One of our favorite times of the year is here! Gibson Day 2013 is Saturday June 15 at Music Villa, and it’s packed full of live music, giveaways, and amazing deals on all Gibson & Epiphone products! It’s our biggest Gibson Sale of the year complete with…
- Drawing for (2) $500 off coupons for any Gibson Acoustic Guitar.
- Gibson factory representatives on hand, all day.
- Live Music all day (schedule below).
- Book signing & performance by Gibson Historian John Thomas (details below).
- 10:00-11:00 Songwriting Clinic with Ashly Holland & GT Hurley
- 12:00-12:30: Performance by John & Bridgett Reedy
- 1:00-2:00: Performance by Lisa Carman
- 2:00-3:00: Performance by Gibson Historian John Thomas
- 3:00-4:00: Performance by Jeremy Morton
- 4:30-5:30: Performance by Basement Jazz
- 5:30-6:00 Giveaways
Who’s John Thomas?
We are super excited to have John Thomas on hand for the event! John is an official Gibson Historian and recently wrote the book Kalamazoo Gals: A Story of Extraordinary Women and Gibson’s ‘Banner’ Guitars of WWII. The book will be available at the event and John will be doing a book-signing! More about John and the book…
John is a fingerstyle guitar player. He plays instrumental, acoustic music. His influences range from the blues greats of the 1920s and 1930s to Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, and Jerry Reed. He performs locally and regionally, and internationally.
A School of Law faculty member since 1988, Professor W. John Thomas teaches law and medicine, advanced law and medicine, civil procedure and commercial law. Before teaching at Quinnipiac, he was a litigator for seven years at Miller, Pitt and McAnally in Arizona and Wiggin and Dana in Connecticut. His research interests include health policy, politics, juvenile justice, and mental health treatment.
His recent publications include “Play It Again, Hillary: A Dramaturgical Examination of a Repeat Health Care Plan Performance,” and “Is It Safe to Talk Yet? The Evolution of Electronic Privacy Law.” Professor Thomas is a guitar enthusiast who has performed at regional festivals, on live radio and in various other venues. Some of his music was included in a compilation of New England guitarists.
While researching Gibson’s classic World War II guitars, believed by many to be among its finest guitars ever, Thomas discovered that nearly every craftsman that built those guitars was a craftswoman. His interviews with many of them form the centerpiece of his recent book, “Kalamazoo Gals: A Story of Extraordinary Women and the Gibson’s ‘Banner’ Guitars of WWII” (American History Press 2013). Here is the book’s website: http://www.kalamazoogals.com/.
Here is the site for a related, touring art exhibit: http://www.vintagesteelguitarart.com/
Thomas also frequently publishes articles in magazines devoted to music. To see a sampling, visit this site: http://www.fretboardjournal.com/author/john-thomas
For an overview of Professor Thomas’s music-related projects, see this profile of him in the spring 2011 edition of the online magazine, Guitar Bench: http://www.guitarbench.com/2011/03/02/john-thomas-interview-xrays-and-guitars/
It’s going to be an amazing event. Don’t miss it and spread the word! Any questions please feel free to call us at (406 587-4761.