The Face of Air Guitar Turns to Radio

Sklarbro County 120: The marvelous Dan Crane, a man of many trades, a writer, air guitarist, performer, and musician joins featured this week on Sklarbro County! Dan tells about his involvement with the  Air Guitar World Championships, gives a tease of his recent sperm freezing venture which he wrote about for the NY Times, and breaks down how Finland is a crazy country.


Download the podcast right here.




OULU, FINLAND — New York City’s AIRISTOTLE (Matt Burns) took second place tonight after an air-tight third round air off between the United States and Japan’s SEVEN SEAS (Nanami Nagura). The U.S. also took third place with last year’s world champion MEAN MELIN (Eric Melin) melting the shit out of their wee Finnish faces.  And, if you can believe it, the U.S. also took fifth pace with Philadelphia’s WINDHAMMER (Rob Weychert).


After years of dominance followed by years of silence, this year Japan has clearly made its resurgence.


As for US champ Airistotle, who has now graced the world stage twice, something tells me he won’t stop trending anytime soon.




High-res video and photos and whatnot will be uploaded later.  Congratualtions Airistotle!!


Looks like AGWC got started early.  Here’s the link: #usairguitar ##agwg2014

NOW UNPRECEDENTED! LIVE webstream from Air Guitar World Championships in Finland

The 19th Air Guitar World Championships will be livestreamed at on Friday morning, which means it will be Friday night in Finland, despite the fact that it never, ever gets dark.


So by USAG calculations, the stream will begin at 10:40 a.m. Pacific / 1:40 p.m. Eastern.   While watching, join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram and Scribble feed by using #agwc2014.




As we’ve oft said, any of USAG’s regional semifinalists would do us proud on the world stage – and would indeed have a shot at winning the whole thing.  And now, unprecedentedly, each and every U.S. representative who entered the Finish Dark Horse competition last night has advanced to the World Stage.  Despite all the international accolades showered upon America’s previous world champs and damn-near-world champs, this might be USAG’s proudest hour.  Congratualtions to  Doug “The Thunder” Stroock,  Del-Kun Dave “G. Tso Money” Chen, Rob “Windhammer” Weychert, and Marquina “Marteeka” Iliev.



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And if you’re anywhere near Kansas City, USAG’s very own corporate fatcat and world’s greatest grillman CORP-AIRATION (Brian Reeves) is hosting a watch party (details up in hee’ya, AG community only).

U.S. Sends Airistotle to Finland Armed With Airness 2.0


Stotle-titlePhoto credit: Dave Ingraham

KANSAS CITY, MO — After a weeklong  siege of Kansas City, where every major newspaper, newscast, and even the Mayor’s Office dedicated themselves to splattering the city with all things air guitar, AIRISTOTLE (Matt Burns, NYC), our child-philosopher-king, took the 2014 US Air Guitar National Title.  This will be his second trip as the U.S. representative on the world stage in Oulu, Finland.  He will compete against two dozen other countries and his fellow countryman, last year’s world champion, Mean Melin (Eric Melin, KC) in the name of world peace.


The event took place at KC’s historic Midland and was livestreamed to thousands thanks to our friends at Story Torch Studios.


In my opinion, the difference maker in last night’s competition can be sufficiently described as “the fourth criterion,” or perhaps Airness Two.  Unlike many national competitions held overseas, in the U.S. it is no longer possible to win the title with the traditional three criteria (technical, stage presence, “airness”); gone are the days when we could simply default to “airness” as the tipping point between champion and everyone else because, as any one in attendance or watching the livestream saw, there was no more or less airness at the top of round two than at the bottom – and yet everyone agrees the right guy one.