The modern “guitar festival” in which the public could meet directly with a number of celebrated luthiers was created two decades ago by Charles Fox, Tom Ribbecke, and Todd Taggart in Healdsburg and brought to fruition by Chris Herrod and LMII. The Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration is indebted to their vision and continues the tradition of presenting the state of the craft and the art of the music in an informal setting.
The Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration is a unique opportunity to meet many contemporary masters of lutherie, and to see, play and purchase some of the finest handmade instruments directly from the builder. Please join us for an unparalleled festival including fingerstyle, jazz, blues, classical, and slack key acoustic music all weekend at a relaxed California gallery and garden setting, in one of America’s premier destination towns.
On this website you will find information about the instrumental concerts, the master classes, the Acoustic Trade Show, Santa Barbara and a comprehensive catalogue of the showcase luthiers where you can explore and familiarize yourself with their work in detail. Buy your tickets early, especially for the Priority Pass benefits as attendance is limited, and come with a plan to visit with your favorite luthiers and musicians in order to fit everything in you can, as there’s so much to choose from.