Events and schedule are subject to change, but here’s what we’ve got in store for you so far! While not complete, all of the following artists are confirmed and will be performing, if your favorites have not been assigned a spot yet this schedule will be updated regularly so stay tuned!

(In no particular order) Frank Vignola, Jimmy Bruno, Howard Alden, Fareed Haque, Bruce Forman, Davy Mooney, Doug Martin, Donovan Raitt, Jocelyn Gould, Jamey Arent, Wayne Wilkinson, Alicyn Yaffee, Jim Nichols, John Storie, Lisa Liu, Mason Razavi, Sean McGowan, Mark Tonelli, Nate Lopez, Paul Asbell, Pat Bergeson, Paul Ricci & Mafalda, Perry Smith, Ron Jackson, Ted Ludwig, Taylor Roberts, Will Brahm, Zakk Jones, David Bailey and a few more TBA…

FRIDAY, SEPT 9th

  • VIP and Luthier Welcome Reception 5:30 – 7:00 (Hilton Garden Inn)
  • Frank Vignola’s Birdland Guitar Band Featuring Jimmy Bruno 7:00 – 8:30 (Hilton Garden Inn, included in RMAF all access admission)
  • Organ Trio Madness with Jeff Jenkins and Todd Reid, featuring Pat Bergeson, Ron Jackson, Jim Nichols, and many more 7:00 – 10:00 (location TBD)
  • Sean McGowan, Donovan Raitt, and more solo and duo performances to be announced 7:00 – 10:00 (Silver Vines winery)
  • Benedetto Guitars Afterglow Jam 9:00 – 11:00 (Hilton Garden Inn)

SATURDAY, SEPT 10th

  • Ken Parker presentation 9:00 am (Hilton Garden Inn)
  • Luthier Exposition 10:00 – 6:00 (Hilton Garden Inn)
  • Tom Nania – Archtop Guitar Dynamics 11:00 am (Hilton Garden Inn)
  • Guitar Demonstrations and performances all day long at Hunter Bay Coffee and Silver Vines Winery, final demo schedule TBA
  • Harkins Movie Theater
    • 11:15 – 12:45 The Chisels are Calling film showing
    • 1:00 – 2:30 Blue Guitars Reunited – See select Blue Guitar collection instruments reunited with their builders!
    • 3:00 – 4:30 The Chisels are Calling film showing
  • Breakout clinic sessions 11:00 – 3:00 (Hilton Garden Inn, clinic schedule provided to All-Access ticket holders)
  • Arvada Economic Development Association Business Appreciation Event (All-Access ticket holders, Arvada Center Amphitheater)
    • Reception with Taylor Roberts 5:30 – 6:30
    • Paul Ricci and Mafalda Minnozzi 7:15 – 8:00
    • Benedetto Guitars All-Star Band 8:15 – 9:45
  • Gypsy Jazz Stage featuring Lisa Liu and Michael Joseph Harris 6:00 – 8:00 (Keller Williams Realty)
  • Tom Ribbecke Celebration 7:00 – 8:30 (Silver Vines)
  • Bruce Forman’s Grumps TV Live! 8:00 – 9:30 (All-Access ticket holders, separate tickets available, Olde Town Pickin Parlor)
  • Fareed Haque 9:00 – 10:00 (location TBA)
  • Benedetto Guitars Afterglow Jam 9:00 – 11:00 (Hilton Garden Inn)

SUNDAY SEPT 11th

  • Howard Paul – History of the Archtop Guitar 9:00 am
  • Luthier Exposition 10:00 – 4:00
  • Guitar Demonstrations and artist performances all day long at Hunter Bay Coffee and Silver Vines Winery, final demo schedule TBA
  • Breakout clinic sessions 11:00 – 3:00 (Hilton Garden Inn, clinic schedule provided to All-Access ticket holders)
  • Harkins Movie Theater
    • 11:15 – 12:45 The Chisels are Calling film showing
    • 1:00 – 2:30 Snoozer Quinn: Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Pioneer – Dan Sumner and Steve Howell will present their book on this enigmatic legend.
    • 3:00 – 4:30 The Chisels are Calling film showing
  • The Blue Guitars public display 2:30 – 5:30 at the Olde Town Pickin Parlor – the whole collection for the first time since the Smithsonian!
  • Open Jazz-Jam Hang at La Dulce Vida coffee featuring the Doug Roche Trio 3:00 – 6:00
  • Finale Concert featuring the New West Guitar Group 6:00 – 8:00 (in Olde Town Arvada, location TBA)

Joining the festival for 2022 are some new attractions:

