Join us on Saturday, September 9, 2017 as we gather to celebrate 100 years of guitar history at the legendary 225 Parsons Street factory. In honor of this milestone there will be live music, tours of the building (including a tour of the current Heritage Guitars production facility), an exhibit featuring historical artifacts, a hands-on guitar experience, play area featuring inflatables for children, complimentary refreshments, and more! At 3:30PM, join us at the stage for a very special State of the Factory address where we'll share information on the past, present, and very exciting future of the building.
WHO: You, your family, and friends!
WHAT: A celebration in honor of our historic home.
WHERE: 225 Parsons Street Kalamazoo, MI 49007 - South Parking Lot
WHEN: Saturday, September 9, 2017 • 11:00AM - 6:00PM • State of the Factory address at 3:30PM
COST: FREE ADMISSION
PARKING: Free parking will be available along Scudder Court and in our North Lot at the corner of Edwards and Bush.
[ 11:30AM - 12:30PM ]
Jake Kershaw is the 16 year old guitar slinging, blues/rock singing teenager out of Southern Michigan everyone is talking about. You can find Jake performing just about anywhere from Muskegon to the Ohio, Indiana State line and all points in between. Recently, Jake signed and endorsement deal with Heritage and had a custom guitar made with his name inlayed in the fretboard. You'll thank us after you hear this kid make his guitar sing!
[ 12:30PM - 1:00PM ]
Shelby Lentz has been named Miss Greater Kalamazoo, and when you meet her you immediately know why. This determined young woman doesn't let anything stand in her way and faces every challenge with a sparkling smile. Her music is honest and from the heart. Shelby shows off her custom translucent black Heritage guitar performing across the Midwest.
[ 1:00PM - 2:00PM ]
Paul draws a lot of influence from American roots music. He has a background firmly planted in blues and found the folky country songwriting style of writers like Gram Parsons, Jason Isbell, and Jackson Browne really lit a fire inside him for telling stories through song. Paul is a seasoned guitar player with his roots in the farmlands of southern Indiana.
[ 2:00PM - 2:30PM ]
Rendal is a legend at 225 Parsons Street. Rendal worked for Gibson for over 20 years and has been with Heritage for the past 32 years. His father starred in the long running television series "Rem Wall and the Green Valley Boys," which Rendal often appeared on. Each week, he makes his rounds performing at various nursing homes around the Kalamazoo area. It's a true honor to have Rendal and his friends perform for us on this special day.
WILD BILL DURKIN
[ 2:30PM - 3:30PM ]
Nashville based native New Yorker, Wild Bill Durkin, has shared songs, stages and subway cars with Blues Traveler, The Spin Doctors and Joan Osborne. Wild Bill Durkin has been playing Heritage guitars exclusively for 26 years, still using the original H- 550 T guitar. Wild Bill also sports the very first two, Heritage tattoos, now well faded. This show marks Wild Bill Durkin’s, “official return” to live performance, after a ten-year career as a firefighter in Tennessee. This Centennial show will feature a few original songs specific to 225 Parsons Street, Kalamazoo and Heritage Guitar. Wild Bill Durkin and his band are known for upbeat, high energy live shows and engaging audience interaction.
STATE OF THE FACTORY
[ 3:30PM - 4:00PM ]
At this time, representatives from PlazaCorp, Heritage Guitars, and public officials will be speaking on the past, present, and future of the 225 Parsons Street building.
[ 4:00PM - 6:00PM ]
At 15 years old, Sammy Melchi (unintentionally) knows how to make players twice his age bow their head in shame. Sammy has truly grown up around 225 Parsons Street, often visiting his friends at the factory. His unique style of playing (he plays a custom Heritage left-handed guitar, set up like a right-handed guitar) doesn't hinder his playing. Sammy is a true natural with the ability to play anything from blues to jazz to modern rock.