Gretsch Announce 130th Anniversary Tour -
This year marks Gretsch's 130th anniversary, and the company is
going all-out to celebrate this historic milestone. Special
promotional events in cities across the US and Canada will showcase
Gretsch guitars and drums, with concert performances by top Gretsch
artists. A special element of these events will be The Fred &
Dinah Gretsch 130th Anniversary Tour. Representing the fourth
generation of the Gretsch Family, Fred will be on hand to
personally greet Gretsch fans, sign autographs, and relate the
fascinating history of the business that was founded by his
great-grandfather, Friedrich Gretsch, in 1883.
At several of the events Fred will be joined by his wife Dinah.
A notable industry figure in her own right, Dinah is the founder of
the Mrs. G's Music Foundation, a charitable organization that
supports music education in rural schools.
"Dinah and I are really looking forward to this tour,"
says Fred Gretsch. "Among the things we love
most in the world are traveling, meeting folks who appreciate
Gretsch drums and guitars, and enjoying the performances of great
Gretsch musical artists. And it's a special joy for me to have the
opportunity to share anecdotes and stories about my family's
130-year history in the music business. So I want to personally
invite one and all to come and enjoy these great Gretsch
The Fred & Dinah 130th Anniversary Tour will start in late
June, with stops at StreetSounds NYC (Brooklyn, June 15), The
Sweetwater Gearfest (Fort Wayne, IN, June 22), and Bizarre Guitar
(Reno, NV, June 29). Then it's on to the Chet Atkins Appreciation
Society convention (Nashville, TN, July 10-13), Sam Ash Music
(Hollywood, CA, July 20), Rudy's Music & Steve Maxwell Drums
(New York, NY, August 3), Guitar Center (Chicago, IL, August 15),
and Class Axe Guitars (Kemptville, ON, Canada, October 12).
Artists scheduled to appear at these events include The
Romantics, the Michelle Marie Trio, Jet Weston & his Atomic
Ranch Hands, Foxy Studs, Fountains of Wayne, the Joe Robinson Trio,
Rosie Flores & The Rivetors, Mister Barrington (featuring
drummer Zach Danziger), The Octanes, Steve Ferrone, Paul Pigat
& Cousin Harley, and the Kimberly Thompson Quartet (featuring
Beyonce drummer Kim Thompson).
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