel), who lends her sultry voice to the album as a guest artist and co-writer.

And while Into The Blue is an all-vocal blues-rock affair, fans of Galysh’s guitar-
centric style will enjoy this very guitar-driven record. The album also features special guest performances by studio session ace Carl Verheyen (Supertramp), who plays on Galysh’s energetic version of the Junior Wells classic “Messin’ With The Kid,” and chicken picker Johnny Hiland, who takes a string- and mind-bending guest solo on Bobby Blue Bland’s “Further On Up The Road.”

The album’s rhythm section is rounded out by the stellar and authentic blues talents of drummer Joey Heredia (Stevie Wonder, Tribal Tech), and bassist Paul Loranger (Eric Sardinas).

“Playing blues guitar needs to be a concise statement, and requires simple, good tone,” said Galysh. “Into The Blue offers just that – blues-inspired songs that are straightforward in their arrangement, sound, and instrumentation. I didn’t want to waste a single phrase, and wanted to ensure that every solo reflects the song’s feel and intent.”

Praised by artists like Jennifer Batten and outlets like Power Play Magazine, Galysh has a successful trajectory that includes numerous collaborations and performances with industry giants like Uli Jon Roth, Yngwie Malmsteen, Robben Ford, Mike Keneally, George Lynch, Warren DeMartini, and many more.

Galysh is also a Guitar World Magazine online lesson columnist and Education Coordinator for Guitar Center Lessons. He's the author of the book Progressive Guitar Warm-Ups and Exercises. He uses SIT Strings, Seymour Duncan pickups and effects, Voodoo Lab and Morley pedals, and has a Brian Moore signature guitar.

Into The Blue is available now via iTunes, Amazon.com, CDBaby.com, and adriangalysh.com.

Track list

1. “Let Your Hammer Ring” (Galysh)
2. “Barstool Monarchy” (Galysh/Clanton)
3. “Unloveable Me” (Galysh/Clanton)
4. “Messin’ With The Kid” (Mel London)
5. “Nobody Knows You (When You’re Down and Out)” (Jimmy Cox)
6. “Who Am I To Say” (Galysh/Clanton)
7. “The War” (Galysh/Clanton)
8. “Further On Up The Road” (Veasley/Robey)
9. “Why Am I Singing The Blues” (Galysh/Clanton

Visit www.adriangalysh.com for more information.
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Larry Mitchell
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Larry Mitchell is a Grammy award-winning producer, engineer and performer who has toured the world playing guitar with well-known artists including Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier, Ric Ocasek and Miguel Bosé. In his original compositions, Larry skillfully weaves guitar textures that showcase. . .
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Larry Mitchell is a Grammy award-winning producer, engineer and performer who has toured the world playing guitar with well-known artists including Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier, Ric Ocasek and Miguel Bosé. In his original compositions, Larry skillfully weaves guitar textures that showcase his virtuosity as a solo artist and ensemble player.

As an artist, he has released 8 solo records and won a San Diego Music Award for best pop jazz artist. Larry is currently touring promoting his 2016 release "The Traveler" 

As a producer-engineer, Larry has won 26 New Mexico Music Awards in various categories from pop, adult contemporary, rap, rock, country World music and Native American. He won a Grammy Award for producing, engineering and performing on "Totemic Flute Chants" by Native American artist Johnny Whitehorse, who is better known as Robert Mirabal of Taos Pueblo.

Larry is currently touring with his own trio as well as solo shows in support of "The Traveler"

He has many long-standing endorsements and relationships with companies such as Ibanez Guitars, D'Addario Strings, D'Marzio Pickups, Tech 21 NYC, Cord-Lox, Dava Picks, Antares tech, Sennhieser Wireless systems, Pro Bag gig bags, Ultimate Ears, Peavey, Majik Box, Fractal Audio and now with Knaggs guitars and Godin Acoustic guitars, Morrow Audio cables. 
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Carl Tosten
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Carl Tosten has a passion for guitars that began when his father bought him his first guitar at age 11. From his early years in a small town in Eastern Washington, his playing centered around the electric guitar, performing with various groups and diverse styles ranging from country to rock to jazz.
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"Carl Tosten writes songs layered with warmth, intelligence, oblique humor, and astute observation of human nature. His dynamic vocals and rhythmic, percussive guitar style fill his live performances with intense energy, stories, and songs that captivate and inspire his audiences. One of the most unique talents of the day."  —Bill Gonder, Gibson Montana

