One might be inclined to call it a one-night stand, but with strings attached — an event you’ve never been to before and will most likely never forget.

First of its kind, Guitar Night at The Grand opens tonight in Tracy at 5:30 p.m. for VIP ticket holders, 8 p.m. for general admission.

Not only will you enjoy the modern blues-rock of Walter Trout, who cut his teeth as the lead guitarist for Wilmont Mews, but you’ll also appreciate the sounds of guitarist Eric Gales, whom Carlos Santana describes as “absolutely incredible.”

Before you make your way to your seats, you’ll walk through the gallery opening reception called Resonating Bodies — The Art of Contemporary Lutherie, curated by Jonathon Fellows of Tracy.

“This event is truly amazing and will knock your socks off,” said Kim Scarlata, division manager II of Cultural Arts and Parks and Recreation. “The guitar exhibition explores the craft, creativity and innovations of custom, handmade musical instruments with a focus on guitars.”

“From ancient instrument to cultural icon, the guitar embodies distinction as a work of art created to make music,” she added. “Featuring luthiers working in small studios from across Northern California, the exhibit provides insight into the creative process, as well as showcases numerous finished works.”

Instruments range from acoustic and electric guitars, archtops, basses, mandolins and more.

Guitar Night at the Grand is part of the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts presenting season and a collaborative project between Scarlata, cultural arts manager William Wilson and technical supervisor Brian Foisy.

A silent auction during the event will benefit their School of Rock program and the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts in cooperation with Main Street Music.

Scarlata is a huge fan of the blues.

“Blues music is so soulful. It makes you feel many kinds of emotions and the entertainers we have playing are amazing blues artists!” she said. “This event will be an incredible experience, which includes music, art and the fascinating process of lutherie.”

Fellows, a luthier in Tracy, said attendees will see instruments made from 15 top master luthiers in Northern California, each showcasing one to two instruments.

“I really hope that people will see the talent and the passion of these builders and to recognize that there is such a wealth of skilled craftsmanship in Northern California,” Fellows said.

Born and raised in Rowland Heights, Fellows builds guitars as a hobby. He creates and sells custom guitars on nights and weekends to a customer’s specific requests.

“For me, making guitars is somewhat cathartic. I can focus on just that for a period of time, and renew my mind,” said Fellows, a strategic accounts director for Landsberg Orora.

“The process is so satisfying,” he added. “It is about envisioning the end result, then figuring out the various steps required to achieve that result and working methodically through them. Creating something beautiful and also very functional that did not previously exist is very fulfilling to me.”

Crafting an instrument, he feels, is in the same repertoire as music.

“Music is an art, but it is unique in that the instruments of that art, the tools of making music, can in themselves, also be works of art,” Fellows said.

While VIP tickets are near sold out at $75 a seat, Scarlata said general admission is available at $25.

“This event will give you an incredible insight into the world of guitars and will be an evening you won’t forget,” she said.

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