Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Market Hall / April 20-22, 2012
The year was 1978 and Dallas guitar shop owner, Charley Wirz, had a vision — to establish a vintage guitar  expo similar to other popular collectors shows. That first event — the Greater Southwest Vintage Guitar Show — was only a modest success. However, Charley remained steadfast in his mission to promote and develop the event until his death in 1985.

In recent years, promoters Mark Pollock and Jimmy Wallace have partnered in carrying out Charley's vision of bringing guitar dealers, manufacturers, collectors, celebrities and music fans together for this annual event (currently known as the Dallas International Guitar Festival) that now attracts over 20,000 enthusiasts.

Honorary "Show Biz Guru" correspondent Bryan Dumas
with Teye Guitar rep Vanessa Nicole.
Touted as "the original guitar
Guitar Festival recently cele- 
brated its 35th anniversary.
Although I personally was
unable to attend the shindig,
my longtime friend, seasoned
music pro, Bryan Dumas did
make it. And since he still
owes me $25 from back in
high school, he "agreed" to
assume the responsibility of
serving as honorary  "Show
Biz  Guru" correspondent
and share some of his
 photos and observations.

The 2012 Warrior booth.

"Creativity and innovation is
alive and well," Bryan com-
mented during our phone
conversation immediately
following the show. And
among the estimated 20,000 attendees, he also noticed a
larger than usual number
of young people and female
enthusiasts at this year's
event. "They weren't
merely wives, girlfriends
or product spokes-models;
they were fans," he added.
One of Bryan's favorite hangouts was the Warrior Instruments booth. Creating custom, hand-crafted electric guitars and basses, the Georgia-based company's endorsees include legendary guitarist Rick Derringer and the Ft. Worth, Texas "outlaw southern rocker" Glitter Rose. 
The Warrior "Jesus guitar" presented Bryan
with one of two show-related "wow" moments.
Offering incredible, national and regional live music has been a longstanding Guitar Fest tradition.  Among Bryan's favorite 2012 performances were sets by blues singer and songwriter Carolyn Wonderland, Jonny Hiland, Eric Johnson's Hendrix tribute, The Bart Walker Band, Rick Derringer and the pre-teen combo, School of Rock.

Texas native, Carolyn Wonderland

Award-winning blues combo, The Bart Walker Band

Glitter Rose -- One girl, one guitar, one hot set.

Rick Derringer -- "Still Alive and Well!"

Bryan raved about the School of Rock performance.
Discovering the Teye Guitars booth
made for Bryan's other "wow" moment.
 Another one of Bryan's high
points of the weekend was
meeting Teye, the owner of
Austin, Texas' Teye Guitars
With a "total emphasis on
tone and feel," Teye creates
work so unique and amazing
that it prompted Bryan to
call me before he even re-
turned home to Shreveport,
Louisiana to rave. Due to
his overwhelming enthu-
siasm, I couldn't quite make
out exactly what he was try-
ing to convey other than
something about selling a
kidney in order to purchase
Teye's E Series La India Bass.

The orange Textone "Big Tex"
bass was one of Bryan's favorites.

Dan "Peaches" Carlson delighted the masses with his
unique guitar stylings during Saturday's festivities.

Honorary "Show Biz Guru" correspondent
Bryan Dumas with rock guitar legend
Rick Derringer.
General Observations:
  • Musicians smoke more than the average person.
  • Considering what you pay for admission, this is one of the best bargains in America.
  • For the most part, music people are awesome — if you can overlook the F-bombs.
  • The time-tested jeans and black T-shirt combo is still the acknowledged rock and roll uniform.
  • The Dallas Renaissance Hotel is awesome!

Thanks for sharing, Bryan — job well done!

*Bryan Dumas is the band director
at Word of Life Center located in
Shreveport, Louisiana.
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