Carl Tosten has a passion for guitars that began when his father bought him his first guitar at age 11. From his early years in a small town in Eastern Washington, his playing centered around the electric guitar, performing with various groups and diverse styles ranging from country to rock to jazz. In the mid 1990’s, after years of eclectic listening and playing, he began to focus fully on the acoustic guitar, creating masterful acoustic fingerstyle compositions which combine alternate tunings, multiple capos, percussive body slaps and right-hand tapping. Known for his expressive and energetic guitar style, Tosten has been described as an “Acoustic One-Man Band.” His self-produced solo recordings combine his unique and expressive guitar style with his strong and soulful voice. He writes songs layered with warmth, intelligence, oblique humor and acute observation of human nature. His dynamic vocals and rhythmic, percussive guitar style fill his performances with intense energy, stories and music — weaving a web of writing, singing and playing that captivates and inspires his audiences.

Carl has played with and or shared the stage with, Brent Mason, Stanley Jordan, Tuck & Patti, Lila Downs, Lee Ritenour, Seymour Duncan, Stu Hamm, Mike Stern, Rick Vito, Muriel Anderson, Nokie Edwards, Frank Vignola, Carl Verheyen, and The California Guitar Trio.
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Bryan Ewald
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Bryan Ewald is an Annapolis, Maryland based freelance guitarist, multi instrumentalist, session musician, writer, and producer who has made a living with music for over 25 years…


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Bryan Ewald is an Annapolis, Maryland based freelance guitarist, multi instrumentalist, session musician, writer, and producer who has made a living with music for over 25 years. In addition to teaching guitar and opening the School of Rock Baltimore, Bryan has been a full contributing member to over 20 bands including Starbelly, Jarflys Judd & Maggie, and has been hired by well over 100 other artists for regional and international live, touring, or recording work, including Rachael Yamagata, Warren Zanes (The Del Fuegos) and Pat Dinizio (The Smithereens), Damon Harris (The Temptations), Bobby Vega (Sly Stone, Tower of Power, Santana), The Supremes, David Cassidy, Shane Gamble, David Pack (Ambrosia), and many more. He is currently endorsed by and travels as a brand ambassador for PRS Guitars and Amps.
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Ethan Tucker
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Olympia Washington native, Ethan Tucker has established himself as an invaluable mainstay in the west coast roots music scene. After recording and touring for nearly a decade Tucker’s career took a new and unexpected path.

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Olympia Washington native, Ethan Tucker has established himself as an invaluable mainstay in the west coast roots music scene. After recording and touring for nearly a decade Tucker’s career took a new and unexpected path.

Tucker’s career escalated while still a teenager in the late oughts after meeting Franti led to an impromptu backstage jam in Spearhead’s dressing room. Franti was so impressed, that he invited Ethan to come to his San Francisco studio. After solidifying a deeper friendship and common ground creatively, the two recorded what would later become a couple of infectious tracks on Misunderstood. The first single “Crazy Tonight” was arranged, recorded and produced at Franti’s studio and also features him on guest vocals, with the music video directed and produced by Franti as well. The track, coupled with the reggae-pop hybrid “Cool Kids,” produced by Franti, opens a new album that is a cohesive coming-of-age for Tucker.

Stoopid Records released the full length, Misunderstood in May of 2015. Tucker’s broad musical spectrum is exemplified on the 11-song album produced by Mario Caldato Jr., (Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson, G Love) and includes special guests Michael Franti, Money Mark, Norwood Fisher (Fishbone) and Thomas Pridgeon (Mars Volta).

His trademark sound has captivated both notable legends and modern musicians over the years, earning him tours with Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, as well as with Blues legend Buddy Guy. Tucker has also fostered a close musical brotherhood with contemporaries Slightly Stoopid, G-Love & Special Sauce and Michael Franti, & Spearhead. His live outfit, Ethan Tucker Band was featured on slots at the Hangout Festival, California Roots, Dry Diggings, Deep Roots and Closer To The Sun, touring with the aforementioned artists, and most recently completing the European leg of Michael Franti’s “Soul Rocker Tour” in November of 2016.

Ethan joined as a contestant on Season 11 of NBC’s highest rated show The Voice. His performance of The Police “Roxanne” caught the attention of Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, with Ethan ultimately joining Team Blake. This performance was a highlight of the first round, being replayed on Entertainment Tonight, Ellen Degeneres Show and The Today Show, being a post-show fan favorite.
Although, losing in the show’s Battle Round, Ethan’s stellar performance of John Mayer’s “Gravity” continued to be a fan-favorite, with over 2-million YouTube views to date.

For more information about Ethan, visit ethantuckermusic.com.
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