Wall to Wall Guitar Festival Right in My Back Yard

Maybe you only saw it as a small blurb in Rolling Stone, but I competely missed this one come through my inbox. The Wall to Wall Guitar Festival in Urbana, IL will feature some of the best and brightest guitarists, artists dedicated to guitarists, whatever, it’s a guitar festival. But, seriously, I must have missed the fact that it was quite interesting and quite close to home.

DANIEL LANOIS, BILL FRISELL, KAKI KING and TAJ MAHAL will perform at the Wall to Wall Festival, taking place September 29th to October 2nd in Urbana, Illinois

RollingStone.com, 9.16.05

Read on for the full press release. My money would be on the Andy Summers art exhibit and all the sets mentioned above on Rolling Stone. Also, some of the festival has already begun, but plenty of stuff will continue on through the month of September. If anyone can make it out to some of these events, we’d love to have the review.


Here is the full press release from Madison House…

Saturday,August 20 – Friday, September 23

“Ask Eliot” Submit questions by email for a podcast interview with classical guitarist Eliot Fisk. Put “Ask Eliot” in the subject line of your email; include your name, city/state, and age [email protected]

Saturday, August 20

Make a shoebox guitar in Krannert Center’s booth at
Champaign Park District’s Downtown Festival of the Arts
12pm to 7pm
West Side Park
State and University, Champaign

Sunday, August 21

Make a shoebox guitar in Krannert Center’s booth at
Champaign Park District’s Downtown Festival of the Arts
12pm to 5pm
West Side Park
State and University, Champaign

Tuesday, August 23 – Sunday, October 2

Wall to Wall Photographs: Current Work by Andy Summers
Krannert Art Museum
500 Peabody Dr. Champaign
(Hours: 9am-5pm Tue-Sat, 9am-8pm Wed, 2pm-5pm, Sun, closed Mon)

Friday, September 23

Briggs/Houchin Duo (guitar/bass)
The Great Impasta
114 W Church St, Champaign
6 – 7:30pm

Monday, September 26

Jack Brighton interviews Tim Brookes
WILL-AM 580, “Focus 580”
10am

Wednesday, September 28

Jack Brighton interviews Banning Eyre
WILL-AM 580, “Focus 580”
10am

Thursday, September 29 – Sunday, October 2

* ALL FOUR DAYS OF THE FESTIVAL

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus
Mobile recording and video production studio
Tours and demonstrations
Located at Krannert Center’s main entrance on Goodwin Street
9am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm
http://www.jlsc.com/bus/index.php

Thursday, September 29

Rich Man, Poor Man: America’s Guitar in 20th-century Pop Culture
Performance, lecture, book signing by Tim Brooks
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 236 Harding Band Building
1103 S Sixth St, Champaign
2 – 4pm

The Traveling Blues
Taj Mahal, Mamadou Diabate, Rory Block
Tryon Festival Theatre
7:30pm

Afterglow
Jesse Harris and the Ferdinandos
Lobby
About 10pm

Friday, September 30

Jack Brighton interviews Cindy Cashdollar
WILL-AM 580, “Focus 580”
11am

Interval
John Hasbrouck and Eric Lugosch
Lobby
12 noon

Gary O’Brien interviews Tim Brookes
WDWS AM 1400, “Gary O’Brein and Friends”
3pm

Vintage Instrument Display
Techline
24 E Green St, Champaign
3pm – 7pm

Traffic Jam
Dyke and Chrissy Corson and friends
Lobby
5pm

Guitar Around the Globe
Simon Shaheen, Sergio and Odair Assad, Abdoulaye Diabate and Banning Eyre, Vinicius Cantuária
Foellinger Great Hall
7pm

Masters of the Slide Guitar
David Tronzo, Daniel Lanois, and Cindy Cashdollar with Redd Volkaert
Tryon Festival Theatre
10pm

Saturday, October 1

Vintage Instrument Display
Techline
24 E Green St, Champaign
10am – 5pm

A Family Jam
Dan Zanes and Friends
Tryon Festival Theatre
10:30am

Garage Band and Logic software workshops
Presented by Apple
Foellinger Great Hall
11am, 2pm, 4:30pm

Celebrating Six-String Jazz
Bill Frisell
Tryon Festival Theatre
3pm

Celebrating Six-String Jazz
Pat Metheny Trio
With Christian McBride and Antonio Sánchez
And special aded guest artist David Sánchez
Tryon Festival Theatre
8pm

Demonstration and Conversation
Tim Brookes
Verde Gallery
17 Taylor, Champaign
8:30pm

Afterglow: Giorgio
Daniel Lanois and Brian Blade
Lobby
About 10pm

Sunday, October 2

Guitar Workshop
Redd Volkaert and Cindy Cashdollar
Corson Music
202 W Main, Urbana
Free, 75 – person capacity

Prelude discussion: Spanish Accents
Tim Brookes, host
Krannert Room
2pm

Spanish Accents
Hopkinson Smith, Eliot Fisk, Juan Martín
Foellinger Great Hall
3pm

Gallery Talk
Andy Summers
Krannert Art Museum
500 Peabody Dr, Champaign
5pm

Blurring the Boundaries
Kaki King, Andy Summers, Vernon Reid
Tryon Festival Theatre
7:30pm

Wall to Wall Wrap-up
David Tronzo and Sex Mob
Lobby
About 10pm