Some press releases - and the photos that accompany them - just speak for themselves:
Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Subject: U.S. Air Guitar Championships
The 2005 US Air Guitar Championships
Thursday, July 14, 2005
The Key Club
9039 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA
The 3rd annual US Air Guitar Championships are completing the search for America’s next air guitar master. Regional heats were held this year in New York, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Austin, Boston and Asheville, N.C.
The seven regional winners are competing in Los Angeles next week for the American crown.
2003 AIR GUITAR WORLD CHAMPION
David “C-Diddy” Jung
The U.S. Air Guitar Championships has grown from two cities to seven. The event has been covered in numerous TV, radio and print outlets, including CNN, Newsweek, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, Rolling Stone, the BBC and many more. Champions have appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Howard Stern, ABC’s Switched! and more.
A feature documentary about the US Air Guitar Championships is being produced by Magical Elves, producers of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and HBO’s “Project Greenlight”; Adirondack Pictures; and Anna Barber.
Winners of each regional market will be flown to LA next week to compete for the title crown of US Air Guitar Champion, where he or she will compete against the other regional champions for the right to defend America's honor in the World Air Guitar Championships, held in Oulu, Finland in August.
This year the USA is at the verge of making global air guitar history. In their first two years, the US national champs won the Air Guitar World Championships, held every year in Oulu, Finland. With another win, the USA will become the first nation to “three-peat” this exciting event.
Last year, Brooklyn native MiRi “Sonyk-Rok” Park captured the US title and went on to defeat the world’s best – including her mentor and 2003 US champ David “C-Diddy” Jung – in Finland. “In a time of global uncertainty, we are demonstrating that there is at least one area in which the USA can dominate without controversy – air guitar,” said event co-founder Kriston Rucker. “But now that we’re on the map, all the other national champs will be gunning to relieve us of the crown.”
Fellow founder Cedric Devitt added, “As the competition enters its third year and adds more regional events, it seems that American air guitar is coming out of it’s infancy and is finally being accepted as a serious competition.”
RULES OF COMPETITION
Contestants perform for one minute to a song of their choice and are judged on a combination of technical prowess, stage presence and “airness.”
“What we mean by that,” said Devitt, “is really that elusive quality of transcending the imitation of an art form – i.e. playing guitar - and creating a new art form – air guitar.”
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