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Dear Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival Friends,

After a great deal of deliberation with our Producers and Partners, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s festival. It has been a difficult decision, but we feel that the health and safety of our artists and fans are more important than anything else. Even with travel restrictions lifting, it would prove challenging for our players and audience to attend safely and economically. We have reviewed all of the options available to us, and cancelling our 2020 festival is, regrettably, the best call we can make right now.  We will offer refunds to our registered participants and will be communicating directly with them. The Brown County Playhouse is ready to offer ticket refunds via their box office, at 812-988-6555.

Even though we will miss you in-person this year, we will present a Facebook Live Stream Concert the night of our usual Festival Concert – Saturday July 25th. This show will include a tribute to Evan Twitty, a retrospective or past Indiana Guitar Fest artists, and Kade Puckett playing LIVE in-studio!

As much as we love see you all at our event, having a virtual concert will be a wonderful way to celebrate fingerstyle guitar and our artists. 

In closing, we want to thank you for your support over the last nine years as this event has grown. Your love of fingerstyle guitar and the artists is evident, and appreciated. We will be back with our full festival in 2021, so mark your calendars for July 30+31, 2021!

Stay safe and healthy,
Producers Kara Barnard & Chuck Wills

Saturday July 25

Check back soon for information on our Virtual Concert, Saturday July 25th. This event will feature a tribute to Evan Twitty, a retrospective of our players over the years, and a live performance to be announced!

Saturday Competition

The competition will start at 11am, and will feature 30 of the best players in North America.  Each will take the stage to play two songs of their choice.  The final 5 competitors will be announced at the end of the afternoon competition.

Competition Tickets are general admission $16.50

Competition – July 25, 2020
11AM – 3PM

LOCATION: Brown County Playhouse

Saturday Night Concert

We will feature the Top 3 Winners of the Fingerstyle Guitar Competition, and are proud to have three magnificent artists to finish the evening concert –  To Be Announced

– General Admission Tickets $24.50 each
– VIP Tickets $34.50 each

(VIP ticket seating is reserved in 1st 4 rows, and includes a $40 voucher for future BC Playhouse events).

Concert – July 25, 2019
7:30-9:30pm

LOCATION: Brown County Playhouse

Friday July 24

Friday Guitar Workshops

We will have guitar technique workshops led by three International Guitar Champions – TO BE ANNOUNCED

Location: Brown County Inn, Town Hall Room

Friday Night Party

Some serious guitar talent will be featured at our  party on Friday Night, July 24, at The Brown County Inn.  There are two stages of live music throughout the evening. We will have many of our competitors rotating through the open mic stage, along with Chuck Wills and Hondo Thompson MCing the event..  Like great music? “Listen Local” to these amazing artists!!

The Corn Crib – 8:30 – 11:30 – Fingerstyle Guitar with guests To Be Announced

Standard bar and menu, no cover charge.

Town Hall Room – 6:00 – 10:00 – Featuring 15 Guitarists

Cash bar and BBQ available. $5 cover charge.

LOCATION: Brown County Inn, Town Hall Room & Corn Crib

Corn Crib Stage – FREE
Town Hall Stage – $5 at the door

Friday Guitar Workshops

We will have guitar technique workshops led by three International Guitar Champions – Helen Avakian, Muriel Anderson, and Christie Lenee!

Location: Brown County Inn, Town Hall Room

3:00 Helen Avakian, 2014 International Fingerstyle Champion – Transform Stage Fright to Stage Excitement
Helen will share performance tips and exercises that helped her win the 2014 title and charm audiences on stages across the country. Participants will perform for each other during this workshop.

4:30 Muriel Anderson, 1989 International Fingerstyle Champion – Travis Picking the way Travis picked (easy-intermediate)
Play Travis-style guitar the way Merle Travis actually played. Based on Muriel’s new “Take 5 Travis” course, she covers the unique and rarely taught stylistic details that gives Merle Travis’s music its charm. Will teach easy arrangements of “Nine Pound Hammer,” “I Am A Pilgrim” or other signature Travis tunes. Includes a free set of signature GHS strings for each participant.

Friday Night Party

Some serious guitar talent will be featured at our  party on Friday Night, July 26, at The Brown County Inn.  There are two stages of live music throughout the evening. We will have many of our competitors rotating through the open mic stage, along with Chuck Wills and Hondo Thompson MCing the event..  Like great music? “Listen Local” to these amazing artists!!

The Corn Crib – 8:30 – 11:30 – Fingerstyle Guitar with Daryl Shawn

Standard bar and menu, no cover charge.

Town Hall Room – 6:00 – 10:00 – Featuring 15 Guitarists

Cash bar and BBQ available. $5 cover charge.

LOCATION: Brown County Inn, Town Hall Room & Corn Crib

Corn Crib Stage – FREE
Town Hall Stage – $5 at the door

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