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ACL Festival to Showcase Final Days of the Austin GuitarTown Project
 
09/10/2007


GIBSON GUITAR AND BALDWIN PIANO NAMED “OFFICIAL” GUITAR AND PIANO FOR AUSTIN CITY LIMITS FESTIVAL, SEPTEMBER 14-16, 2007

Austin, Texas...September 10, 2007-Gibson Guitar and Baldwin Piano announced a partnership with this year's Austin City Limits Festival. The popular guitar and piano maker will serve as the “Official” guitar and piano of the entire festival. Named the “Festival of the Year” by Pollstar, the event will be held on Friday, September 14 through Saturday, September 16, 2007 in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas.

As part of the ACL Festival, organizers will display the final exhibit of the Austin GuitarTown project featuring a last chance look at all ten-foot tall Gibson guitar sculptures creatively painted by visual artists. The GuitarTown project, presented by Gibson Guitar, is a public arts project that features 35 ten foot tall fiberglass Gibson guitars and thirty showcase (regular size) guitars. Once the guitars are exhibited at the ACL Festival they will then be prepared for a Gala Auction event to be held in October. The Austin GuitarTown Auction Gala will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2007. The VIP event will give guests the opportunity to bid on the GuitarTown art live, online and via phone. The live auction will be hosted by world famous Juliens Auctions, known around the world for their widely popular entertainment memorabilia auctions (www.juliensauctions.com).

The Tickets for the red carpet event are $100.00 per person and will be hosted at GSD&M’s Idea City (828 W. 6th St.). To purchase tickets, please call 888-512- SHOW or visit www.frontgatetickets.com. Proceeds will benefit The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM); The Austin Museum of Art (AMOA); American Youthworks; and the Austin Children's Museum.

The ACL Festival features 130+ artists on eight stages over 3 days with more than 70,000 music seekers per day come from around the globe. Artists performing include: Bob Dylan, the White Stripes, the Killers, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Queens of the Stone Age, Ziggy Marley, Spoon, Lucinda Williams and many more. The complete 2007 lineup can be found by visiting www.aclfestival.com.

As an “Official” sponsor, Gibson will host the “Artists Lounge and CafĂ©”, a green room for all of the artists who are performing at the festival, and provide the exclusive Gibson tour bus which will also be on-site as a press oasis for artist interviews during the event.

For all festival attendees, Gibson will provide music fans with the ultimate guitar experience. A “state-of-the-art” booth will be on-site during the festival. The booth will have interactive guitar stations with a combination of both Gibson and Epiphone guitars, each providing the guitar lover with their own opportunity to jam! Baldwin Piano will be the official piano on stage for numerous performances and the new Gibson Exotic Custom pianos will be highlighted in all press materials in the press room.

For the kids, Gibson will host the Austin Kiddie Limits “Petting Zoo” section of the ACL Festival. To capture the eyes and hearts of the future guitarist, youngsters can play with Gibson instruments including the new Maestro brand guitars and the new Gibson Hasbro Toy Guitar.


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