The Northeast Guitar Expo is intended to be a gathering of the guitar community throughout this region. There really isn’t another event like this in the New England area. Created by Peter Occhineri and Kevin Kalagher, two veterans of the guitar industry, it’s their passion to bring luthiers, builders, product manufacturers and dealers together for guitar enthusiasts to meet and create new relationships with.
The October 2017 show is in the books and was a huge success. 75+ high-end exhibitors met over 1,300 attendees for a great day of electric and acoustic guitar/bass interaction. Set in a very cool and musical venue, The Oakdale Theatre and Convention Center in Wallingford, CT, the event couldn’t have gone better.
The popular live Guitar Demo Clinics starring Gary Hoey, Jeff Pitchell, Mark Nomad, George Lesiw and Steve Clarke were a big hit! And the Buy-Sell-Trade option had attendees selling their personal instruments during the show. See the latest show presentation here on YouTube.
A special feature of the show is The Acoustic Cafe, a separate large room for acoustic instrument builders to show and demo their products in a more quiet environment. This adds a “second show” to the electric guitar and bass show space.
The Northeast Guitar Expo was formerly the Farmington Valley Guitar Show in 2012. For those that remember, the show was a huge success and very well attended. You can see a slide show presentation of that event here on YouTube. (Special thanks to Michael O’Toole for this original YouTube presentation).
Peter Occhineri and Kevin Kalagher created the original show and are now the promoters and owners of the Northeast Guitar Expo. Their collective experience in guitar building, marketing and sales spans more than 3 decades.
The stage is set to have many great guitar events in the future. Hope to see you at the next Northeast Guitar Expo at The Oakdale Theater & Convention Center!