Early Workshop Registration Discount Deadline is March 1, 2015!

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We are eager to welcome back our incredible faculty and new participants to this year’s Workshop. Click here for more details. An early registration discount is offered to all participants and alumni through March 1, 2015. To see videos about the workshop from the past five years, click here or call the Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation at 855-855-5900 for registration info. We can’t wait to see you at our 2015 Workshop!

D’Addario Offers Crown Guitar Scholarship

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Guitar World article about D'Addario Foundation providing a full scholarship to the Crown Guitar Fest

D’Addario Foundation Requests Guitar Scholarship Applications

The D’Addario Foundation is very pleased to announce that it will be offering a full scholarship covering all expenses for one guitar student to attend the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival at the end of this summer — a week of guitar heaven!

Anyone interested should read the full article on the Guitar World website. Submissions for the Scholarship should be submitted as soon as possible, as they will make a final decision by the end of February 2015. Good luck!



Lively Times Crown Guitar Announcement

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The Lively Times posted an article to their website announcing the line-up of artists for the 2015 Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival.
You can view the article on Lively Times website by clicking on the button, or read it below.

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Crown Guitar Workshop & Fest Announces line-up for 2015

All four members of the LA Guitar Quartet teach and perform at this years festival. (Photo by Adrian San Vicente)

Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop announces line-up for 2015 festival (Published: January 26, 2015)

Registration is now open to attend the sixth annual Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop that will be held Aug. 30 through Sept. 6 at Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork. A professional staff of teaching musicians will be joined by 12 world-renowned guitar artists for this year’s workshop, which focuses on 10 distinct guitar styles offering students a choice of which master artist they would like to learn from. The classes for 2015 are:

“Play with the Masters” with Dweezil Zappa and Shane Theriot. This course is a full six-day program for advanced players. Zappa and Theriot will share their techniques and lessons they have learned with focus on individual playing styles. Grammy®-winner Dweezil Zappa, son of Frank Zappa, is an eclectic artist who plays a mix of rock, blues, jazz, fusion and metal and has 12 albums of his own. Theriot is a performer and composer and Grammy-nominated producer. Currently he serves as Music Director/Guitarist on the TV series “Live From Daryl’s House” featuring Daryl Hall.

“Join the Band – Live N’ Kickin’” with Dennis McCumber. This jam class focuses on live performance and learning how to play with other musicians in all guitar genres. McCumber is a 20-year music teacher based in the Bronx and performs with various rock, blues, and funk bands in New York City.

“Jazz Rock Evolution” with James Hogan. This class highlights the evolution of jazz-rock fusion from the 1960’s-2000’s. Students will learn many common chords, scales, arpeggios, licks and tricks used by fusion masters. Hogan is in high demand as a touring sideman, studio musician, producer, and educator. He has played with a range of diverse artists, from Chaka Khan to the Jacksonville Symphony.

“The Art of Songwriting” with Bret Boyer, with Artists-in-Residence Brett Dennen and Madeleine Peyroux each providing support during the week. Designed for all experience levels, this course will develop a deeper understanding of the components of good song writing. The top-notch team of instructors will provide students with both inspiration and real world experience. Boyer holds a degree in guitar performance has been teaching for 25 years and has five teaching CDs.‘Wild Child’ Dennen’ is a crowd favorite everywhere he performs. Rolling Stone Magazine named him an ‘Artist to Watch’. Jazz singer-songwriter Peyroux has gone from busking on the streets of Paris to great critical acclaim as an artist who explores new ground and takes chances.

“Jazz Guitar Essentials” with Mark Dziuba. This class will focus on the essentials of Jazz guitar accompaniment and improvisation through a tune. Dziuba is a guitarist, improviser and composer. He has performed with a who’s who of jazz, blues, rock, and bluegrass musicians internationally and has taught and performed at workshops for almost 40 years.

“Personalized Rock and Blues” with Jared Meeker. Students will learn the licks and tricks from many of the greatest rock guitarists from the glory days from 1960’s-1980’s. Meeker is a guitar virtuoso, composer, producer and educator, who has performed in venues all over the US. His genres include blues, rock, Latin, reggae, metal, R&B, funk, hip-hop, and soul and has been featured in Guitar Player and Guitar World magazines.

“Brazilian Emerges in Montana” with Romero Lubambo. A select group of students will explore the subtle nuances that distinguish the various genres of Brazilian music, from bossa nova to samba, as well as the intricacies of straight ahead jazz. Lubambo brings together the styles and rhythms of his Brazilian heritage with his fluency in jazz to create a distinctive, exciting new sound. He has performed and recorded with many outstanding artists ranging from Yo-Yo Ma to Herbie Mann. He has established himself as a composer and performer on his own critically acclaimed recording projects as well as on those of Brazil’s Trio Da Paz.

“Classical Guitar Perfected with the LA Guitar Quartet.” The entire LA Guitar Quartet will teach this course focusing on styles, effects and their own personalized techniques. The multifaceted, Grammy-winning LAGQ is comprised of four uniquely accomplished musicians: John Dearman, Matthew Greif, William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant. They bring a new energy to the concert stage with programs ranging from bluegrass to Bach.

“Six Styles – A Style a Day for the Acoustic Player” with Doug Smith. This course offers different acoustic and finger style techniques ranging from flatpicking and strumming to song circles. Smith is a nationally recognized acoustic guitarist who weaves together folk, classical, jazz and contemporary forms into a unique, flowing fingerpicking style. Among his many awards is the prestigious Winfield International Fingerstyle Competition in 2006.

