Summer of 2021 is officially in full swing. Outdoor venues are full, festivals are making their return, and bands are finally scheduling shows again. While it does feel like things are starting to feel a little more like “normal”, many of us in the music industry are still waiting to get back to things as they were.
There’s been a lot going on around the shop this summer though, so I’ve got some exciting news in the world of DWP Guitars to fill you in on.
On March 22nd, 2021 Boulder, CO was changed forever when 10 lives were needlessly taken in an act of violence the likes of which Boulder has never seen before. Having spent most of my life in the safety and serenity of the”Boulder Bubble”, this one definitely hit close to home.
The Boulder Music community is as tight knit as it gets, and DWP Guitars is proudly still based in Boulder. With that in mind, I found it necessary to contribute however I could. To that end, this Cigar Box Amp featuring custom “BOULDER STRONG” Artwork was donated on behalf of the families and friends that tragically lost a loved one that day.
The “BOULDER STRONG” Cigar Box Amp was auctioned off in the “LOVE FOR LONNA” auction which benefited the family of Lonna Bartkowiak. Lonna was a staple of the Boulder Community and tragically passed that day. Not only did the amp raise $300 for Lonna’s family, but it also found the perfect new home with a good friend of DWP Guitars, and another fixture in the Boulder music community.
7th ANNUAl conscious alliance all-stars event
Summer 2021 provided an exciting opportunity to collaborate with the Boulder based charity Conscious Alliance. This “Da-Rel” JR Guitar features a striking combination of a Douglass Fir Body and Claro Walnut Top, and will be donated for the 7th Annual Conscious Alliance All-Stars event, being held in Denver in August.
This guitar has an exciting future ahead of it, but you’ll have to attend the the event to find out just what that is. And you may even be able to take this one of a kind rocker home with you…
7th annual conscious alliance all-stars event
An Evening in Support of Conscious Alliance hosted by the MacMillan Family featuring the Conscious Alliance All-Stars: An All Female Supergroup starring Drin Elliott, Jennifer Hartswick, Judith Hill, Karina Rykman, Kim Dawson, Natalie Cressman, Nikki Glaspie and Mimi Naja with special performance by David Shaw of The Revivalists.
AUGUST 22nd, 2021 - Cherry Hills Village, CO
GUITAR BUILDING CLASSES
Guitar building classes in the DWP Guitars shop have also been rocking this summer with a couple very successful builds from two new builders.
If you’re interested in learning to build guitars, I would love to help you get started on that journey. The “Guitar Building Basics” class from DWP Guitars is 5 days of private instruction with me, and you’ll go home with your first guitar handcrafted entirely by you. Additionally, you’ll also take home a build notebook, and a set of routing templates so you’ll have everything you need to repeat the process on your own.
Classes are scheduled individually, and can be scheduled any time. Please feel free to reach out for more info!
Summer is usually the busiest time of the year for those of us in the touring industry. However this summer much like the one before has provided more time to focus on other things. I miss the energy and excitement of live shows as its clear that so many other people do too. For now; I’ve been re-focusing that energy into DWP Guitars and preparing for when it all comes back.
Things are looking up for the Fall though, so lets hope it all keeps moving in the right direction. I’m very much looking forward to being able to share space with you again in a Theatre, Arena, Amphitheatre, or on a Festival stage somewhere. I’ll be standing on Stage Right, and I can’t wait to see you there.