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Guitar Heroes from Renaissance to Heavy Metal at SD Guitar Festival 2018, April 20 - 29th at SDSU

Mar 28, 2018 10:45AM ● By Paul Spear



San Diego, CA –San Diego Guitar Festival will bring the old-school and new-school guitar masters to San Diego State University and partner venues for its third year on April 20th through 29th. Featuring prolific recording artists and renowned pedagogues from across the globe, the festival’s eclectic lineup represents the current state of the guitar in 2018, from newcomers to Grammy award winners.


“This kind of programming is only possible on guitar; the most popular and accessible musical instrument,” says Artistic Director Kevin Hernandez. “I think there will be something for everyone at this year’s festival, but I also hope that people will discover something new.”


The 2018 festival will host 17 different events including masterclasses, lectures, clinics, student performances, and workshops. While most events are free admission, 6 of the events will be ticketed concerts. For a full schedule, please


Grammy award winner, Kiko Loureiro of Megadeth will be at SDSU’s Rhapsody Hall on Sunday April 22nd for a lecture on music business, followed by a guitar clinic showcasing all styles of his guitar playing, during which the audience is encouraged to interact and ask questions.


Opening Night will take place at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park with Japan’s leading exponent of the classical guitar, Shin-Ichi Fukuda on Friday April 20th. This will be followed by a concert at the Schulman Auditorium in Carlsbad Library on Saturday April 21st, featuring an entirely different program for his second concert.


The Beijing Guitar Duo will also present their concert at the Schulman Auditorium in Carlsbad Library, on Saturday April 28th. Both Saturday night concerts are funded in part by the City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office.


This year’s youngest artist, Gohar Vardanyan, graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School, will make her San Diego debut at SDSU’s Rhapsody Hall at the School of Music and Dance on Friday, April 27th.


Grammy-nominated Richard Savino will close the festival, performing on two historical instruments: a 17th century baroque guitar, and a 19th century romantic guitar; in a mixture of solo performance and song accompaniment with Grammy-nominated soprano, Jennifer Ellis Kampani, performing songs from Spain and Italy on Sunday, April 29th at SDSU’s Rhapsody Hall.


The San Diego Guitar Festival promotes guitar artistry through educational opportunities and performances presented by world-class artists. Accessible to the community, the festival engages the next generation of guitarists and guitar enthusiasts in the Southern California region.



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Paul Spear, Publisher, and Editor of Dig Imperial Beach 

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