GUITARS + MASH

WHAT IS GUITAR MASH?

A movement. From metal shredders to acoustic aficionados, Guitar Mash uses live events and social media to create opportunities for amateur and professional guitarists to play together.

Guitar Mash was founded in 2012 with the goal of creating opportunities for people to be actively involved in music, and to make music with other people.  It was founded on understanding the guitar to be The Great Connector, that which gathers people around the proverbial campfire.  What began as an untested experiment in communal music-making grew with the beautiful leadership of our musical director Mark Stewart into the acclaimed Inaugural Benefit Event at City Winery November 2012, and a series of “Campfire Jams” around the New York area, as well as stints at events like Make Music NY.

In addition to connecting amateur and professional musicians, Guitar Mash has helped people rediscover their potential to create and has inspired many to reacquaint themselves with their guitars.

WHY GUITAR?

Guitar: the most versatile of instruments – playing rhythm, melody and harmony – and the most democratic – portable, played by all ages, at all levels, by people of all background and cultures.

“It has a humble nature but extraordinary eloquence.”
—Mark Stewart, GM Musical Director


HOW DID THIS ALL COME ABOUT?

WE HAVE PETE SEEGER TO THANK.

Pete Seeger

Weller remembers Seeger strumming his banjo at the South Street Seaport in New York in the 70s, and singing MIchael Row the Boat Ashore along with him and a sea of strangers.

AND DIBLO DIBALA.

Congolese electric guitarist playing the blues backstage in between sets of soukous at Midsummer Night Swing, Lincoln Center.

AND GUITAR HERO ON THE PLAYSTATION.

What if people could connect with their guitar heroes in real life?


OUR GOAL FOR YOU

Play more. Connect more. With your family, with your friends, with your musical heroes. And when you do, share your jams on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, #GuitarMash.

THE TEAM

With over twenty years experience in creating festivals and events engaging music, food and world culture, including the creation of the Midsummer Night Swing festival at Lincoln Center, Weller is excited to extend her passion for interactive, cross-cultural and meaningful experiences through the powerful medium of the guitar. Weller is the founder of the non-profit Musiquarium Inc.

Drummer with the Red Hot Chili Peppers by day, guitar shredder/daddy by night. Recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

One of the culinary world’s most celebrated figures, chef and owner of the Craft family of restaurants and head judge of Bravo’s Top Chef, Colicchio is a closet guitar player with a collection ranging from a 1932 Gibson L-1 to newer guitars by Froggy Bottom.

A playwright, producer and director with more than twenty-five years’ experience in the entertainment industry, McSherry is attached to MATILDA THE MUSICAL, the National tour and the MATILDA Original Broadway Cast Album and the upcoming ON YOUR FEET!

With over twenty years experience as a successful producer with a strong portfolio of creative assignments in real estate, art, design and culture, Peyser is the Founder of NonStop Enterprises, fostering.

Founder of the multidisciplinary design firm Eight and a Half, whose diverse clients have ranged from Saturday Night Live and Air America Radio to the Mercer Hotels, Lucky Magazine and Orbitz. Formerly of Number 17.

Founder of Made it Myself books, and creator of family empowerment programs like Thirsty for Change, Levite uses the digital space to mobilize families and communities to engage together offline in meaningful experiences.

Partner at Davis Gilbert in the Intellectual Property and Advertising, Marketing & Promotions Practice Groups.

THE GUITAR COUNCIL

For passionate players and collectors.

An avid guitar player and collector, Co-Founder/CEO of Fresh Direct.

An avid music lover and guitar player, Black recently fulfilled a lifelong dream of playing with a band in front of an audience at a Rock and Roll fantasy camp, and enjoys both his Fender Strat and Gibson Les Paul.  He is a founding partner at BBR Partners, an investment advisory firm.

Palance’s guitar journey began at age 5 on his father’s ’63 Gibson ES 330 with Cream’s ‘Sunshine of Your Love.’ Nick’s guitarsenal spans custom Strats, a Mike Campbell Duesenberg, the ’63 ES 330, & more. Nick left Big 4 music label EMI (Capitol, Virgin, Apple, Blue Note) to become CEO of Lionzshare, Inc. and a NYC real estate broker at Brown Harris Stevens.

Having grown up in the Detroit music scene, Tony has a passion for the guitar and a varied collection ranging from a custom Fender Strat to a McPherson acoustic. He is Founder/CEO of Anthony Brands which owns and markets several personal care brands.


GUITAR MASH ARTIST ALUMS

ABDOULAYE ALHASSANE
AMY HELM
BAKITHI KUMALO (Paul Simon)
BILL KIRCHEN
BINKY GRIPTITE (Sharon Jones + the Dap-Kings)
BRANDON NIEDERAUER
“CAPTAIN” KIRK DOUGLAS (The Roots)
CHRIS ELDRIDGE (The Punch Brothers)
DAVID BROMBERG
DAVID BROZA
DUKE ROBILLARD
G.E. SMITH
JACKIE GREENE (The Black Crowes)
JERRY DOUGLAS
JORMA KAUKONEN (Hot Tuna)
JULIAN LAGE
JUNIOR RIVERA
KAKI KING
LARRY CAMPBELL
LENNY KAYE (Patti Smith)
NANO STERN
NELS CLINE (Wilco)
QUINN SULLIVAN
ROBERT RANDOLPH
SCOTT SHARRARD (Gregg Allman)
SONYA KITCHELL
STEFAN GROSSMAN
VALERIE JUNE
VERNON REID (Living Colour)