“Beyond Six-String Guitar” with Susan Mazer. This class this class is for both acoustic and electric players, whether you are a beginner or just stuck in the “3-Chord Joe” mode. Individual and small group lesson are featured. Mazer is a highly respected educator, author and performer known for her intricate fingerstyle guitar playing. Her hands-on approach to teaching offers practical and personalized skills.

Additional Artists in Residence who will be in attendance during the week include jazz legend Lee Ritenour and his all-star band who will be back for a sixth straight year; Jon Herington, a jazz, rock and blues maestro who has been the lead guitarist with Steely Dan since 1999; and David Grissom, a blues master who recorded with John Mellencamp, the Allman Brothers and many more. These artists will be featured in special workshop clinics and all will perform onstage at various times for the Crown Guitar Festival.

An early bird registration discount is offered to participants through March 1; a discount is also available to workshop alumni if registered by March 1. To see videos about the workshop from the past five years and to register please visit the website www.crownguitarfest.org or call the Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation at 855-855-5900.

Montana Magazine article by Jessica Lowry

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Montana Magazine Story about the Crown Of The Continent Guitar Festival & Workshop

Montana Magazine Story

In the January/February 2015 issue of Montana Magazine, Jessica Lowry wrote a great article about the Crown Of The Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival.

It a great story loaded with some interesting information and fun photos. You can view or download a PDF version of the article by clicking on the button below.

The story and photos are by Jessica Lowry, and are presented here with the permission of Montana Magazine.

Montana Magazine Story

The article talks about how David Feffer was inspired to give birth to the Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival, with some interesting quotes from attendees and instructors, as well as some great photos, and tidbits of information.


Ana Popovic Rocks Montana’s Crown Guitar Fest

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Article by Debra Devi for the American Blues Scene Magazine.

Ana Popovic(BIGFORK, MT) — Ana Popovic proved the blues knows no bounds as the first female Artist-In-Residence at the internationally acclaimed Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival & Workshop Aug 24-31 in Bigfork, Montana. Not only did Popovic play a searing concert that brought a crowd of hardcore guitar aficionados repeatedly to its feet, she also jammed with Dweezil Zappa, legendary session and jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour, Americana singer Shelby Lynne and John Oates of Hall & Oates.

Popovic just about burned the festival’s big white concert tent down with one raging solo after another on tunes like “Can You Stand the Heat” and a revved-up cover of Albert King’s “Can’t You See What You’re Doing to Me?” She also popped up throughout the week to jam with her intimidating fellow Artists-In-Residence.

> read the complete article on the American Blues Scene website

Crown Guitar Festival Brings a Zappa to Montana—and So Much

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Article by Debra Devi for Guitar International Magazine.

Despite Frank Zappa’s tongue-in-cheek “Montana” from 1973’s Over-Nite Sensation, he never traveled to Big Sky Country.

Dweezil ZappaBut his son Dweezil Zappa has, most recently as an Artist-In-Residence (AIR) for the Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop & Festival in Bigfork MT (Aug 24-31).

Founded by classical-guitar enthusiast David Feffer five years ago, Crown Guitar Fest has turned this arty, well-heeled town into an international center for the study and appreciation of the guitar.

This year, Dweezil auctioned off a black-and-silver Fender guitar etched with Frank’s likeness to benefit the Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation. The foundation supports environmental groups and school music programs in northwestern Montana.This marks the first time the Zappa family has sanctioned the use of Frank’s image outside the Zappa Family Trust.

Dweezil also established an annual Frank Zappa Student Guitar Scholarship to bring gifted young guitarists to the Crown Guitar Workshop to study.

Zappa wowed the Workshop students each day with his friendly, approachable vibe, and the festival crowd at night with an incredible concert that was both mind-blowing and moving.

> read the complete article on Guitar International Magazines website

Learn the Guitar from Ana Popovic, John Oates, Mike Stern, Dweezil Zappa at Montana’s Crown Guitar Fest

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Written by Debra Devi for American Blues Scene Magazine

A female electric guitarist is being featured as an Artist-In-Residence for the first time this year at the internationally acclaimed Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival & Workshop August 24-31 in Bigfork, Montana, this summer – and she’s American Blues Scenecover girl Ana Popovic!

In a real nod to Popovic’s stature as a guitarist who can hold her own with the world’s best, she joins the exclusive ranks of previous Artists-In-Residence (AIRs) like Robben Ford and Joe Bonamassa.

Although the Crown Fest clearly respects the blues, it also brings in the world’s finest jazz, classical and acoustic guitarists. Arriving this year to teach clinics and perform will be jazz/fusion superstar Mike Stern, rocker Dweezil Zappa, Americana singer/songwriter Shelby Lynne, session legend Lee Ritenour, classical guitar master David Leisner, and blue-eyed-soul hit-maker John Oates of Hall & Oates.

Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival and Workshop Aug. 24-31, 2014 Featuring Top Artists.

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Guitar International Magazine
Written by Deb Devi

For the first time, a blazing female lead guitarist—blues star, Ana Popovic, will join the exclusive ranks of Artists-In-Residence [AIRs] in northwestern Montana, at this summer’s week-long Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop & Festival. 

Also arriving in beautiful Bigfork [August 24-31] are Dweezil Zappa, Mike and Leni Stern, Lee Ritenour, classical guitarist David Leisner, Americana artist Shelby Lynne, John Oates of Hall & Oates and up-and-coming jazz singer/guitarist, Emily Elbert.

The AIRs will perform the festival’s evening concerts and teach afternoon clinics as part of the workshop. Read Full Article.

Welcome to our new site!

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Welcome to CrownGuitarFest.org, the new website for the Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation lovingly designed by John R. Webster.

Please feel free to make a comment. Any comments will be taken into consideration as we continue improving the new site. Let’s work together to make it be the best we can!

For the Love of Guitar!