Aug. 9 - Aug. 11: Healdsburg Guitar Festival

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Guitars: strum, pick and slap these things, and out comes beautiful acoustic melodies or head-banging anthems. With this much amazing variation, is it really any surprise that there’s a three-day celebration dedicated to this single instrument? The 2013 Healdsburg Guitar Festival knows what’s up, because every year it’s dedicated to shining the spotlight on the guitar. Filled with workshop upon workshop, demonstrations, a showcase of hundreds of custom instruments and acoustic guitar summits featuring musicians like Walter Strauss, Teja Gerken, Peter Lang and Kelly Joe Phelps, the festival is a must for those who enjoy playing, listening or anything in between. The fest runs Friday, Aug. 9, to Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Hyatt. 170 Railroad St., Santa Rosa. $15—$149. 9am. 800.477.4437.

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