Photo by Kyle “Sweetness” Payton

Think you can shred like Yngwie Malmsteen? Have fingers as dextrous as Steve Vai? Looking to be Sacramento’s next Joe Satriani? As luck would have it, you don’t need a guitar, just a good imagination and an ability to make goofy faces and stage poses while rocking out to your favorite song selection. At press time, confirmed judges for this year’s Air Guitar Championship May 21 at Starlite Lounge include Ben Bradley (operations director at California Cannabis Industry Association and Mansion Flats Block Party Organizer), Jody Collins (who judged last year’s fiesta) and yours truly. The US Air Guitar Championship started in 2003, but last year was Sacramento’s first annual Air Guitar Championship Qualifier and the contestants were mind-boggling, to say the very least. The hosts for the night’s festivities are Ben “Rockus Airelius” Thomas along with the also ridiculously nicknamed Kyle “Sweetness” Payton. Along with cash prizes, the top two air guitarists can earn a spot at the US Air Guitar National Finals! Are you tough enough? Visit to enter or come out to watch the madness starting at 9:30 p.m.

    Eddie Jorgensen

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