About

This is the brand new website for The Punta Gorda Guitar Army of Charlotte County, FL – well not ALL of the Guitar Army because there are many that have come and gone, and honestly some that I don’t even know!   It is my intention to use this space as respresentation of a collaborative effort – myself and friends will be updating information on this site as things come up. 

If you have news to share, use the Contact Us form and send it in!  Or, call me (Chris B), or tell me when you see me!

There are many at the park that are not represented on these pages because I simply don’t have their pictures and current events.  It’s a BIG park, and since I’m usually playing, I’m not taking pictures or schmoozing too much…   As their info becomes available, it will be posted, along with any pictures. 

ABOUT THE GUITAR ARMY @ GILCHRIST PARK

It all started a long time ago when several musician friends started playing in Gilchrist Park on a regular basis.  This grew and grew, bringing in even more friends and spectators.  It’s no wonder – Gilchrist Park is a great location!

It has evolved but I believe the core principles are still intact: music, friendship, respect

Every Thursday, rain or shine (really), you’ll find SOMEONE there who wants to play some music.  People show up as early as 6:30 pm and we’ve been know to stay until the wee hours of the morning.  It depends on the night – you just never know.  There’s acoustic old rock, new rock, country, blues, bluegrass, a cappella, etc.

We all spread out and segregate into genre-groups (and sometimes we mingle together) and the spectators (and even some of the musicians) travel from group to group throughout the night. 

As a visiting musician: 

  • If you’d like to come and join us, PLEASE DO!  Please keep in mind that kids come and listen, so we usually omit the curse words when they are around. 
  • 95% of the music is acoustic, out of respect for everyone else playing, and the neighborhood fronting the park.  
  • Drugs will get you arrested, and cause problems for the rest of us.  Please either do them before you come or not at all (preferred)
  • It might be a good idea to walk around a bit and decide who you want to join in with before you haul your gear from your vehicle.
  • The address is Gilchrist Park, 400 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL  http://maps.yahoo.com 
  • Most groups play in a circle, with everyone getting a turn – expect the other musicians to join you and make beautiful music around what you are playing.   This will of course depend on who’s there, and their experience level.
  • If you need to socialize, try to do it outside the circle – it’s hard to play when someone is talking loudly next to you!
  • Bring your hand drum, kazoo, washboard, flute, dulcimer, spoons, etc.  The more the merrier!  If you’re really, really not sure then send a message using the Contact form on this site to clarify (we had bagpipes show up and the neighborhood complained to the police).

 

As a spectator: 

  • When in doubt……BRING A CHAIR

In general:

  • Parking is first come, first served.  Feel free to park in the grass along Retta Esplanade
  • Please DO visit the hot dog stand!
  • You might want to check the weather first.  Rain does cancel out the groups that play in the grass.   We do tend to stay home during hurricanes, but turn right back up the next Thursday.
  • It’s open-container, so bring a cooler or bottle of wine if you like.  As long as you don’t get foolish the police pretty much leave you alone.

 

If you’d like to learn about the history of The Punta Gorda Guitar Army, you can read all about it here:

http://www.makingmusicmag.com/features/07jan02.html

http://www.puntagordablog.com/journal/2007/7/27/jam-night-at-gilchrest-park-punta-gorda.html


 
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