Yes, Air Guitar Nation changed my life. And it could change yours too. For a one-night-only event, Saturday March 30 at 9:30 pm, the Alamo Drafthouse will show the documentary that The Hollywood Reporter called "as funny as This is Spinal Tap and David Ansen from Newsweek gave an "11." After the movie, all hell breaks loose.
As you probably know, the Drafthouse serves alcohol. Following the screening, the theater will be transformed into our own private bar, where we get to choose the tunes we want to hear and we get to jump up in front of the screen and air guitar our asses off. There will be blood, yes, but there will also be sweat, tears, smoke, lights, and very possibly confetti and pyro! Spontaneous air bands will be formed. Lifelong friendships will be forged. Old videos you haven't seen in years will be projected on the movie screen. It's like karaoke on steroids. Scratch that: It's like an Elmo crystal-meth sex party. But better.
Every time I enter the amazing world of US Air Guitar, I am in an immediate state of child-like arrested development. Air guitar forces you to embrace the Will Ferrell inside of of us. What I've found is that there is a little of that inside everybody. Air guitar is the ridiculous way that I express my love for rock n' roll. Air guitar is about embracing freedom. What could be more American than that?
The great thing about air guitar is that you don't have to be "good" at it, because what even quantifies "good" air guitar? What is fundamental to my continuing air guitar addiction is the strange, exciting community of people that I've become friends with over the last four years. There's a great contingent of Kansas City folks who have all become close through air guitar, and even more across the country:
Air Guitar Nation is a fun-as-hell doc that chronicles America's rise to power as a force on the World Air Guitar circuit. It will leave you in stitches, ready to jump up and express yourself through the power of airness. Thanks to the Alamo Drafthouse, you'll have that opportunity as soon as the movie is over, with 150 of your (new) closest friends.
See you there! - US Air Guitar Hall of Famer Mean Melin