Specific performance, demo and clinic schedule will be released closer to the show dates. The guitar expo will be open 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday, and 10:00 to 4:00 on Sunday. Music performances begin Friday night and continue through Sunday evening, with clinics and presentations throughout the weekend.

Joining the festival for 2022 are three exciting 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.

  • 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