Guitar Festival in Paracho, August 2 to 9, 2009
Paracho de Verduzco in Michoacan, is the Guitar Capital of Mexico. The small town located about half an hour north of Uruapan on Highway 37, has a population of about 16,500. The whole town is involved in the guitar industry, there are small factories and storefronts dedicated to the production of guitars and or guitar parts in all streets.
There are also workshops and shops for harps, cellos, bass’, rock guitars, and other instruments made of wood all hand-made
CIDEG, Centro para la Investigacion y Desarrollo de la Guitarra (Center for the Investigation and Development of the Guitar) was founded in 1994. It is located about two blocks from the main plaza. It has a museum, a concert hall (free classical guitar concerts) and a school. Widely known great concert performers as Pepe Romero, Manuel Barrueco, Pavel Steidl, John Williams, Carlos Bonell, Julio César Oliva, among others have performed in this scenario.
Michoacan government, Casa de la Cultura and CIDEG will celebrate the Guitar Festival in Paracho August 2nd to 9th. Festivities will include concerts, regional dance presentations, guitar making contests, exhibits and guitar performing contest.
There will be great concerts at CIDEG, as follows:
Monday 7.30 pm Norman Ruiz & Jeffrey Warren from US.
Tuesday 7.30 pm Simone Iannarelli from Italy.
Wednesday 7.30 pm Daniel Morgade from Uruguay.
There is also a luthier’s contest during the festival. Categories are usually divided into concert, popular and guitars used for learning how to play the instrument.
Jose Luis Navarro, Francisco N., Geronimo Amezcua, Abel García, Miguel Cano, Abelino Cacari, Gildardo Monroy are some of the known luthiers in Paracho, see their pics and some beautiful Paracho photos at Hecho en Paracho website.