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Gibson Summer Jam 2011 - FAQ's

What is Summer Jam?
Initially started as a small gathering of music dealers and local guests, the Gibson Summer Jam grew tremendously in size over several years and was one of the music industry's premier celebrations of the year. Summer Jam went on hiatus in 2009 and 2010 due to the economy and the Nashville flood respectively, but 2011 sees the return of Gibson Summer Jam.

In previous years thousands from around the globe gathered at Gibson to see the world's most exquisite guitars and musical instruments while enjoying live music from some of the best musicians in the world. Great artists who have performed at Summer Jam include Cheap Trick, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kenny Olson (Kid Rock), Lee Roy Parnell, Gretchen Wilson, Tesla, Les Paul, Pat Martino, Doyle Bramhall II, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, Johnny A., Jack Pearson, Whiskey Falls, Carl Weathersby, Larry McCray and Peter Frampton, just to name a few. During Summer Jam 2008 Gibson treated over 3,000 music industry guests with two full days of product displays, demonstrations, workshops, food and drink, and of course, amazing musical performances.

Gibson Summer Jam 2011 activities will include exclusive access to exciting new Gibson and Epiphone products, amazing live music, and many more surprises you don't want to miss. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from our good friends at Hard Rock Café.

When is Summer Jam?
Summer Jam 2011 will take place during Summer NAMM on July 23 from 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Where is Summer Jam held?
Inside the fenced-in parking lot at the Gibson Custom Shop in Nashville, Tennessee located at 1612 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37210

Is there parking?
General Public – Yes, free parking will be provided at the Gibson U.S.A. Factory located at 641 Massman Drive, Nashville, TN 37210. (Free shuttles to the Gibson Custom Shop will be provided.)

V.I.P. – Yes, free parking will be provided at AmeriPlex at Elm Hill (1508 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN). You MUST PRINT off your invitation to be allowed access.

Press – Yes, free parking will be provided at AmeriPlex at Elm Hill (1508 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN). You MUST PRINT off your confirmation email to be allowed access.

What does it cost?
Summer Jam is free and open to the public, but you MUST RSVP via the link on www.gibson.com/summerjam11 or have received a physical ticket. Space is limited and is on a first come-first serve basis.

Where is will-call/check-in?
General Public – At the Gibson U.S.A. Factory located at 641 Massman Drive, Nashville, TN 37210. (Free shuttles to the Gibson Custom Shop will be provided.)

V.I.P. – At the entrance of the Gibson Custom Shop located at 1612 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37210

Press – At the entrance of the Gibson Custom Shop located at 1612 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37210

I received a physical ticket. What do I need to do?
You MUST BRING your ticket with you on the day of the show. Redeem your ticket at will-call located at the Gibson U.S.A. Factory located at 641 Massman Drive, Nashville, TN 37210. (Free shuttles to the Gibson Custom Shop will be provided.)

When can we arrive? When do we have to leave?
Gates open at 11:30 a.m.
Event ends at 10:00 p.m.

What do V.I.P. passes get you? Are V.I.P. passes available for purchase?
V.I.P. passes are not available for purchase. A V.I.P. pass entails you to V.I.P. parking adjacent to the Custom Shop, one (1) free meal from Hard Rock Café and free beverages courtesy Jack Daniels

Will there be food & beverages?
General Public: Available for purchase from Hard Rock Café and Jack Daniels. A.T.M. machines will be onsite at the event.

V.I.P. – One (1) free meal from Hard Rock Café will be included as well as free beverages courtesy Jack Daniels

Can I bring my own food or beverages?
No. Food and drink is provided by Hard Rock Café and Jack Daniels. Absolutely NO outside alcohol permitted. Bags will be searched at gates.

Will there be prizes?
YES! We will be doing several guitar giveaways on Saturday so come ready to win!

Can I bring my own guitar and participate in the jam?
No. The general public will not be participating in this year's jam. Leave your guitar at home, but come ready to check out some of the latest and greatest guitars at our division's display areas.

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