The Buffalo Museum of Science will host "Get Out Your Guitar Day" from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. "Get Out Your Guitar Day" is a national day that celebrates guitars and guitarists of all genres. It will be presented in conjunction with the travelling exhibit "GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World," on view through May 7.
"Get Out Your Guitar Day" activities are included with museum admission and free for museum members.
Chris "The Bulldog" Parker, of "Schopp & The Bulldog" on WGR-AM 550, will be on-site from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. While he's known for his passion for local sports teams, "The Bulldog" is also a music buff and passionate about the Buffalo music scene.
Additionally, Buffalo Music Hall of Fame member Dick Bauerle will present "Sounds of the Guitar" through the decades from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., along with a Q&A session, guitar history and guitar playing tips. Oogie Games will be on-site with the "Guitar Hero" video game. Guests are encouraged to bring their guitars and show off their skills throughout the day.
In partnership with the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, Michael Hund (Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Class of 1992) will present "The Fender Tail... a History of Fender guitars" from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. Get ready to hear the sounds of legendary Fender guitars - a musical journey from its birth.
The company began as Fender's Radio Service in late 1938 in Fullerton, California. A custom lap steel guitar made in 1946 for his friend, Noel Boggs, was most likely the very first product of the new company, already sporting the familiar Big "F" logo.
Hund will take guests on a journey through the years of Fender guitars.
In 1951, Fender offered the first mass-produced solid-body Spanish-style electric guitar, the Telecaster (originally named the "Broadcaster"; "Esquire" is a single pickup version), and the first mass-produced electric bass, the precision bass (P-Bass). In 1954, Fender mass-produced the popular Stratocaster (Strat) guitar.
Hear a 1952 Fender dual 8-lap steel guitar and many other historic Fender guitars, including: a 1950 Fender custom shop esquire, a 1957 Fender shoreline gold 1/500, a 1962 Fender sonic blue Stratocaster, a 1974 Fender sunburst, a 1978 Fender blackie and a 1979 Fender silver anniversary. Guests will also be able to play a guitar through a deluxe reverb amp and receive a free Fender guitar pick.
Additional special guests scheduled to appear throughout the day include Frank Grizanti (BMHOF Class of 2007) Nick Veltri (BMHOF Class of 1994), Greg Hennessey, Rich Sargent (BMHOF Class of 2008) and Doug Yeomans (BMHOF Class of 2004). They will interact with guests in "71Picks," the homegrown complementary exhibit that features select items from the Hall of Fame Collection.
Admission to both "GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World" and "71Picks" is included with general museum admission ($11 adults, $9 seniors ages 62-plus, $9 students and military with ID, $8 children 2-17, free for Members and children under 2). Both exhibits are open during regular museum hours, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
Special extended hours through 9 p.m. will be available every Wednesday through May 3, and select Fridays. For more complete details, visit www.sciencebuff.org.