Back in 2014 we saw a very young and very talented Michael Hermes play the first Guitars Under The Stars Festival doing Steve Vai Covers to backing tracks. Boy, were we blown away! Such control for a young player, it was truly inspiring! Since then Michael as actually played live with Steve Vai himself as well as other notable Guitar masters such as Guthrie Govan. Fast forward 4 years and young Michael is now a young man…..now 18 Michael returns with original material and a will to carve out space of his own in the Guitar world.
The Friday Show continues with The Raymond Digorgio Band. RDG as they are known provide a familiar yet unique brand of instrumental rock. Hailing out of Chicago IL by way they currently reside in San Diego California. RDG is excited to be performing this year and we are sure they will bring the energy to prove it!
Next up on the Friday night roster is The NW Powerhouse Rock band Black Powder County. The straight forward No BS brand of Rock and Roll this band provides will make you say, “HECK YEAH, BROTHER!!!” Black Powder County has graced the stage of some pretty big shows including a main stage performance at the Rockin The Rivers Festival in Montana.
The evening blasts into high Gear next as Guitar Legend Gary Hoey makes his much anticipated return to Guitars Under The Stars. Everyone who was here in year one remembers his high octane brand of Blues/Rock and that legendary performance with Lita Ford! Gary will be bringing the heat on Friday, it won’t be the July weather that’s got everyone so hot…its Gary and those blistering riffs!!!
The evening finishes with NW legend Ty Curtis. Anyone who knows this young man’s music knows why he is such a favorite in the Blues/Rock category. Ty routinely draws everywhere he plays including pulling as many as 10,000 to watch him at the Waterfront Blues festival. Ty will be bringing a revved up version of his set that will have you screaming for more!
Friday will also mark the beginning of our attempt to break the record for the World’s Longest Guitar Solo as a team. You’ll be able to cheer on our players as they solo for 25 straight hours! This is YOUR opportunity to be a part of the magic as well. If you are a guitarist in the area or are from afar and already planned to attend the show use promo code SOLO at checkout with any weekend pass or weekend VIP pass and you could be part of Guitar history!!!
Here is a more detailed breakdown of the Festival and all the fun it has in store for YOU!!
Thursday July 26th
Everyone get’s in Free Thursday!!! Thursday kicks off the festival in style. We will be featuring tributes to RUSH, Faith No More, Judas Priest along with a special treat from ED To Shred and Tim Carter of Inner Imposter. Bigfoot Bites and the rest of our food vendors will be serving up delicious grub. The beer garden will be open to make sure you are well fed and ready to rock!! Hope to see you there!
Friday July 27th
Friday heats up with Ty Curtis, Gary Hoey and a host of A+ supporting acts. Friday also marks the beginning of the GUTS Ace Challenge. A disc golf hole in one challenge open to anyone that thinks they’ve got the skills Click Here for more details. Other Friday attractions include our attempt to set a Guinness Book World Record, “The World’s Longest Guitar Solo” where we, with the help of guitar players from all over the Northwest and beyond, attempt to break the world record for “longest continuous guitar solo by a team”! We need to hit 25 hours! (Do you or anyone you know play guitar? Want to melt some faces? Join us and sign up to participate in this incredibly fun part of the festival and help us make Guitar history!!) Fans, you’ll want to come and cheer those guys & gals to victory!!
Saturday July 28th
Saturday gets even hotter with Headliners “Light The Torch” featuring Howard Jones legendary frontman formerly of Killswitch Engage. Howard and “Light The Torch” will be performing the new hit single “Die Alone” which has more than 1 Million views on YouTube in just 3 months since its release. The incredible performances continue with Canadian rockers Unleash the Archers! Unleash The Archers will be coming from a European Festival Tour to rock Guitars Under The Stars! Other artists Saturday include local guitar hero: ED To Shred, Portland Oregon’s own Splintered Throne and Metts-Ryan-Collins as well as Flamenco Metal Guitarist – Ben Woods, NW legends Henry’s Child and many more. Saturday will be filled with blistering Guitar performances that will make you re-think what is possible on a Guitar! See the Artists page for the full lineup. Saturday also continues the Disc Golf Challenge, and introduces the 50 foot inflatable water-slide, as well as the conclusion of the World’s Longest Guitar Solo! Will we make it 25hrs straight? Come and find out!!!
Sunday July 29th
Sunday slows down, just a notch, with Classic Rock legends Quarterflash, instrumental powerhouse Points North and Grammy winner Larry Mitchell. You won’t want to miss the Deep Purple Tribute – Highway Star, smooth Blues artists Soul Cookin and Lebanon’s own Ryan Gordon either!! Sunday also features the GUTS Car Show the 50 foot inflatable water slide will be open to beat the summer heat and all the great food and adult beverages you could want to make the day perfect!
GUTS is privately funded and depends on music lovers and folks from our community that come out and support the show. We hope to continue to build an event that the City of Lebanon and its residents can feel good about supporting. So, please share this with a friend and help us get the word out! Family fun and great music. We hope to see you there! Kids 10 and under are free all weekend when accompanied by an adult.