White Lake Guitar Festival 2017

This annual festival has been instrumental in bringing guitar education to the White Lake Area. It is designed to be an approachable event that is fun and community oriented featuring workshops, guest speakers and performers. 

The 2017 White Lake Guitar Festival aims to encourage music education to people of all ages and abilities in an encouraging environment. The weekend concludes with a concert featuring Billy McLaughlin. Billy shares a story of perseverance with his musical talent and also serves as an instructor for the event.

Registration begins at 9:00am and workshops begin at 10:00am. All workshops will be held at ACWL-Nuveen Center located at 106 E. Colby Rd. Whitehall, MI.

Courses available: 
Improvisation, Left Hand Strengthening with Chords & Fingerboard Exercises,Finger picking an Original Instrumental in Open D Tuning, Tools for Guitarists, Songwriting for Guitarists, Right Hand Arpeggio Technique,and Basic Scales for Soloing. View Schedule here.

Advance Registration-$35
At the door-$40

Register here White Lake Guitar Festival 2017

Registration includes 1 ticket to the

Billy McLaughlin Community Concert
March 25, 2017
Howmet Playhouse

Additional tickets can be purchased here for just $10 each.

If you don't know Billy's music or what he has been though to keep playing his guitar you should not miss this show! Acoustic guitar that defies gravity...and an inspirational story that has lifted up audiences across the world.

Billy McLaughlin is recognized internationally as a world-class guitarist, composer and inspirational performer who has appeared on Billboard’s TopTen Chart. Previously signed to Virgin Records’ Narada label, McLaughlin has 14 CD releases, 3 National Campus Entertainer of the Year Awards*, 5 Minnesota Music Awards and his decades of national concert touring earned him the Hall of Fame Achievement Award*.

But in 1999 McLaughlin vanished from sight as his career crumbled due to a little-known neuro-muscular disorder called Focal Dystonia. After suffering several years without a cure, he embarked on an unlikely attempt to regain his career by re-learning his instrument left-handed. His remarkable comeback is captured in the documentary film Changing Keys (airing on PBS 2010) and a concert film called Coming Back Alive featuring McLaughlin with string orchestra and a reunion of his longtime rock band.

Now serving as Ambassador for Awareness for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, McLaughlin is the winner of the 2010 Public Leadership in Neurology Award** whose previous winners include Paul Allen, Julie Andrews, Leon Fleischer and Michael J. Fox.

McLaughlin has resumed an international schedule of concert appearances and keynote speaking. He resides in his home state of Minnesota where he is  proudly raising two boys.

Check out Billy on YouTube:

The Return of Billy McLaughlin

March 25, 2017
Howmet Playhouse
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