Grisha Goryachev hails from St. Petersburg, Russia. He's a flamenco guitar virtuoso who draws inspiration from his classical guitar roots.
Motohiro Asano

Acclaimed flamenco guitarist Grisha Goryachev , performing this weekend in St. Louis , hails from St. Petersburg, Russia. In fact, he comes from a long line of guitar teachers: both his father and grandfather taught guitar lessons and passed their art down to Goryachev. That all changed, however, when one of the all-time great flamenco guitarists, Paco de Lucía , visited the then-Soviet Union for the first time in 1986. Although he had been playing classical guitar for two years at that point...

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The Tritone Expo focuses on instrument makers, recording studio representatives, and accessory manufacturers. Organizers hope it will unite different aspects of the St. Louis music scene. “We have a whole slew of people here who are ostensibly an army of one, and we're trying to create a community around that,” said organizer Michael Tomko, “We’re showing how legitimate these companies are at manufacturing, as startups here in town.”

St. Louisan Big George Brock has performed at past Bluesweek festivals.
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The National Blues Museum has set April 2, 2016, as its opening day. The project intends to tell the history of blues music through exhibits and community outreach. Dave Beardsly, Mike Kociela and Rob Endicott, who heads the museum’s board, launched the project more than two years ago. The new museum will fill 23,000 square feet in the Mercantile Exchange building downtown. Multiple blues musicians and celebrities such as Buddy Guy and Jack White have supported the project and helped raise...

A Gretsch guitar in David Anderson's shop he works on for Tritone Guitars
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This weekend local guitar makers will leave the digital world behind, meet with each other, and invite the public to step inside the world of boutique guitar production.

Courtesy of Angel Romero

Even if you haven’t heard classical guitarist Angel Romero play, you’ve heard his influence. “My guitar goes back so long,” he told “Cityscape” host Steve Potter. “They interviewed George Harrison of The Beatles. They asked him ‘How did you start playing the guitar?’ He said ‘From picking at Angel Romero’s records.’ Jimi Hendrix and all that, they told me that every single night he would put on my recordings before going to bed. My music has crossed over to them as much as theirs has crossed...

The St. Louis Classical Guitar Society wants to help the Ferguson healing process, one guitar at a time. Through grants, the Ferguson Guitar Initiative is donating guitars and lessons to fifth- and sixth-grade students in the Normandy and Ferguson-Florissant school districts starting next week. “We have so many students in those two schools that are interested, we had to hold a lotto,” said Doug Erwin, fine arts content leader for the Ferguson-Florissant School District. “We have a waitlist...

Douglas Niedt
David Coblitz

Guitar virtuoso Douglas Niedt never really thought about making a living by playing the guitar; it just happened. “My dad learned the guitar when he was in the Merchant Marines down in Mexico, Peru, South American countries,” said Niedt, a St. Louis native. “When they went into ports, he would take lessons from whoever was playing the guitar down there.” When his father returned home, he taught Niedt’s older sister how to play. “She was pretty awful when I think back about it,” Niedt said. ...

"After years maintaining innocence," as Nashville Public Radio says , Gibson Guitar Corp. has agreed to pay a $300,000 penalty, donate $50,000 to a conservation fund and give up its claims to ebony and rosewood worth nearly $262,000 to avoid being criminally prosecuted for importing exotic woods. NPR's Carrie Johnson tells our Newscast Desk that "it's a crime to bring endangered plants and wood into the U.S. if the materials are protected under the laws of other countries. Under the terms of...

Charlie Hunter hasn't used his famous 8-string bass-guitar hybrid for some three years now. These days, it's seven strings. He's got the low three of a bass and the middle four of a guitar, all tuned a minor third higher than normal. He happily abandoned the highest string in favor of a more condensed and practical version of his one-of-a-kind instrument. He may be practicing more drums than guitar nowadays anyway. His 2nd solo album, Public Domain , is highly percussive. Released on his own label, Public Domain kicks the dust off eleven old standards from his grandfather's era, who turns one hundred this year.