Q. What’s greater than witnessing a legendary guitar player shred through a blistering solo?
A. Witnessing an air guitar virtuoso pretend to shred through that same blistering solo.
While an entire night of air guitar sounds totally ridiculous, there’s a reason why these events have grown so much in popularity in recent years, even inspiring a documentary. That reason is because it is so ridiculous. The stage names, the outfits, the Van Halen-esque finger-tapping solos—every aspect of an Air Guitar event is over-the-top and incredibly entertaining.
New Yorkers will have their chance to see some of these masters of air on Wednesday night when the Music Hall of Williamsburg hosts the US Air Guitar Championships: Brooklyn Regionals.Tickets are still available.
Regional winners will go to compete in the US finals August 8th in San Francisco. The US air guitar champion will receive a free trip to the World Championships in Oulu, Finland. Yeah, it’s that big. It’s too late for New Yorkers to enter for this year’s competition, but US Air Guitar looks like it’s gonna be around for many years to follow, so keep checking usairguitar.com for info on registering for next year’s event.