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Malibu Guitar Fest: One Weekend of Hot Licks and Fun Kicks!

All Photos by Billy Bennight for The Los Angeles Beat

The 3rd Annual Malibu Guitar Festival  proved to be as eventful and intimate as in previous years bringing amazing talent and philanthropy together into a beautiful and harmonious nexus with fashion, art and most of all music. The charities that benefited form this year’s music festival outing were Emily Shane FoundationTheraSurf and Karl LaDue Wodakota Foundation. Fashion kicked it all off with a special runway benefit curated by Valentina Castellani​ featuring the designs of by rock and roll designer and stylist J Gerard Design, “Lady J”, BU UV Sun Wear with top Italian couture lines Luisa Spagnoli and Twin Set/Simona Barbieri at CURE Spa Malibu. Malibu Guitar Fest had 4 days to cook up some seriously delicious musical moments!

The main headliners with The Door’s Robby Krieger, Steve Vai and Mick Fleetwood. Each day had a legendary music performer headlining each night. Thursday’s charity kick-off had Robby Krieger with Daryl Jones, Vince Wilburn Jr., Lili Haydn and most surprising renowned guitarist Waddy Wachtel. On Friday was the “Hot Licks” night where the noise got kicked way up with monstrous guitarist Steve Vai who performed Led Zepplin covers with Zepparella. Nik West put on a fierce showcase of her hi energy Funk that shook the house too. Friday night burned white-hot with the Rock! Saturday was a full day of music with notable new bands like: Hollis Brown, The Soft White Sixties and WRENN. Kenneth Brain and The Buzz Wizards Featuring Cleto Escobedo held down the main stage till Mick Fleetwood Blues band closed out the night. The most memorable quote came when Mick declared that he would have really liked to have been in The Rolling Stones. You never expect to hear such a thing, when the man himself has been a profound success and has his own legendary status with Fleetwood Mac. But such things are relative within the human experience I guess. Sunday followed with an easy morning brunch featuring Andy Babiuk recounting amazing details of The Rolling Stones career with rare insights and obscure knowledge based off of his book Rolling Stones Gear: All the Stones’ Instruments from Stage to Studio. The brunch feature Steve Ferrone’s Coffee Shop Trio, Brooke Halpin and The Tearaways. It was a great mix of food, music and top-notch story telling that closed out this installment of the Malibu Guitar Fest. I have provide a full photo gallery for your viewing pleasure. Here’s to number 4!

Full Malibu Guitar Fest Photo Gallery after the Break

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