AROUND TOWN: Summer Guitar Festival kicks off today, offers two concerts

The Las Vegas Academy’s guitar club is hosting a Summer Guitar Festival from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 24 and 25 in the school’s performing arts center, located on the corner of 9th and Clark Streets.

The festival features jazz guitarist Robert Conti and national finger-picking champion and GFA International Classical Guitar winner,
Michael Chapdelaine.  Registration will be held at 8 a.m. in the performing arts center. Online registration is available at www.classroomguitar.com.

Conti will performing at 7 p.m. on June 24, and Chapdelaine will perform at 7 p.m. on June 25. Tickets are available at the door for $10 for each night.

The entire festival, which includes eight guitar workshops, two concerts and lunch costs $95. A one-day pass is available for $50.

Class schedule:

June 24
9 to 10:30 a.m.:
Warm-Up & Skill Techniques with Mel Hallam

10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.:
Jump start your career with YouTube with Michael Chapdelaine

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.:
Lunch

1:30 to 2:15 p.m.:
Composing with alternate tunings with Ray Williams

2:30 to 4 p.m.:
Improvisation Clinic with Bob Conti

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.:
Repertoire Class, Students perform for one another

5:30 to 7 p.m.:
Dinner

7 to 8:30 p.m.:
Concert with Robert Conti

June 25

9 to 10:30 a.m.:
Warm-Up & Skill Techniques with Mel Hallam

10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.:
Improvisation Clinic – Writing pop tunes for guitar with Michael
Chapdelaine

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.:
Lunch

1:30 to 2:15 p.m.:
How to prepare for a competition or performance with Ray Williams

2:30 to 4 p.m.:
The business of music – be an entrepreneur with Robert Conti

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.:
Repertoire Class, Students perform for one another

5:30 to 7 p.m.:
Dinner

7 to 8:30 p.m.:
Concert with Michael Chapdelaine

— Laura Emerson

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