2nd Annual Winters Guitarfest
June 29-30, 2018.

Guitar Show, Concerts, Workshops

Two Days Of Exquisite Acoustic Guitars

The second annual Winters Guitarfest, which as the name implies celebrates the variety, beauty, durability, and sounds of the acoustic guitar, will be held in Winters on June 29-30,2018.  

Hosted by ARC Guitar with the Sacramento Guitar Society and sponsored by local businesses, the festival will feature over a dozen luthiers -- builders of artistically crafted guitars and other fine stringed acoustic instruments, including mandolins, ukuleles and more.  Displayed by their makers, all of these instruments will be offered for sale.

For the Schedule of Events including workshops,  concerts, and performers

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Meet the Builders


Play Any Acoustic Guitar

The  2nd Annual Guitar Festival in Winters CA is named among the 2018 music festivals that will take place in northern California this year. The festival will take place at several locations in the charming Winters downtown. 

The Palms Playhouse is the main showcases where the luthiers will display their beautifully crafted instruments. Workshops and other events will take place at several other business locations nearby, including Turkovich Family Wines, ARC Guitar, and Berryessa Gap Tasting Room.

Sacramento Guitar Society

We are delighted to have the Sacramento Guitar Society standing with us this Year. The Sacramento Guitar Society (SGS) is a non-profit educational and service organization that has existed in one form or another since at least 1961. Now Sacramento boasts one of the more active and successful guitar societies in the country, with "unbelievably good" international touring artists appearing in an ideal listening environment - the Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College and now at the Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts in Sacramento.

The mission of the Sacramento Guitar Society is to promote, share, and celebrate the art of the guitar and its music by providing education and performance opportunities to people of diverse cultures, ages, abilities, and economic means. The Society operates to raise awareness and celebrate the richness and diversity of the guitar and its music through monthly meetings, concerts and workshops, special presentations, community outreach and community service.

The Venue

The Historic Palms

The second annual Winters Guitarfest will be held at the historic Palms in Winters, CA. There are several restaurants within a block of the venue, as well as food and beverage vendors. 


Hosted by ARC Guitar

ARC Guitar is delighted to host the second annual Winters Guitarfest. We are in our 10th year as a full-service guitar repair shop and luthier school. Student number #76 recently began work on his jumbo acoustic guitar.

Artists performing at the Guitarfest


Mark Hanson

Mark Hanson is a well known performer, author, and instructor in the acoustic guitar field. He has authored over two dozen guitar books and DVDs on a variety of topics. Mark has released ten solo and group recordings, one of which – Solid Air Records’ “Henry Mancini Pink Guitar” – won a Grammy for best pop instrumental album in 2005.

Greta Pedersen   

Greta Pederson is a recipient of Young Audiences’ 2009 National Artist of the Year – founded Accent On Music, LLC in 1985. Together, she and her husband Mark have published dozens of Mark’s titles, performed worldwide, and played and sang for the President of the United States in San Francisco in 2009.

Teja Gerken

Teja Gerken is a San Francisco Bay Area-based fingerstyle guitarist, author, and  co-founder of the roots music instruction website Peghead Nation 

Teja is a regular at guitar festivals, he has toured internationally, and his two CDs have received critical acclaim. Today, Teja is no stranger to those familiar with contemporary steel-string fingerstyle guitar. Weaving together influences of folk, jazz, classical, and world music into a style that is uniquely his own, Teja’s playing reflects his diverse musical interests. While many of his composition employ alternate tunings, two-handed tapping, percussive effects, and other extended guitar techniques, others simply rely on his keen sense of melody and movement. Within this framework, Teja has created a repertoire that appeals to fellow guitarists as well as to listening audiences, and while original material is his main focus, he can also be found playing Irish traditionals, the occasional jazz standard, or improvising on themes by classical composer

Doug Young 

Doug Young is a fingerstyle instrumental guitarist based in the San Francisco South Bay area. He is the winner of the 2011 International Acoustic Music Awards in the instrumental category. Doug has released two CDs, Laurel Mill, and Closing Time which feature his solo guitar playing, compositions and arrangements. Mel Bay has published his best-selling instructional book: Understanding DADGAD: For Fingerstyle Guitar as well as Fiddle Tunes in DADGAD. He is a Contributing Editor for Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and has also been published in Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine. In his role at Acoustic Guitar, Doug has written numerous instructional articles, gear reviews, and interviewed many of today's top guitarists including Tommy Emmanuel, Sergio Assad, Andy McKee, Laurence Juber and Pierre Bensusan.rdon Rowland is a classical guitarist from Marin county and friend if the Sacramento Guitar Society. 

Mark Taylor 

Classical and Flamenco guitarist Mark Taylor is an international recording artist, performer and teacher. His combined experience in classical and flamenco music makes him a strong and dynamic interpreter of the classical repertoire with an approach to flamenco that is rhythmically vibrant, passionate and true to the essence of the many styles he performs.

Gordon Rowland

Godon Rowland is a concert master of classical, flamenco, and jazz guitar. He is a professor, composer, studio musician, transcriber, teacher, and author. His music is “lovely, flowing and filling.”

Workshops and Concerts


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