Attention Air-do-wells of Austin!
See yourself on National TV! The Travel Channel will be in town filming at the Air Guitar event on Nov. 28th, so put your air on and represent Austin on TV!
I know WAAAAY too much about Air Guitar, so I really need an Austin competitor to get to Finland this year to justify this obsession (And to justify a trip to Finland for the Alamo programming team, who will undoubtedly be there to cheer you on in the frozen tundra.)
Tuesday, Nov. 28 - 9:45pm:
AUSTIN AIR GUITAR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Preliminary Round 1 - Alamo Downtown
For tickets: SEE ALAMO WEBSITE
To register as a competitor email your MP3 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Started in Finland as an effort to increase overall world peace through the beauty of air guitar (the theory being that one cannot hold a gun if one is holding an air guitar), the World Air Guitar Championship has now become an international phenomenon with contestants from over 50 countries competing for the world title, as well as regional contests in over 20 cities in the U.S.
Austin, dubbed by many as the live music capitol of the world, also seems poised to claim the title of Air Guitar capitol of the world! Once a month, come to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - the official host venue of the Austin Air Guitar regionals - to either watch the spectacle or to blast out your hottest air licks on stage in our preliminary rounds leading up to the regional championships in March. It's free to compete in and regular admission to watch what we feel comfortable saying is the most fulfilling 90 minutes of entertainment in the southwest!
For a complete list of rules, FAQ for new contestants, video clips from last year and tickets to all of the 2006/2007 season performances, check out the AUSTIN AIR GUITAR WEBSITE.
NOTE: competitors are admitted free to the event. If you are going to compete, please email an MP3 of your one minute solo selection to the Air Guitar Head Office at least 4 hours prior to the competition. You can bring a CD on the night of the show, but this is more prone to technical difficulty. We highly recommend sending us the song in advance so we can test the audio balance the sound levels.
THE 2007 FINAL AUSTIN CHAMPIONSHIP IS BY SELECTION ONLY - TO COMPETE IN THE FINALS AND REPRESENT AUSTIN IN THE U.S. FINALS, YOU MUST WIN, PLACE OR SHOW AT ONE OF THE PRELIMINARY ROUNDS. The 2007 Finals will be held during the 2007 SXSW Music Festival (Mar 9-18), date and time TBA.
More on Air Guitar:
A new invention that may change the face of air guitar forever?
CANBERRA, Australia - Scientists announced Monday that they have developed a high-tech T-shirt that turns the strumming of an air guitar into music.
But Bjorn Turoque, this nation's greatest Air Guitarist (even though he keeps losing), has this to say about the new invention:
"When will these people learn that air guitar is not something to be made virtual? Why do people keep trying to improve upon perfection?
I'll tell you why: these "scientists" are trying to give the old sell out to the Last Pure Art Form. They realize that air guitar is universal, and they see dollar signs in place of invisible guitars. They fancy themselves selling their idea to some global corporate conglomerate and buying summer homes in New Zealand. Well, I have news for you. It ain't gonna happen.
Björn Türoque, your humble and faithful air guitar servant, has watched the video. He can see right through their pathetic ploys. This thing will never sell. It's insanely clunky and in no way mimics the power of pure air guitar. (Imagine—the folly of mimicing the mimicry of guitar playing?)"
Buy Bjorn Turoque's book "To Air is Human"
For more on the history of Air Guitar, and the results of last year's competition, see the AIR GUITAR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS page.