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Fretboard Summit - August 25-27, 2022

Fretboard Summit - August 25-27, 2022

Old Town School of Folk Music and the Fretboard Journal magazine are excited to announce the first-ever Fretboard Summit at Old Town School from August 25th-27th at Old Town School’s beautiful campus in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.

The Fretboard Summit is equal parts conference, music festival, lutherie showcase, and guitar camp. It’s also the only place on Earth where you can meet some of the legendary figures featured in the Fretboard Journal magazine under one roof.

The Fretboard Summit is back at its new home, Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music.

Over the course of three unforgettable days, the Old Town School will be transformed into a guitar lover’s paradise: Guitar fanatics can meet their heroes up-close, attend music workshops and clinics, play rare and priceless new and old instruments (acoustic and electric), try their hand at lutherie, and witness world-class concerts. There will also be a handmade guitar showcase, after parties, live podcast tapings, panel discussions, and surprises. Whether you love new or vintage instruments, we have you covered.

The Summit - the brainchild of the Fretboard Journal magazine - is a guitar gathering unlike any other. For three days, guitar fanatics can meet their heroes up-close (both players and builders), attend music workshops and clinics, and sit in on world-class concerts. Basically, we're bringing the pages of the Fretboard Journal to life.

Needless to say, we've packed a lot into one weekend. As with our first two Summits, each attendee is also entered to win the custom Santa Cruz Guitar Co. guitar of their dreams.

This is an immersive show for guitar fanatics and space is extremely limited. Buy your ticket and secure your spot to this one-of-a-kind experience in Chicago. If you live and breathe guitars, you'll want to attend.

— Jason Verlinde, Publisher Fretboard Journal / The Truth About Vintage Amps podcast

Three-day All Access Passes are now on sale. Limited to just 300 attendees. Secure your spot to this one-of-a-kind experience in Chicago.

What's Included

Just announced: featured performances from The Milk Carton Kids and Molly Tuttle

Your All Access pass includes:

  • The entire Summit experience: Lectures, secret parties, pop-up museums, and hands-on demonstrations.
  • Priority access to luthier showcases.
  • Admission to each evening’s featured concerts.
  • Artist workshops by renowned musicians.

The event will feature two concerts on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in Old Town School's two world-class concert venues.

More programming details to follow, including a vintage instrument showcase, lectures & podcast recordings, pop-up performances across Chicago and more. Full details available this Spring.

Confirmed Concerts, Events, & Speakers:

The event will feature concerts on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights in Old Town School's two world-class concert venues along with a farewell event on Sunday morning.

Milk Carton Kids
Molly Tuttle

TJ Thompson, Ken Parker, Tom Ribbecke, Steve McCreary (Collings Guitars), Dick Boak, Michael Gurian, Richard Hoover (Santa Cruz Guitar Co.), Creston Lea, Mark Stutman (Folkway Music), Bryan Galloup, Josh Scott (JHS Pedals), Duncan Price, and many more.

New for 2022:

On-site handmade guitar show featuring 50 acoustic and electric builders showcasing their latest creations, including Bryan Galloup, Ervin Somogyi, Dick Boak, Grez Guitars, Maegen Wells, and numerous others.

Full programming schedule coming soon, including a vintage instrument showcase, lectures & podcast recordings, pop-up performances across Chicago and more.

Getting Here & Accommodations

Chicago heats up in the summertime and is THE place to be for everything a world-class city has to offer.

Accommodations

Limited accommodations are available at our hotel partner, Hotel Zachary. Experience true Chicago neighborhood style in a boutique hotel in the heart of the iconic Wrigleyville Neighborhood.

A special rate is available for Fretboard Summit attendees.

More info

Getting Here

Old Town School of Folk Music is hosting the Fretboard Summit at the Lincoln Square campus on Chicago's northside, just 9 miles north of downtown. Old Town School of Folk Music is located at 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625.

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Located just 4 blocks from "The L" Brown Line - Western stop. Easily accessible via bus and rideshare from anywhere you may be staying in the Chicagoland area.

Public parking is available throughout the neighborhood.

More about Lincoln Square:

In a city well-known for diversity, Lincoln Square stands out as an especially vibrant cultural crossroads. This European-style neighborhood is host to many one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, and cafés that reflect the neighborhood’s wide appeal as an unforgettable place to shop, eat, drink, and visit.

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