Newport Guitar Festival August 2004

The Details

The Newport Guitar Festival will be held on August 6, 7, and 8, 2004 at the Hyatt Regency and Conference Center in Newport, Rhode Island. This major event draws together the major innovators in guitar and mandolin construction in this hemisphere and beyond.

  • For the three-day period, much of it coinciding with the nearby Newport Folk Festival, guitar builders will exhibit their wares. Under one roof, you'll see and hear the current state of the art of guitar and mandolin construction, and have access to the people who create these marvelous instruments.

  • In addition to meeting with the builders and experiencing their art, we offer a series of mini-concerts that feature a builder and player together, demonstrating their combined craft. What better way to see and hear an instrument's potential?

  • Player Workshops will feature some of the world's best guitar players in a classroom setting, showing you how they make their music.

See our accommodations page for information about places to stay in Newport, RI.

Admission and Tickets

Admission to the exhibit area is as follows:

Ticket prices
One Day Pass $12.00
Two Day Pass $20.00
All Three Days $28.00

Admission to each Player Workshop is $35.00. Player workshops are limited to 25 participants.

Tickets to the Festival and Workshops can be purchased from The Music Emporium, one of our generous sponsors.

Festival Hours

Exhibition Area: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Workshops and Mini-concerts: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Visiting Guitars!

For security reasons, we cannot allow guitars, other than those of our exhibiting builders, to be carried around or out of their cases at the festival. All visiting guitars MUST be checked in. They will be held in a secure room until you're ready to leave the show.

If you're bringing a guitar for a workshop, obviously we'll simply hold your instrument before and after your class. This security rule will be enforced by some humorless, broad shouldered men. Bootleggers/party crashers/builders not in the show will not be allowed to show their instuments on the hotel grounds. Refer back to those broad shouldered security men. Thanks for not testing our resolve on this point.

Fine Print

Please note that the Newport Guitar Festival is not affiliated with any provider of food or lodging. Arrangements for food and lodging must be made between you and the provider. Neither the Newport Guitar Festival nor its sponsors assume any liability for services not rendered, agreements not held, or for any losses encountered at any eating or lodging establishment.

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