155 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013
What do you get when you cross an iconic venue that serves up a great brunch, electronic and classic guitars for auction, and legendary guitar players? One hint, it is not the monster mash, but you are close. Welcome to the guitar mash, an annual concert held nationwide and this time it landed in one of the biggest capitals worldwide, New York. There are many ways to spend a warm Sunday afternoon, for example: curing a killer hangover, running a marathon, or enjoying a wonderful musical experience as a tribute to those affected by the super storm Hurricane Sandy. Therefore, before losing your attention here is what you missed if you did not have the pleasure of attending the event. Imagine, if you will, a stage filled with guitarists such as Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan), Lenny Kaye who played with Patti Smith, and Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Here’s how it works: all guitar enthusiasts unite and play along with the chords and lyrics provided on the screen and then the fun escalates from there. Additionally, if you were not able to make it down to city winery, you also have the choice to log in from any social media forum and play along in the comfort of your own home. The event and entertainment magnifies as Kaki King impresses the crowd with her talented and eccentrically method of playing the instrument. And, for those who think it does not get any better, Tom Colicchio, an acclaimed and well respected restaurateur and one of the judges on the show Top Chef takes the stage with his instrument and plays a few tunes; who knew?
During the show, people mingled, guitars were auctioned and everyone involved had a blast. Honestly, I had to pinch myself because I thought it was a dream but this was the real thing. Snapping photos, cheering to the good life, and rubbing elbows with Sam Ash and Tom Colicchio and many others is an experience like no other and will forever remain a wonderful memory for many lifetimes. If this review tickles your feathers a bit and you wish to attend a similar musical experience, search for an upcoming event around your community, or feel free to start one yourself.
By: Laura M. Artis