We wanted to mention to Gretsch fans living or traveling to the Chicago area that Fred W. Gretsch, the fourth-generation representative of the Gretsch Family, will make a rare personal appearance at the Chicago Music Exchange on Thursday, October 1 to celebrate his 50th year in the music business.
In addition to meeting fans and signing autographs, Fred will talk about the history of the Gretsch Company (which had offices in Chicago from the 1920s through the ’60s), the instruments the company makes, and the artists that have played those instruments over the past several decades.
There’ll also be musical performances, starting with Todd Taylor, who holds the Guinness World Record as “the world’s fastest banjo player.” Then guitar star Paul Pigat and his band Cousin Harley will play an eclectic set of rockabilly, country, swing, and blues. Drummer Jesse Cahill will anchor the trio on a great Gretsch drumkit. The event starts at 6:00 p.m., with product giveaways throughout the evening.