Posts Tagged ‘guitar’

Rev Theory adds a local to its lineup (for now)

October 8, 2009

JacobYou won’t see it on the band’s website, but Rev Theory, who has played Springfield a time or two, recently made a temporary change to its rhythm guitar player. The new guy: Jacob Showalter, best known in The Springfield Scene as guitarist for Playing With Matches. Showalter worked for a time as a bartender at downtown karaoke bar (and periodic live music spot) Bugsy Malone’s and still keeps in contact with the staff there, and the news was posted to the Bugsy’s events blog. It’s not a long-term move from the sound of it, but it opens up possibilities for the future. It has happened before, after all. We’ll let you know more as we find out.

Pay It Forward: Springfield Scene now has a “community” guitar

July 16, 2009

It’s not often a story of a crime committed comes with a happy ending, but that’s exactly what we have in the case of Jacob “Toad” Wyrick and his stolen instruments. You might recall from a previous post how Wyrick, guitarist for The Cropdusters and the frontman for The Detectives, lost two guitars and a keyboard when his van was broken into in his driveway one night a little more than a month ago. The call came from Wyrick last night that all of the gear was recovered and fine, but that’s only the beginning of this feel-good story. You’ll have to click the link below to get the rest.

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More shredding than a cover-up scheme coming to Springfield Music

May 4, 2009

mab_flyerRecognized (and voted-for) by guitar magazines and their readers as one of the greatest metal-guitar players to ever walk the Earth, Michael Angelo Batio is something of a phenomenon unto himself. Not sure who we’re talking about? Watch this video.┬áNow the man who pioneered the over-under technique in guitar playing (has anyone seriously attempted it since?) brings his extraordinary fret-playing skills to Springfield Music for a clinic on guitar playing this Thursday (May 7) at 7 p.m. Best of all, entrance is absolutely FREE. Who better to teach you how to devour a good metal riff than the ex-Nitro axeman who taught himself how to be ambidextrous so he could play two guitars at once?! Expect a full room for this event, though; since it’s first-come, first-served, you’ll want to be there early.

UPDATED: The “green” in “green room” is NOT for envy

December 14, 2008

***UPDATE: John Paul’s guitar was found at Gold Digger Pawn on West Kearney Street earlier today. For musicians reading this, take note: It is EXTREMELY important to report stolen equipment to the police immediately, as police reports are faxed to every pawn shop in the city.***

Add this to the list of stupid things that happen at shows and shouldn’t: John Paul Chapman’s Taylor guitar (the acoustic he played onstage during the show) was stolen from the green room at the Outland Ballroom Friday night following Greene Coast’s CD release party. If anyone has any leads as to the guitar’s whereabouts, please contact the band here or here with information.

We post this not so much as a service–we want to help, naturally, but posting every stolen-equipment event would get out of hand–but to point out the prevalence and absurdity of the problem.

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