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Posted by Joe M in Site News at 7:14am on Sunday, Nov 5th, 2023

Going to be in Charlottesville for the hometown shows next week? Want to get an opportunity to tour the Rockbridge Guitar shop, optionally play/demo the different style of guitars, and meet Brian Calhoun Rockbridge co-founder (along with Chickapig and latest rage TinkerTar)? Well here's your chance, both if you are a musician or just an interested DMB fan, here's how.

If you aren't familiar with Rockbridge Guitars they are the maker of the acoustic guitars that Dave Matthews primarily uses, along with being among the collections of Tim Reynolds and Stefan Lessard. And also popular among many other talented musicians, including Brandi Carlie, Tim Hanseroth, Keith Urban, Jason Mraz, Ray LaMontagne, Warren Haynes, and Lukas Nelson, just to name a few. (Many of which have visited the guitar shop themselves.) Rockbridge is known for making custom, hand-built, high-quality guitars, some with unique and custom inlays. (You may have seen the rhino inlay guitars over the years that were raffled off for preservation causes.)

The guitar shop is located right in downtown Charlottesville, in a charming late nineteenth century historic home, just a couple blocks off the downtown walking mall. And, as you'd expect with such a specialty maker, the shop is small, only a handful of guitars in the making process at any time.

So, to help make it the best experience possible, going to manage flow. First smaller groups of those that are musicians / acoustic guitar players (and their guests) to allow for some guitar demo time, and then additional time for more casual visitors. For now, we are gathering those interested to finalize timing.

If you want to come by the shop here's what need to do:

How: Please send an email to staff -at- antsmarching.org with subject 'Rockbridge' and let us know if you're an acoustic guitar player/musician interested in demo'ing, or if you're just generally interested in checking out this unique shop.
When: Saturday (11th), we'll start at 12pm for musicians, and then have casual fans through a little after that (dependent on musician interest). Estimate experience time about 30 minutes (+/- 10 mins). Will follow-up with those that have reached out, via the above directions, with better timing details.
Where: Downtown off the walking mall. Will also follow-up with address/directions.

Bonus: Heard of TinkerTar yet? (The new guitar toy and education device teaching young new musicians how to play guitar-with only ONE string. And now available at/on Amazon, Target, Walmart.) Brian Calhoun also is the creator, and if you bring one with you, he's offering to give it a founders autograph as a Thank You.

We're excited about this great experience and looking forward to all the other great activities coming this weekend in Cville!



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