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Gretsch Guitars at Labor Day Weekend D.C. Beatles Festival


Gretsch Guitars will be at the “Abbey Road on the River” festival in the Washington, D.C. area as Beatlemania invades the nation’s capital once again over the 2010 Labor Day weekend.

The event’s promoters bill it as “the world’s largest Beatles-inspired music festival.” Abbey Road on the River takes place from Thursday, Sept. 2 to Sunday, Sept. 5 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center hotel in National Harbor, Md. Gretsch is co-sponsoring the event.

Abbey Road on the River will feature a near-constant lineup of bands, guest speakers, films, contests and other special events, all of which is staged to celebrate the still-thriving legacy of the Beatles.

At the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, the Gretsch Guitars booth will be open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. starting Friday, Sept. 3, with Gretsch girl Kim Falcon on hand for photos and to sign autographs. From 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4 to 1 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 5, Gretsch Guitars presents Hal Bruce and the Hard Dazed Knights in concert, playing 214 Beatles songs as a single continuous medley with no breaks or intermission.

From 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 5, festival-going Gretsch enthusiasts can enjoy a personal appearance by Fred Gretsch III and Gretsch product specialist Joe Carducci. They’ll present the Gretsch Guitars Experience, sharing behind-the-scenes stories about Gretsch history—which includes the Beatles—and a multimedia presentation of the sights and sounds of Gretsch.

Abbey Road on the River takes place twice annually; in Louisville, Ky., over Memorial Day weekend and in National Harbor, Md. (Washington, D.C.) over Labor Day weekend. Attracting more than 30,000 fans of all ages per event, Abbey Road on the River is the largest Beatles festival in the United States, founded in Cleveland in 2002 and held at its present locations since 2005.

For more details on the event, click here now.

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Katy Perry Shines on Letterman


California Gurl Katy Perry performed her new album title track and latest single, “Teenage Dream,” last night on Late Show with David Letterman. It’s easy to lose one’s luster when standing next to this sensational pop-rock star, but Perry’s guitarists held their own thanks to their gorgeous Gretsch guitars.

Letterman also interviewed Perry, discussing her engagement with Russell Brand, how she went from singing gospel music to showing “side boob” in her recent photo shoot with Rolling Stone and what her minister parents think of it all.

Watch the complete interview here.

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Nick Wiggins Wears His Gretsch Bass


Aiden and Me Vs Myself bassist Nick Wiggins is so pleased with his new G6119B Broadkaster Bass that he decided to wear it, and nothing else.

In actuality, Wiggins explained via email to our Gretsch artist relations rep that he was “in the woods at the studio this summer when he lost his mind.”

Taking this short jaybird walk helped clear his mind and all is now well in Wiggins’ world as he continues recording new material.

In the meantime, check out Aiden’s most recent release, 2010 live album From Hell…With Love. Also, watch Me Vs. Myself’s debut music video for “Promising.”

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Rockabilly Rules II at Arizona’s Rhythm Room


Any Arizonans or those visiting the Grand Canyon State in August who are reading this right now, please mark your calendars for a special afternoon of rockabilly. (That is, if you like LIVE rockabilly music, hotrod cars, pinup gals, burlesque performers AND you’re over the age of 21!)

On Sat., Aug 21, the Rhythm Room will host Rockabilly Rules II, an event proudly presented by Gretsch and the Pinup Angels, a non-profit organization that helps spread good cheer to our military troops overseas.

Four of Arizona’s most rebellious, raucous, rockabilly bands — Voodoo Swing, Rooster Coup DeVille, Moonlight Howler and the Heymakers — will be rockin’ the house. Heightening the spirit between band sets will be voluptuous burlesque performers, Lolita Haze, Mellissa Moxie, Mercy Beaucoup and Kara DaFleur.

There will also be a pre-1965 car show, barbeque, prizes and giveaways.

To help support the Pinup Angels’ efforts for our military troops, an $8.00 donation per person will get you in the door.

The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85014

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Soundgarden is Back!


Chris Cornell with his G6128T Duo Jet at Lollapalooza!
Check out more photos from the Soundgarden set at the Lollapalooza Fest photostream!

Reunited grunge godfathers Soundgarden played to their largest audience since their breakup 13 years ago with Sunday night’s headlining set at Lollapalooza, which also drew its biggest audience ever with more than 240,000 attendees.

Soundgarden lived up to their hype with a set list that included several classics from the ‘90s, such as “Black Hole Sun” and “Rusty Cage.”

“Soundgarden exceeded expectations with a tight, nostalgia-bound set that echoed 1992,” says the Chicago Tribune. “Singer Chris Cornell’s long mane returned, his voice sounded tremendous and the band’s sludge rhythms thundered with menace.”

Soundgarden will release a career-retrospective, Telephantasm, on Sept. 28. Its only unreleased track, “Black Rain,” is expected to hit the radio waves on Aug. 10.

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