may 5

Air Guitar Championship

First annual Lawrence / KC area competition

Jackpot Music Hall

Check out our feature on area air guitar champ Eric Melin.

From the promoter: Although the Lawrence/K.C. Air Guitar Championship event is inspired by and will be run just like the U.S. Air Guitar Championships currently on tour across he country, it is an independent event. Winning it will not get you a slot in the USAG Nationals, but instead the respect and awe of your friends and brothAIRs and sistAIRs (and whatever cool prizes I can dig up). It will be hosted by Mean Melin, 2009 KC Regional USAG champ.

Rules: Each performance is played to 1 minute (60 sec.) of a song. The 60 seconds can start anywhere in the song.The instrument must be invisible & be a guitar. Air roadies are allowed, but must leave the stage before the performance. Back-up bands (air or real) are not allowed.

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There will be some one-minute edits available for last-minute walk-up entries. If you have your one-minute song prepared, however, bring it to the show on CD labeled with your stage name and song title. Check-in for contestants is 8pm. Bring your CD and costume. Have your friends (the more local support you have, the better!) show up around 9:30pm or so. The show starts promptly at 10pm.

Local celebrity judges include Kliph Scurlock of The Flaming Lips, Justin Kendall - air guitar journalist from The Pitch, and Jon Niccum - Entertainment Editor from Lawrence Journal-World.

Round 1 (freestyle): each competitor performs to a song of their choice

Round 2 (compulsory): top competitors from round 1 perform surprise song


Eric Melin 12 years, 3 months ago

CORRECTION: The show is only $5, not $8. That's for entrants and gawkers both!

RoeDapple 12 years, 3 months ago

"That ain't working, that's the way you do it Money for nothing and your chicks for free"

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