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Reverend Horton Heat Coming to Chicago Music Exchange

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The Reverend Horton Heat have been a favorite in the rockabilly scene for decades and continue to be one of the hardest touring rock bands out there.

On Tuesday, Aug. 20, he’ll be playing a show at Reggie’s in Chicago at 8:30 p.m., but before that, the Reverend will stop by Chicago Music Exchange for a meet and greet and brief live performance from 2-4 p.m.

In addition, there will be a Gretsch guitar giveaway.  For more information, click here.

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Fred & Dinah Gretsch Celebrate Wedding Anniversary and 130th Gretsch Anniversary

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Several Gretsch fans, friends, family members and business associates converged on Randy Wood’s Pickin’ Parlor in Bloomingdale, Ga., earlier this month to celebrate the company’s 130th anniversary.

But the March 4 party was also celebrating the wedding anniversary of Fred and Dinah Gretsch, marking a truly joyous event.

A few artists were on hand, as well.

The husband-and-wife team of Richard Smith and Julie Adams got the musical festivities started, with Smith showing off his fingerpicking prowess as Adams accompanied him on the cello.

Joe Robinson was up next, and his set with bassist Marcelo Bakos and drummer Tito Pascoali offered a diverse offering of original music highlighting the Australian-born phenom’s guitar heroics.

After a brief break Robinson and Smith teamed up for an impromptu jam session, as the musicians took turns taking the lead on their Gretsch guitars.  A finale of the Chet Atkins instrumental was certainly a crowd favorite.

To view a photo album of the event, click here, and watch Fred Gretsch address the audience in the videos below, in addition to performance footage of Robinson and Smith.

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Celebrate Gretsch’s 130 Years with Twang-O-Rama Concert

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Celebrate Gretsch’s 130 years with the Twang-O-Rama concert event at the Tempe Guitar Show.  It all takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Antique Electronics.

The party will feature several select bands and performing members of the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society until 3 p.m.

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The Airborne Toxic Event Take SXSW by Storm

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With an opening gig at Thursday’s Waterloo Records SXSW Day Party, Los Angeles’ the Airborne Toxic Event delivered in spades.

They didn’t have much time in the abbreviated time slot that the South by Southwest music festival typically allows, but the indie rockers fit a lot into their set.

At one point, the energy was so high that singer Mikel Jollett even climbed to the top of the scaffolding to deliver the anthemic “Does This Mean You’re Moving On?” off their self-titled debut. (more…)

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Fifth-Annual Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion Festival is a Hit

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With a backdrop of crystal blue waters, beautiful blue skies and mid-70s temperatures, the Fifth-Annual Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion festival drew 11,000-plus attendees from Feb. 15-17. If you appreciate hotrod cars, pinup girl contests and twanging Gretsch guitars, Lake Havasu State Park (Arizona) was indeed the place to be. (more…)

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