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The Wall To Wall Guitar Festival, Take Two, September 13-15, 2007, Urbana, Illinois, USA

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1 June 2007 — The return of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ biennial Wall to Wall Guitar Festival erupts September 13-15, 2007. This three-day festival rejoices in all things guitar in a nearly-round-the-clock celebration and exploration of an instrument that holds an essential place in almost every musical tradition around the globe. The Wall to Wall Guitar Festival, Take Two, boasts over 30 diverse musicians, from as close as Krannert’s Central Illinois backdoor all the way to the deep south, Hawaii, and beyond. International artists taking part call places like India, Scotland, Spain, France, and Iraq home, but for three days this fall, they’ll all reside in this teeming guitar bazaar filled with uncommon collaborations, unbelievable legends, and undeniable energy.

Building upon the intense momentum of the 2005 inaugural festival, Wall to Wall, Take Two, promises an even greater breadth of genres, variety of activities, and capacity for unexpected moments. There will be nine mainstage concerts (most with multiple billings), six free performances in the Krannert Center lobby, the return of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, GarageBand workshops presented by Apple Computer, guitar workshops at local music stores, Guitar Hero competitions (including a VIP competition on opening night), exhibits at Techline and the Center for American Music, a Krannert Center Youth Series performance, and numerous opportunities to dive into the instrument through commentaries, discussions, and interactive workshops—all assembled by Krannert Center’s director Mike Ross and his staff, in collaboration with the festival’s artistic advisor, David Spelman. Spelman, the founder/director of the New York Guitar Festival. Spelman, who will also help launch the Adelaide International Guitar Festival in South Australia this year, says he vividly remembers the “impromptu collaborations” that evolved in the 2005 festival, and expects “Wall to Wall, Take Two, to be even more exciting and full of surprises.”

The 2007 featured players include an all-star opening night line-up of Toubab Krewe, Sonny Landreth with Cindy Cashdollar (a 2005 participant), Campbell Brothers, The Yohimbe Brothers (with returnee Vernon Reid), Bob Brozman, and Led Kaapana. They are joined for this three-day immersion by Rahim AlHaj, Pierre Bensusan, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Tim Brookes, Shawn Colvin, The Delta Kings, Ed Gerhard, Alex de Grassi, Buddy Guy, Fareed Haque, Goran Ivanovic, Jorma Kaukonen, Kaki King (another W2W alum), Los Lobos, Harry Manx, John McLaughlin, Tony McManus, North Mississippi Allstars, Paul O’Dette, The Romeros, composer Phil Kline, Dan Zanes (also a second-timer), and Natalia Zukerman.

Partners like Apple Computer and iTunes will bring the festival even closer through podcasted interviews with artists, special festival downloads, and opportunities to listen to music and readings from Wall to Wall musicians. Regular updates will be posted on the website. Single tickets and festival passes are on sale June 29 at 10am. Festival passes include all nine mainstage events; passes must be purchased by July 20 for priority seating. Festival pass prices range from $103 for students to $216 for standard admission.
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