Fort Wayne, Ind. (WANE) – Not only is GearFest ’14 completely free and open to anyone and everyone, but the two-day event showcases an amazing combination of musical wonders such as Jason Bonham, and once in a lifetime sale pricing on musical equipment.
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If that hasn’t convinced you, here’s our top five reasons why you should head on over to Sweetwater’s GearFest:
5- Test gear, buy it, or sell it
Sweetwater is the number one online retailer of music instruments and audio equipment in the United States. At GearFest, you can test out gear from Sweetwater’s stock. If you find something you like, Sweetwater is selling gear up to 85 percent off. There’s also a flea market where used equipment can be bought, sold, or traded. It’s open to all but you do have to pre-register. You can do it at GearFest or call (260) 432-8176.
4- Hourly giveaways
Sweetwater is giving away more than $72,000 in free music gear from Gibson, Fender, Antelope, Focal, Moog, and many others. If you have a guitar, bring it. Sweetwater is offering to restring and setup your guitar for free.
Sweetwater is offering a wide range of different workshops. Some are focused in areas such as ‘Recording and Mixing Liver performances for Distribution’. Interested in learning Pro Tools? Throughout Friday and Saturday there are Pro Tool workshops every hour. Browse the entire schedule here.
2–Saturday’s Producer’s Panel
Saturday’s panel will feature producers and engineers who have worked with people such as Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Daft Punk, Bob Dylan, and Queen Latifah. Panels will discuss a wide range of music recording and production topics. There are six different venues with constant performances and workshops from a multitude of musicians.
1 — Performances
Two words: Jason Bonham. The son of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham, is the drummer for more recent music projects with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. He’s not the only performer, also on sate will be bass player Billy Sheehan, drummer Kenny Aronoff, and guitarist Jason Hook. Click here for a complete list of the special guests.
For a full list of GearFest activities click here.
To register for GearFest click here.