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Update on Fingerstyle Events and Fall Concert Series Leaked!


Dear Friends of MFGS

We are hoping that you are enjoying the nice weather that finally came our way. We have included a few new events in this newsletter, some of which we sponsor and some we promote for our friends. 

First off; Italy's Stefano Barone is heading up to Blissfest 2019 to hang with the likes of Martin Sexton, Canned Heat and Winfield winner, Christie Lenée  

Barone brings with him his own accolades as he and his Guitar Republic bandmates Pino Forastiere and Sergio Altamura supplied music for the 2018 Pulitizer Prize winning film 'The Wall' Directed by Detroit's own, and the Freeps Brian Kaufman and produced by Kathy Kisielewski.  It's available on Amazon

Stefano will be performing 2 free events in the Metro Detroit Area.

On Friday July 19th he will be at the DIA's Friday Night Live Series in the Diego Rivera Court with performances at 7pm and 8:30.  The DIA has a great dining area and you can peruse the amazing art before the performance and during intermission.  Bring your friends and enjoy an amazing night of visual and auditory art!

On Saturday July 20th Stefano, along with the young and upcoming Alberto 'Bear' Whitmer will be performing at Bayberry Music in Ferndale. Bayberry is located at 23430 Woodward in Ferndale. 248-439-0700.  Bayberry's Luthier Andrew Pursell and Shop manager Joel VanderLinde will be on hand to show the store and repair/construction facilities. 

Alberto Whitmer will be competing in the Indiana Guitar Competition so you can get a preview of his chops as he will perform a few pieces before Stefano performs. Whitmer is currently enrolled in the world renowned  Fingerstyle College at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee under the tutelage of the one and only John Stropes!  Here is Alberto performing one of Michael Hedges pieces

We will provide food and beverages so please stop on by! 

 Because space is limited !!! Please !!!

you must either call 248-953-6223 to hold a spot or connect with the post on Facebook!!!

Donations for food an music are greatly appreciated! 

All monies go to MFGS which is a 501 3 c non profit organization!



Phil Keaggy @ Trinity House Theatre for 2 Performances

Thursday July 18th and Friday July 19th! 

This is your chance to see one of the legends of the guitar world.

Tickets available 


Trinity House Theatre


Hiroya Tsukamoto w/ Emilie Rivard

 Saturday July 27, 2019

In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He formed his own group in Boston INTEROCEANICO (inter-oceanic) which consists of unique musicians from different continents including Latin Grammy Colombian singer Marta Gomez. The group released three acclaimed records (The Other Side of the World, Confluencia and Where the River Shines). Hiroya has released three solo albums (Solo, Heartland and Places).


Here is something at a sister venue

The Crowfoot in Pontiac

Monday, August 5, 2019 @ 7:00pm @ The Pike Room     

Candyrat Record Artists

Kindo & Adrian Bellue

along with Sirintip and Wakeview. 

Here is Adrian performing 'Rainfall'

$12 bucks.........c'mon now!


     So before we get to the list of summer guitar festivals and competitions we wanted to give  you a random video from the Montreal Guitar Trio!  If they ever come this way we will try to grab them. 


'Garam Masala'


There's still time to

 participate in the following

MFGS Friends Andrew York & Alex DeGrassi

Will be guest artists at the

Interlochen  Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop 2019

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 to Saturday, July 27, 2019




July 26th & 27th 

Indiana Guitar Festival 2019 & Competition



The Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival !!

 & Competition 2019

The international guitar community of Fretmonkey and world-renowned fingerstyle guitar record label CandyRat Records have joined forces to host a monumental fingerstyle guitar event celebrating all genres of fingerstyle guitar! 

September 13th - 17th

Morrilton, Arkansas.

Camp Mitchell located on the bluff of Petit Jean Mountain

in Morrilton, Arkansas.



Walnut Valley Festival and Competition

is in September 18th through the 22nd




Don't forget to check out the latest JULY/AUGUST Edition  of Minor 7th!

Reviewing the best in non-mainstream acoustic guitar music

Spencer Elliot - Laurence Juber 

and Michigan's own

(and great friend of MFGS)

William Henry Russell  'Outside The Box'



they have a great archive of podcasts for your listening pleasure way back to 2006!






Some new video's from our friends at

Candyrat Records





Don't forget our friends at Bayberry Music in Ferndale for violins, guitars, strings and repairs




Also our northern friends at Strings By Mail




 We're sure you've thought of building your own acoustic guitar .....right?

or you will think of it while reading this!  It feels like you’d be light years from being able to do that!

Now with the help of a long time local luthier

Gary Zimnicki  

teaming up with the folks at the Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute in Adrian Michigan



We wouldn't be where we are without Trinity House Theatre

or 20 Front Street

Please help MFGS get the word out about our concerts.

(Without you we wouldn't be here (and neither would the artists!!))


Oh yeah!!!  our Fall Concerts!  Just checking to see if you read all of this so SAVE THE DATES!!

Antoine Dufour September 20th & 21st

Calum Graham October 25th & 26th

Gareth Pearson November 15th & 16th


The Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society is a 501 (3) (c) non-profit organization promoting  the art of Contemporary Acoustic Guitar through workshops and performances since 2001  


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Alumni Artists  


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