Orchard Guitar Festival

The 2018 Orchard Guitar Festival will take place September 28-29 in the Moore Musical Arts Center.

Headliners for 2018:

Friday, September 28: Jack Peterson (clinic and concert). Watch Jack Peterson perform at BGSU in 1989.
                                Adam Schlenker (clinic and concert).
Saturday, September 29: Mike Stern (clinic and concert)

Our 2018 Orchard Guitar Festival Artists

MikeStern-by-Sandrine-Lee-3Mike Stern, photo by Sandrine Lee

To a generation of contemporary jazz guitar aficionados, Mike Stern is regarded as one of the true guitar greats of his generation. A player of remarkable facility whose searing lines are informed mainly by bebop and the blues while also carrying a rock-tinged intensity, Stern made his mark with Miles Davis in the early ‘80s before launching his solo career in 1985. Since then he has released 17 recordings as a leader, six of which were nominated for GRAMMY® Awards. His latest, Trip, is his first since recovering from a serious accident in the summer of 2016 that left him with two broken arms and nerve damage in his right hand that prevented him from even holding a pick. But Stern is back on top of his game, playing with typical authority and prodigious chops on this all-star outing, which features such longstanding colleagues as trumpeters Randy Brecker and Wallace Roney, saxophonists Bob Franceschini and Bill Evans (a bandmate of Mike’s in Miles Davis’ ‘comeback band’ of 1981), bassists Victor Wooten and Tom Kennedy and drummers Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers and Lenny White. Continue reading Mike's bio here.

Adam Schlenker is an educator, performer, composer and arranger of American Roots Acoustic Music from southern West Virginia and is currently based in Columbus Ohio. Along with performing, recording and touring, Adam founded 5th Fret Productions in 2009 combining online, video based lessons with one on one instruction. Thanks to the Skype technology, Adam's private student base stretches across the US, throughout Europe and Australia. Allowing him to lend a hand to anyone in the world who’s wishing to work on their flat pick guitar and mandolin skills. Adam has been featured in Flat Picking Guitar Magazine and is also an instructor at several acoustic guitar camps including the Nashville Flat Pick Camps and the Stenback International Acoustic Guitar Camp in Denmark. Read more about Adam here.