MCGS Swap Meet

Location: 1905 Monroe St, Madison, WI 53711, USA
Steve Puntillo would like to host a guitar-themed swap meet on Sunday, August 21st from 3-7 at his store: Paragon Video and Stereo - 1905 Monroe St! Bring anything you're interested in trading. Stands, music, microphones, tuners, recording gear, under-appreciated guitars - anything you think that someone else might find useful! Stop by and search for some inspiration for your next project!  

We've just learned of a fantastic upcoming concert on Thursday, July 21st featuring 3 exceptional young guitarists!  With several competition accolades to their collective credit, they've already achieved great things.  Please come see them if you have the opportunity.

MCGS is very fortunate to be able to host Juanito Pascual and the New Flamenco Trio at the beutiful Atrium Auditorium at the First Unitarian society. This is an amazing and dynamic group of performers in the middle of a national tour and definitely a concert not to be missed! Please like and watch this space for updates.
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Requested donation: $20. $10 for current MCGS members and students. Special thanks to Lakeside Street Coffee House for sponsoring this event!

The Madison Classical Guitar Society welcomes guitar professor and masterful performer Rene Izquierdo on Thursday March 10th. The Gates of Heaven in James Madison Park is an intimate venue to see an amazing performer up close. The concert itself will be free, though donations are certainly encouraged. We're using this concert as part of our 2016 membership drive and will be offering a reduced price of $20 for a one-year membership, an offer available only at this event. 

Gates of Heaven, James Madison Park
302 E Gorham St, Madison, Wisconsin 53703

More information on Rene and his many accomplishments can be found on his website.

Steve Puntillo will be hosting the next installment of our popular "Casual Club" meetings at Paragon Video and Stereo (1905 Monroe St, Madison, WI 53711) on Monday, February 1st at 7:30. Please mark your calendar, and I hope to see some of you there!

Casual Club events are a series of privately hosted (non-public) meet-ups. We'd like to offer MCGS members who are a little nervous or don't feel that they're quite ready for the public performance spotlight a chance to work through some pieces (or parts of pieces) and to get advice, support, and inspiration from the group. All skill levels welcome and encouraged to share! The point is that we'd like these to be about our members making music and talking shop in a welcoming environment.

2016 Lakeside Street Guitar Showcase dates:

The Lakeside Street Classical Guitar Showcase events continue into 2016! To avoid conflicts with other standing bookings at Lakeside, we unfortunately won't have the same, consistent, every-other-week rhythm all year that we've enjoyed in the past, but they're still on Friday and we still have two of them most months. We've learned through experience that competing with another event in the other room doesn't work well for either event, so please note the following dates and mark your calendars! Please "like" our public Facebook page, watch this space for future updates, and sign up for our mailing list.

Jan 8 / 22
Feb 5 / 19
Mar 11 / 25
April 8 / 22
May - NONE
June 3 / 17
July 15 / 29
Aug 12 / 26
Sept 9 / 23
Oct 14 / 28
Nov 11
Dec 16 / 30

About the Classical Guitar Showcase:
The Madison Classical Guitar Society (MCGS) hosts a night of member performances "open mic style" on select Fridays. These events give our members a chance to get some practice playing some beautiful music in public, and gives the community a chance to hear some truly great performances. Lakeside Street has great selection of beer, wine, food. This is NOT your normal open mic! There is so much talent at these shows! The performers start at 7.

402 W. Lakeside Street
Madison, WI 53715

MCGS will be hosing renowned guitarist and composer Fareed Haque this Sunday (the 22nd) at Lakeside Street Coffeehouse. The show starts at 7:30. Admission is $20 at the door for the general public, but MCGS members and students will be discounted to $10. Proceeds will be shared with Fareed and donations are always appreciated.  Fareed has a diverse pallate of technical abilities spanning classical and jazz techniques. His original compositions and arrangements are sure to amaze!