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The Clinesmith Frypan: A Second Look
The Clinesmith Frypan: A Second Look
September 10, 2019 • Addison Ching • Instruments and Luthiers

Since the original article about Clinesmith Instruments' Frypan steel guitars, several steel [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1956 Bronson Singing Electric
October 1, 2019 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

George Bronson was a lap steel guitar teacher living in Detroit, Michigan who had a line of [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1950's Silvertone Model 1316
November 1, 2019 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

Silvertone was a store brand used by Sears, Roebuck &Company for its line of musical [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1935 Rickenbacher Model A-25 - Black Crinkle Finish
December 1, 2019 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

The Frying Pan lap steel guitar was manufactured by the Rickenbacher Electro Company from [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1955 Magnatone Troubadour G65
January 1, 2020 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

The wood body Model G65 Troubadour was the top of the line lap steel guitar produced by [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1938 Dickerson Tulip
February 5, 2020 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

Dickerson lap steels were made by Delbert Dickerson and are the precursors to Magnatone [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1946 Fender Princeton
March 1, 2020 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

In 1945 Leo Fender and Doc Kauffman founded the K&F Company producing lap steel guitars [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1920's Oscar Schmidt Acoustic Parlor Guitar with Hawaiian Nut Raiser
April 1, 2020 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

The First Hawaiian Conservatory of Music was a marketing tool of the Oscar Schmidt Company [...]

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2023 Festivals and Workshops
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali‘i
February 18, 2023 – Ka Makana Ali‘i Shopping Center, Kapolei

Kona Steel Guitar Festival
March 23-25, 2023 – Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa, Keauhou, Hawai‘i

Kaua‘i Hawaiian Steel Guitar Symposium *
May 3-4, 2023 – Sheraton Coconut Beach Resort, Kapa‘a, Hawai‘i

Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
May 4-6, 2023 – Sheraton Coconut Beach Resort, Kapa‘a, Hawai‘i
May 7, 2023 – Kukui Grove Center, Lihue, Hawai‘i

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall
June 10, 2023 – Windward Mall, Kāne‘ohe

Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week
July 10-15, 2023 – Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī

Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
July 14, 2023 – Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī

Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikīkī Steel Guitar Festival
July 15, 2023 – Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival Keiki Kine at Kāhala Mall
August 19, 2023 – Kahala Mall, Honolulu

2023 Northern California Hawaiian Steel Guitar Symposium *
September 24, 2023 – Odd Fellows Lodge, Cupertino, CA

Maui Steel Guitar Festival
October 14, 2023 – The Shops at Wailea, Wailea, Hawai‘i
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM HST
October 15, 2023 – Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, Kahului, Hawai‘i
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM HST

2023 Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase Livestream Broadcasts

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All broadcasts originate from the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase Facebook Page and YouTube Channel. Festival broadcasts may also stream from the respective festival's Facebook Page.


Livestream Steel Guitar Saturday
January 28, 2023 – 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM HST

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali‘i
February 18, 2023 – 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM HST

Kona Steel Guitar Festival
March 25, 2023 Ho‘olaule‘a concert – 12:00 Noon - 3 PM and 5 PM - 8 PM HST

Livestream Steel Guitar Saturday - Live from Molokai!
April 22, 2023 (tentative) – 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM HST

Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
May 6, 2023 – Ho‘olaule‘a concert – 12:00 Noon - 3 PM and 5 PM - 8 PM HST

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall
June 10, 2023 – 11:30 PM - 4:00 PM HST

Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
July 14, 2023 Ho‘olaule‘a concert – 4PM - 6:30PM HST


Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikīkī Steel Guitar Festival
July 15, 2023 Ho‘olaule‘a concert – 11AM - 2PM and 4:30PM - 6:30PM HST
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival Keiki Kine at Kahala Mall
August 19, 2023 – 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM HST

Livestream Steel Guitar Saturday
September 9, 2023 – 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM HST

Maui Steel Guitar Festival
October 15, 2023 Ho‘olaule‘a concert – Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, – 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM HST

Livestream Steel Guitar Saturday
November 19, 2023 – 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM HST


Other Events
HSGA Virtual Festival 4
February 4, 2023 Facebook LiveYouTube

2023 AISGC Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival *
July 27-29, 2023 – Towne Square Community Center, Winchester, IN
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association (HSGA) 2023 Festival *
September 21-23, 2023 – Odd Fellows Lodge, Cupertino, CA
* Registration Fee Required

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