The USAG team are blogging about their experiences on the road – head to http://www.usairguitar.blogspot.com
to check it out.
*Please note this is a 21+ show.
**Tickets are available at http://www.anotherplanetent.com/
***Tickets are also available at The Independent's box office as a cash purchase with a $1.00 service charge.
Since its inception in 2003, the US Air Guitar Championships have grown from a modest two-city competition into a major national tour that reaches more cities, fans and competitors every year. The USAG has garnered international media attention including features in the New York Times, Associated Press, Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann, the BBC, CNN, ABC News, NPR, Rolling Stone, Howard Stern, The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night With Conan O’Brian, MTV News, The Christian Science Monitor, Forbes and homepage video placements on YouTube, Myspace, AOL, and Yahoo! Last year’s US Finals in NY were judged by Malcolm Gladwell (author of The Tipping Point), former Saturday Night Live star Rachel Dratch, Jason Jones of The Daily Show, and ACLU lawyer Ben Wizner. We couldn’t believe it either.
The 2008 US Air Guitar Championship promises to be even better, with a bigger and badder 21-city bill and with TouchTunes as the official digital jukebox sponsor for the second consecutive year. Defending US Champion William Ocean of New York will have to fly a little higher as he looks to fend off the recent influx of promising young prospects. The Pacific Northwest and Mountain West regions have finally gotten called up to the big leagues, as Seattle, Portland, Aspen, Denver, and Salt Lake City have all been added to the fray. The threat of all this new talent will no doubt force the old guard to raise their games, making the anticipation surrounding this year’s competition downright combustible. Those who were lucky enough to be in attendance at the Sold Out Championship event last at New York’s Irving Plaza can attest to the elevated level of competition. McNallica of Boston made a believer out of judge Malcolm Gladwell with her thunderous display of sheer power. Big Rig of Houston showed his love of country, and a whole lot more, when he donned the stars and stripes…in Speedo form. Grizzled veteran, O.G., and father of 2, The Shred, turned back the clock and did the Nation’s Capitol proud. Ricky Stinkfingers of San Francisco, a virtual unknown, wrote himself into the annals of Air Guitar folklore with his debaucherous, unruly, straight savage performance in the offices of Rolling Stone Magazine, and then followed that up with an equally inspiring performance that night, winning over the crowd of thousands. And The Rockness Monster defied gravity itself, as he looked to the heavens and walked out onto a sea of people.
In 2008, USAG brings the Title-Belt event to the city by the Bay. For the first time ever, San Francisco will host the US Air Guitar Championship Final. We hear they’ve been missing some muscle* over there. Not to worry. USAG hits it out of the park every time.