Country, rock, jazz, you name it, Guitar Masters is an experience unlike any other with a variety of artists playing monthly. It offers a little bit of everything for everyone.
Guitar Masters is a concert series that hosts master guitarists from around the world. Rick Kreiser, president of Carney’s Business Technology Center and mastermind behind the series, said, “You don’t have to be famous to perform; you just have to be very, very good.”
While most of the guitarists are multiple-Grammy winners, and some even Oscar winners for soundtracks, not all of them are superstars in the music world.
“You never have to worry if the artists are going to be any good or not,” Kreiser said. “I try to select musicians that are entertainers as well as quality musicians.”
Kreiser has been leading Guitar Masters since he founded the concert series back in 2011. Since then, he and his team have put on 44 shows. They promise 10 shows this year and no two are ever the same.
March will bring the California Guitar Trio to Bakersfield on March 16 and Acoustic Eidolon on March 30. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 both days.
With most of the concerts being held at the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame, which seats 250 people, you get a close, intimate experience with each show. Since it’s more of a listening room than a concert hall, the hall also offers better acoustics than you would get in any other venue.
The guitarists have been handpicked by Kreiser to give an excellent performance to an appreciative crowd. These shows are meant to give everyone, including the artists, a civilized show experience where everyone is attentive.
Guitar Masters is not meant to be just an amazing show for the people of Bakersfield, but also for the artists who come in from across the nation.
Kreiser goes above and beyond to make sure that the artists leave with a positive impression of Bakersfield.
When the guitarists come to town for a show, he helps them experience the best of Bakersfield. He has all the artists, no matter who they are, stay at the Padre Hotel and takes them out to restaurants in town that you wouldn’t find anywhere else, like Uricchio’s Trattoria or Noriega’s.
“My part is to show them that this is more than just a country-western town and it’s more than just a stop on the highway,” Kreiser said. ￼