Concerts 2019


The Music of Woodstock 50 Years Later / Thursday, Aug. 22 and Sat., Aug 24, 2019

Brooklyn Bowl and The Colony // Doors at 7 Show at 8 pm

For countless guitarists, Woodstock was a life-changing experience. Now fifty years later AGS brings together some of our era's most compelling improvising guitarists to seek new vistas with this powerful, epochal music. The times call for it! Peace, Love, Adventure, Funk, Surprise.


Joel Harrison and Grateful Havens:

Music of Richie Havens and The Grateful Dead

Nels Cline Plays Santana

Brandon Seabrook Plays The Who and Ten Years After (Aug.22 only)

Vernon Reid Plays Janis Joplin plus Sly Stone

Marc Ribot plays Hendrix plus Canned Heat (Aug. 22 only)

Scott Metzger plays The Who (Aug 24 only)
Each musician will play a half hour set, and then there will be a set of surprise collaborations

Other musicians include: Brian Marsella (organ), Chris Lightcap (bass), Josh Dion (drums), Cedric Easton (dr), Elizabeth Pupo Walker (perc.), Mauro Refosco (perc.) Keith Fluitt (vc), Nicki Richards (vc), Everett Bradley (vc), Heather Masse and Timothy Hill (vc. Aug.24)


Thursday, August 22nd
Brooklyn Bowl: 8 pm $25/35 /VIP $60
61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249


Saturday, August 24th
The Colony: 8 pm $40
22 Rock City Rd, Woodstock, NY 12498


Honoring Ralph Towner / Monday, March 25th, 2019

DROM in New York, NY // Show at 7:30 pm

Every year we honor living improvisers and composers who have changed the world of guitar. Ralph Towner is our 2019 honoree. Six very different performers will play their own versions of his compositions and Joel Harrison will interview Towner from the stage.

Towner is one of the only improvising players to have focused specifically on the nylon string guitar and has hence developed a signature language. He combines background in classical, jazz, and folk idioms with uncommon grace. His compositions are gorgeous, lyrical, packed with subtle drama and cagey surprise. His career spans more than forty years. and he is best known as the lead composer, guitarist, and keyboardist for the acoustic jazz ensemble "Oregon." Towner has also collaborated with Gary Burton, John Abercrombie, and Keith Jarrett. His groups, such as Oregon, essentially defined "chamber jazz" before the term existed.


Nels Cline

Gyan Riley

Leni Stern

Ben Monder

Brad Shepik

Vic Juris

Joel Harrison

Each artist will play in duo or trio settings with a variety of accompanists. Guests include Uri Caine, Erik Friedlander, Anupam, Shobhakar, Dan Weiss, Michael Formanek, Alan Mednard, Jasper Dutz, Jon Hadfield, Mamadou Ba, and More

85 Avenue A, New York, NY


Ralph Towner / March 27th and 28th, 2019

The Jazz Standard in New York, NY

The Jazz Standard 
116 E. 27th St. New York, NY

“When Nels Cline and Fred Frith played their first public duet it didn’t always sound like guitar music. It sounded, at times, like a sanitation truck’s trash compactor, like a collapsing carillon, like a slowed down train wreck. That’s the beauty of the Alternative Guitar festival…which features guitarists who don’t just pick and strum.”

- Jon Pareles, The New York Times

Nels Cline and Fred Frith: 01-18-14 SubCulture (2014 The Alternative Guitar Summit)