Mountain Acoustics Luthier Invitational Show is Happening in May!
It may be a first-ever event for western NC but The Mountain Acoustics Invitational Show is shaping up to be something really special! Several dozen of the best luthiers from our region will be on-hand exhibiting their craft, the lovely mountain town of Burnsville is rolling out the welcoming mat, there is a great evening of guitar mastery by Kaki King in store at the historic Parkway Playhouse Theater and more!
- Purchase tickets for the Saturday evening concert with Kaki King at the Parkway Playhouse
We are truly honored to be a part of this event and are looking forward to a great weekend!
“The Six Tenors” Special Exhibit:
On exhibit will be The Six Tenors, a collection of instruments crafted by six world-class luthiers from NC to Japan for Luthiers for a Cause. Jay Lichty, Host Luthier for The Mountain Acoustics Luthier Invitational, was one of the six builders.
This will be one of only a handful of events that this collection will be on exhibit for public viewing. This project was one-of-a-kind in many ways:
- Each luthier donated 100% of their time.
- Each instrument was built with the back and sides out of wood from the same tree – The Tree – an epic Mahogany tree with quite a legacy.
- Each instrument was crafted with a soundboard out of the same tree – The Lucky Strike Redwood.
- Each luthier built a tenor ukulele with the goal of exploring just what an impact an individual luthier’s build-style has on overall tone when instruments are crafted in the same proportions and with the same woods.
- The project represented a massive collaboration between the luthiers, the organizers and volunteers, the contributors and sponsors (the wood, inlay, tuners, etc were donated by many generous supporters).
- Luthiers for a Cause was orchestrated to be a benefit for the non-profit organization the Ukulele Kids Club. All proceeds went to that end.
- Successful beyond anyone’s wildest dream, Luthiers for a Cause raised over $130,000 for the Ukulele Kids Club. While the individual ukuleles were slated to be auctioned, the entire collection was purchased for $100,000. An additional $30,000 was raised via related campaigns.
- Learn about the raffle of a C.F. Morrison handcrafted guitar
- Get the scoop on visiting Burnsville, NC
- See our previous post announcing this event
- Learn more about our favorite non-profit organization – the Ukulele Kids Club – sharing the gift of music by gifting ukuleles to hospitalized children around the world.