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Mass Appeal Guitars: Guitarists Unite and Perform in Union Square NYC on June 21st

In Association with Union Square Partnership and Make Music New York, hosted and sponsored by Guitar World's Acoustic Nation, Martin Guitar, TECH 21 and NYC Guitar School.

Special on-site only giveaway by our sponsor, Martin Guitar. Enter for your chance to win your very own Martin D-28 Guitar plus other super cool giveaways!

The first featured performance begins at 4:45pm with Alex Skolnick ( and his world music act, Planetary Coalition, including some special surprise guests! Perhaps best known for his role in the celebrated metal band Testament, this project shows another side of this masterful player. Planetary Coalition is an ethnically flavored collective of diverse musicians that is funded through ArtistShare and features musicians and musical influences from all over the world. More at ( and

Then at 5:30pm the play-along begins!

The final featured performance will get underway at 6:00pm featuring Wise Girl ( Wise Girl’s sound combines indie and pop with a touch of folk for a sound that draws
influences from classic ’60s pop groups like The Drifters and The Supremes, both favorites of frontwoman Abby Weitz. The band is about to release their forthcoming sophomore EP Sing Me To Sleep on July 1.


Saturday, June 21st


STEP ONE: RSVP for the jam (it is FREE) by clicking the RSVP button on the top right of this page. You can also share this link if you'd like to help spread the word


Song charts and video tutorials are here! You'll find these by clicking the "more" tab above, and then "files" to download the songs, which will include songs by Imagine Dragons, Paramore, Green Day, Taylor Swift, and more! Listen to the songs and practice, practice, practice! If you're available, sign up for one of the free practice sessions we've scheduled!

Songs and Song Leaders:

Imagine Dragons - Radioactive: Led by Tia and The Cool Kids of NYC Rock Guitar and Vocal Teacher Jamie Garamella and Vocal Students

Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me: Led by Craig Kierce of The NYC Guitar Group

Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Led by Jay Moran of VH1

Paramore - The Only Exception: Led by Laura Whitmore (Editor of Acoustic Nation ( of Women's International Music Network (

Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down: Led by Shane Chapman (director of Online Services NYC Guitar School and frontman of Brooklyn band Anacortes (

Passenger - Let Her Go: Led by NYC artist Dorit (

Lenny Kravitz - Fly Away: Led by Brooklyn band The Good Good ( with rock stars in waiting NYC Guitar School's Thomas Zottos and Theo Charlesworth

Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl: Led by NYC band Wise Girl (

STEP THREE: Tell ALL your friends to either come play guitar with you or come and join the fun.

STEP FOUR: SHOW UP at Union Square on Saturday, June 21st.

Bring your guitar! There will be space for a couple of hundred guitarists to sit on the steps for the performance, but feel free to bring a chair or stool if you want. Other optional bring alongs include a music stand and sunscreen!Come at 4pm for exhibits from Guitar World's Acoustic Nation PLUS extra practice sessions with NYC Guitar School.

4:00pm Check in and Small Practice Groups

4:45pm Alex Skolnick and Planetary Coalition perform

5:30pm The Play Along Begins!!

6:00pm Wise Girl Performs

6:45pm We Give Away the Martin Guitar and a 10 Week NYCGS Class

6:50pm Wise Girl Leads the Final Play Along Song

7:00pm Event Ends

Questions? Want to volunteer? E-mail