I Love Luthier

The title sounds exotic, but a luthier is simply someone who makes or repairs stringed instruments. Still, there’s nothing simple about this work, which requires considerable training. And while quite a few colleges have courses on how to make and repair guitars or violins, there aren’t many at the high school level. But last year, Joel Noble, who graduated from East High School in 1989, started up East’s Luthier Program, which began as a stand-alone elective class and now has sixteen students all building their own electric and acoustic guitars.

To help support the program, the Colorado Luthiers are hosting the Colorado Custom Guitar Festival today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at East, 1600 City Park Esplanade. The festival will showcase guitars made by luthiers from around the country, and noted luthier and bluegrass fingerpicker Wayne Henderson will conduct clinics both days, as well as perform at 8 p.m. tonight in East’s auditorium. Tickets are $5 for the festival, $15 for Henderson’s concert. For more information, go to www.coloradoluthiers.org.
Sat., Oct. 3; Sun., Oct. 4, 2009

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Jon Solomon writes about music and nightlife for Westword, where he's been the Clubs Editor since 2006.
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