If it all sounds absurd, thats because it is. But heres the big surprise: The performers actually exhibit an enormous amount of talent and frequently prove to be better entertainers than some of the folks pulling down $200 a ticket this summer (were looking at you, Eric Clapton). Performing one song of their own choosing and one surprise choice, competitors are partly judged on technical merit i.e., the ability to approximate the playing of an actual guitar but points are also awarded for stage presence and the elusive airness. Last year, Denver twins Ryan (aka Stryker) and Randy (aka Big Rig) Strecker both made it to the finals, so expect the Mile High to represent with instrument-free rock fury when the tour hits the Bluebird Theater, 3317 East Colfax Avenue, tonight at 8 p.m.; tickets are $15. Call 303-377-1666 or visit www.usairguitar.com.
Wed., June 18, 2008