imgFort Wayne, IN (May 14, 2014)—Sweetwater’s annual Gearfest, an annual celebration of musicians and the equipment they use, will be held Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7, in Fort Wayne, IN. GearFest is the largest music trade show open to the general public in the United States, featuring a combination of gear expo, entertainment events, flea market, musician’s mecca, and educational and musical demonstrations and workshops by some of the biggest names in the music industry.

GearFest will host a multitude of musicians performing and in workshops continuously in six different venues. Featured guest is drummer Jason Bonham, son of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, and drummer for more recent music projects of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. Other musicians include bass player Billy Sheehan, drummer Kenny Aronoff, guitarists Jason Hook, Shaun Hopper, Don Carr, Devin Townsend, Emil Werstler, Carl Verheyen, and Brad Davis, keyboard player Larry Dunn, and many more.

The marquee event at GearFest '14 is Saturday's Producer's Panel, featuring a gathering of producer/engineers, including Bruce Swedien (Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Count Basie), Bob Clearmountain (The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen), Ed Cherney (Eric Clapton, Bob Seger, The Fabulous Thunderbirds), Mick Guzauski (Daft Punk, Earth, Wind & Fire, Mariah Carey), Ross Hogarth (Van Halen, Motley Crue, REM), Richard Chycki (Aerosmith, Rush, Mick Jagger), Bil Vorndick (Bob Dylan, Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck), and Fab Dupont (Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Bon Jovi). The panel will discuss a wide range of music recording and production topics moderated by Sweetwater's Editorial Director and noted author/journalist Mitch Gallagher.

Special GearFest features include hourly giveaway drawings for free music gear totaling more than $72,000, from Gibson, Fender, Antelope, Focal, Moog, and many others. Also, attendees can bring a guitar for a free restringing and setup, and enjoy great food, and a first look at the just completed 132,000 square foot expansion of the Sweetwater campus.

A brand new offering at GearFest ’14 will be three Pre-GearFest ‘Amplified’ Workshops, on Thursday, June 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  “The Craft of Songwriting,” will feature songwriter Mark Cawley (songs recorded by Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Diana Ross and many more), guitarist Don Carr (Oak Ridge Boys) and producer Mark Hornsby (Travis Tritt, Godsmack). Live Sound for Houses of Worship will be conducted by Doug Gould, CEO and Founder of Worship Market Development, and Sweetwater Editorial Director Mitch Gallagher will present Pursuing the Ultimate Guitar Sound. All three workshops include catered lunch and cost $129 each. For more details and contact information for how to register, go to: http://www.sweetwater.com/feature/gearfest/amplified.php

More than 200 manufacturers of musical instruments, music technology, and audio equipment will display all the latest gear; a rare opportunity to experience the products of more than 35 guitar gear manufactures, more than 45 recording equipment vendors, 20 software publishers, 20 microphone makers, and many more.

The entire GearFest ’14 schedule of events is available online at: http://www.sweetwater.com/feature/gearfest/schedule.php

To speed up the registration process at the festival, you can pre-register online; visit http://www.sweetwater.com/feature/gearfest/register.php  For more information, call (800) 222-4700.

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