2018 – 2019 Concerts & Events

Note: This is a previous season concert. The current season is 2019-2020.

East Coast Guitar Expo

Vendors … Buy, Sell, Trade

Time & Place
September 29 – 30, 2018 (Sat – Sun)
700 Conference Center Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Guitar Expo $10/day
Guitar Expo & Concert $15
Concert Only $15

Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music is helping sponsor the East Coast Guitar Festival, which will take place September 29 & 30, 2018 at the Chesapeake Conference Center. The expo will feature over 30 vendors and Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music will present Master Guitar builder Wayne Henderson in concert Saturday night opened by Acredale.

Sat, Sep 29th 10am – 6pm Guitar Expo
  7pm (6:15 seating) Wayne Henderson Concert
      opened by Acredale
Sun, Sep 30th 10am – 4pm Guitar Expo

Wayne Henderson

Wayne Henderson


Wayne Henderson’s top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia. His guitar playing has also been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of Masters of the Steel-String Guitar, and in seven nations in Asia.

In addition to his reputation as a guitarist, Henderson is a luthier of great renown. He is a recipient of a 1995 National Heritage Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. He produces about 20 instruments a year, mostly guitars; he is almost as well-known for the mandolins he has made. Good friend Doc Watson owned a Henderson mandolin. He said, “That Henderson mandolin is as good as any I've had my hands on. And that's saying a lot, because I’ve picked up some good ones.”

Some of Henderson’s instruments are intricately decorated but are most respected for their volume, tone, and resonance. Blues guitarist John Cephas said that Wayne Henderson “is probably the most masterful guitar maker in this whole United States.” There is a waiting list for Henderson's guitars made up of the famous (and not-so-famous).

Above and beyond his great talents as a musician and luthier, Wayne Henderson is known as a “friend to everyone” and shares his talents and knowledge unselfishly.

The Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition was established in 1995 to express appreciation for this living legend. A portion of the proceeds from the Festival are placed into a scholarship fund to aid local young musicians in continuing their educations. Through the 2016 festival, scholarships totaled more than $160,500.