From press release
“Handmade Music,” the Second Annual Midwest Handmade Musical Instrument Exhibition, will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 1, at JustGoods Fair Trade Store, 201 Seventh St., Rockford. Admission is free and open to the public.
The one-day exhibit will feature handmade musical instruments from 15 area artisans.
Acoustic and electric guitars, lutes, violins, drums and other unique handmade instruments will be on display and be demonstrated by the artisans who create them. Many instruments will be for sale from a few dollars to several thousand dollars, and attendees will be encouraged to play the instruments.
The event is the only one of its kind in the area, and will feature the hidden talents of the local community and their ability to take simple materials and create splendid musical instruments completely by hand. As an educational event, there will be much to learn about how instruments are made. Instruments will be represented from renaissance to electronic, simple to elegant, amateur to professional at this locally-organized free event.
The band Tektoniks, a world music trio with a techno groove, will play and be accompanied by the instrument makers, who will give short presentations of their creations.
Contact Jim Worland of Worland Guitars at (815) 961-8854 or visit WorlandGuitars.com for more info.
From the April 28-May 4, 2010 issue