Air Guitar Alberta makes its debut June 1st at Bo’s Bar & Grill in Red Deer.

Red Deer is the first event of the Alberta Air Guitar season followed by Medicine Hat and Stony Plain. Last year, Red Deer crowned their first official champ – Kaje ‘Sista Fista’ Annihilatrix. She will be back to defend her title and take on all those who come to challenge. It is bound to be another amazing night of wild performances and costumes.

However, this year will be different for one very notable reason, we are short one of our own. You will surely recall the outlandishly over the top Joel “Hand Solo” Zak. Last year, just before Christmas, we learned that he had taken his own life, leaving us all incredibly heart broken. Joel had been part of the Alberta Air Guitar scene since its inception, and as a tribute to him and his friendship, this year’s Red Deer Air Guitar Championship will be held in his honour.  Joel was our  3rd place hero. We call him that because he placed 3rd in Alberta both years he competed and then again at Nationals when he entered the Dark Horse competition. On June 1st, the proceeds of the event will be donated to Suicide Information and Education. Please help us celebrate Joel and make a meaningful donation to this important service that helps those who suffer from mental health crisis.

Joel first entered Air Guitar as a favour to Alberta organizer Tyler ‘Cat Friday’ Gardner, to help him out when he was just getting his first event off the ground. Always the giving friend, Joel never even hesitated. Like most ‘real’ guitar players, Joel thought Air Guitar was kind of ridiculous, but he knew how much Tyler loved it and being the best kind of friend, he was instantly on board.

Air Guitar Red Deer is stoked to have BANGER BINGO, the most heavily sought after glam metal bingo troupe this side of the world opening the night. And closing the night is none-other then local rock super stars: TIGERMILK.

Judging The night will be Returning Veteran Air Guitar and local Radio DJ Judge Peter Michaels. This will be the 3rd time Peter has Judged the Competition.

Next to him will be Dale Zak. Dale is Hand Solo’s father and an incredibly talented musician himself

The busiest person of the night might be Dylan Cave. Along with being a judge he is also manning the sound booth, and plays Drums Tiger Milk who will be closing the night! Dylan is also owner and Pittmaster at the Red Boar Smokery.

Finally, we have Chris Pearce. Chris is a traveling craft vendor known as Ragnar the Trader that creates and sells various Viking items, his specialty is the drinking horn.

The 5th and final judges seat will be live auctioned off on the spot. The winner will sit on the panel and help decide who moves on to Nationals.

Don’t hesitate – 1-min of Air Guitar might win you a trip to Toronto to compete at the Air Guitar Canada National Championships on July 15th for your chance to become the Canadian Champion and travel to Oulu, Finland for the Air Guitar World Championships.

REGISTER TO COMPETE or show up the night of and try your hand at the Brave Souls Round. All competitors are provided 1-2 complimentary Collective Arts Beers.

BUY YOUR TICKETS in advance and make your contribution to the charity. Do it for Joel.

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