  • The famous Blue Guitar Collection will be making its first ever touring appearance at the Rocky Mountain Archtop Festival.  In 1995 famed guitar collector Scott Chinery commissioned 22 of the world’s premier luthiers to build a blue archtop guitar. The collection has been on exhibit at the Smithsonian and was most recently purchased by The Archtop Foundation, whose mission is to promote the art, understanding and continued development of the archtop guitar. The Archtop Festival will feature a performance and discussion forum with the attending luthiers whose work is a part of this historic collection. More information available at https://archtop.org/ and you can follow the Blue Guitars on Instagram @theblueguitars
  • The film “The Chisels Are Calling” will have its Colorado premier at the Harkins Arvada movie theater during the Archtop Festival. This feature-length documentary film featuring David Grisman, Ben Harper, Mark Knopfler and others, is a profile of John Monteleone, one of the world’s greatest guitar builders and a living artist on permanent exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 “It was like meeting Stradivari,” recalls acclaimed musician Mark Knopflerwho partakes in the film alongside the likes of musical luminaries David Grisman, Ben Harper and Frank Vignola, among others. John Monteleone: The Chisels Are Calling looks beyond the technical aspects of the cherished lutherie and examines the life, passion, talent and unique approach Monteleone takes to his art.

  • Snoozer Quinn: Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Pioneer – Dan Sumner and Steve Howell will be presenting their new book! For the first time ever, a book devoted to exploring the biography and musicianship of the enigmatic early jazz musician Snoozer Quinn has been made available to the public.  Since his passing in 1949, the legend of Edward “Snoozer” Quinn and copies of his rare deathbed recordings have been passed along through generations of serious guitarists like treasured secrets of an exclusive society. Truly a musician’s musician, Snoozer’s marvelous abilities have been extolled by his contemporaries who heard him play, and those who came after — including such luminaries as Les Paul, Eddie Lang, Danny Barker, Frankie Trumbauer, and Bing Crosby. He performed with Paul Whiteman, Louis Armstrong, the Dorsey brothers and many other leading musicians of the 1920s and 1930s, as well as country musician Jimmie Davis. But disfigured from birth and plagued by illness, Snoozer Quinn rejected the “big time” and lived out his short life in rural Louisiana. Working mostly before the era of amplification and the widespread acceptance of jazz guitar as a lead instrument, solo recordings he made for Victor Records in 1928 were never released. Quinn would have faded into obscurity were it not for Johnny Wiggs who, in 1949, captured Quinn’s solo guitar jazz style for posterity. Quinn was in a tuberculosis ward at New Orleans’ Charity Hospital when Wiggs recorded him, shortly before he died at age 42. Even today, the performance of a dying man gives pause to musicians who wonder how he achieved his unusual sound. These recordings are vital to Quinn’s legacy, and that they only offer a hint of his talent and technique is both marvelous and tragic. “Snoozer employed a unique approach to guitar technique to achieve the illusion of multiple guitars playing at once,” says co-author Dan Sumner, a Louisiana-based guitarist, arranger, educator, and music producer. “He played with the fingers of his right hand, not with a pick. His right-hand technique seems to have its roots in the country blues tradition rather than the classical guitar tradition…. he used combinations of adjacent open strings (usually diatonic to the key, but not always) as a way to keep the harmonic rhythm moving while he was shifting his left hand to a different playing position.” Sumner includes eight transcriptions of Snoozer’s featured solo work from the hospital recordings, in notation and tablature, as well as discussion of Snoozer’s guitar technique, chord voicings, and musical language.
  • In the week leading up to the Archtop Festival, Frank Vignola is bringing his Big Jersey Guitar Camp to Colorado for the first time ever!  Join Frank Vignola and friends at the Hilton Garden Inn in Arvada for a 4-day guitar intensive workshop to improve your playing.  Immerse yourself in ensemble jams, master classes and Q&A sessions with the pros! Beginner, intermediate and advanced students are welcome. There are still some spots available, details at https://www.bigjerseyguitarcamps.com/denver-2022
  • Tom Nania will be presenting his work, Archtop Guitar Dynamicsthe first comprehensive acoustical analysis of the archtop guitar along with his current work in mapping the acoustic signatures of historic and benchmark fretted instruments. Tom Nania is a guitar maker and instrument acoustics researcher. Tom graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Astronomy from Indiana University South Bend. Tom is an Affiliated Scholar with the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at IUSB, where he worked in an acoustics lab specializing in the design and fabrication of piezoelectric transducers for the PICO astrophysics research group. Tom studied guitar making at the Galloup School of Guitar Building and Repair and is co-proprietor of House of Luthiery along with his wife, Becca. Tom’s research of archtop guitar acoustics, Archtop Guitar Dynamics, was published in 2021 by The Violin Society of America Paper. Tom recently joined instrument string maker, D’Addario, as an Acoustics Engineer. Tom has worked as a consultant or collaborator with Joseph Curtin Studios, Galloup Guitars, Bourgeois Guitars, Nugget Mandolins, and NS Designs.