U.S. Air Guitar Championships | San Diego Events

Part rock show, part improv, all without the hassle of real guitars!

US Air Guitar allows ordinary people to become the legendary rock stars they were born to be! Local competitors give us their best air guitar performances, being judged on technical merit, stage presence, and AIRNESS, to crown one winner to move on to the US Air Guitar National Finals!

When:  Saturday, April 30, 2022 - doors open at 8pm

Where:  The Merrow - 1271 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103

Tickets: are on sale HERE

Founded in 2003, US Air Guitar is the official Air Guitar Association of the United States and is responsible for operating the US Air Guitar Championships and other official local and private events. US Air Guitar is devoted to taking our nation’s unofficial pastime out of the bedroom and putting it up on the world stage. US Air Guitar is an official member of the World Air Guitar Association. Entering its fifteenth year in the US and its twenty-second year worldwide, official national championships currently are held in up to 24 countries around the globe including the USA, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom, with new countries participating every year. The 2017 Air Guitar World Championships will take place this August 25th in Oulu, Finland.

“It is for good reason that competitive air guitar is widely considered the purest form of human entertainment. By making the heart of the matter invisible—by objectifying nothing—air guitar derives its legitimacy not from some received expectation of cultural value, but rather from the mere presence of the people gathered to bear witness. The competitors, the judges, and the crowd are the only proof that this event even exists. And as a result, its meaning is purely subjective. Every air guitar is an empty vessel, resistant to banal interpretation. And thus, impossible to destroy.”

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