2017 Qualifiers are ready to rock!


BREAKING NEWS: The first batch of 2017 US Air Guitar Qualifiers have been announced and we’re coming to a city near you! Also, competitor sign-ups are live – do you hear that? It’s glory calling your name to compete! Head over to our COMPETE page to sign up!


4/28 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck

5/6 – Custer, SD – The Frontier Grill

5/11 – Aurora, IL – Two Brothers RoundhouseWayne’s World 25th Anniversary Festival

5/12 – Austin, TX – Full Circle Bar

5/19 – Seattle, WA – Lo-Fi Performance Gallery

5/20 – Nashville, TN – The Family Wash/Garage Coffee

5/20 – Sacramento, CA – Starlite Lounge

5/20 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Blue Lagoon

5/26 – Denver, CO – Three Kings Tavern

6/3 – Des Moines, IA – Doc’s Lounge

6/10 – Newport, AR – Jacksonport State ParkPortfest Festival


Don’t see your city? Additional shows will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

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But is he good enough to beat Airistotle?


A teenage upstart in San Diego who became an internet sensation, or some wannabe who challenges people to air off’s on facebook; something totally new out of Boston or Kansas City, or as far away as Guam takes a competition by a landslide. Somehow, the question is always the same:


“But can she beat Airistotle?”


Friday night, on the world stage here in Oulu, the question was resoundingly settled before a crowd of 8,000 screeching Finns and a dozen international representatives from around the world competing in the name of world peace.


Was it close at times? Yes. Did Airistotle’s rival from Moscow take a close second place? Certainly. And did his U.S. teammates make America gleam prouder than ever after securing another two of the top five spots? Indeed.


BJandNordicPhoto: Inkeri Jäntti


Because Friday night they came at us from every corner of the globe: Russia, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and New Zealand, to name a few.




OULU, FINLAND — With an unprecedented showing of United States air guitar talent on the world stage – where the stars and stripes took three of the top 5 spots – America tonight achieved the highest honor of them all: on just his fourth trip to Finland, competing against a dozen countries in the name of world peace, our very own AIRISTOTLE (Matt Burns) became the Air Guitar World Champion.


1. Matt “Airistotle” Burns (USA) 35,7 (17,7)

2. Kereel “Your Daddy” Blumenkrants (RUS) 34,8 (17,3)

3. Nicole “Mom Jeans Jeanie” Sevcik (USA) 34,3 (17,1)

4. Rob “The Marquis” Messel (USA) 34,1 (17,0)

5. Dave “G. Tso Money” Chen (TW) 33,7 (17,0)

5. Luke “Van Dammage” Sevcik 33,7 (17,0)

7. Manami “TAM” Morita (JPN) 33,6 (16,9)

8. Dave “Onkel Udo” Wonz (GER) 33,3 (17,0)

9. Blake “The Canadian Tuxedo” Johnston (CAN) 16,8

10. Daniel “Moredrive” Oldemeier (GER) 16,7

10. Vincent “Lord Scrat” Roussel (FRA) 16,7

12. Jeffrey “The Airtiste” Stiles (USA) 16,5

13. Thom ” w!ldth!ng” Wilding (UK) 16,3

14. Giesela “Gizzy Guitar” Visser (NZL) 16,2

15. Carlos “Hanzel the Manzel” Mengual (CAN) 15,8


Livestream from AGWC in Finland (Updated)

For you Americans who wouldn’t be caught dead outside the .us, .com, .net. or .org TLDs, here’s a mirror stream of the World Championships in Finland, squirted through our Patriot Servers inside our Freedom Firewall here in the good ol’ Yoo Ess of Aye.




UPDATE: Waiting on pins and needles for the “Homo homo homo!” dancers to unstick themselves from the backstage sauna so we can start the livestream? Here’s an alternative feed my cousin James stitched together in Sixth Form AV Club before taking the lift to Uni:


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1-Hour Countdown: Team America Takes World Stage! (Updated w/ Performance Schedule)

Live from Oulu, Finland (The capital of Northern Scandinavia!) a ton of countries compete for the title of greatest air guitarist in the world and also world peace. Tune in here! Tune in here! Tune in here!!!


1. Carlos ”Hanzel the Manzel” Mengual, Dark Horse 2016 (CAN)
2. Giesela ”Gizzy Guitar” Visser, Dark Horse 2016 (NZL)
3. Thom ” w!ldth!ng” Wilding, Dark Horse 2016 (UK)
4. Rob ”The Marquis” Messel, Dark Horse 2016 (USA)
5. Luke ”Van Dammage” Sevcik, Dark Horse 2016 (USA)
6. Daniel ”Moredrive” Oldemeier, Dark Horse 2016 (GER)
7. Jeffrey ”The Airtiste” Stiles, Dark Horse 2016 (USA)
8. Vincent ”Lord Scrat” Roussel, Dark Horse 2016 (FRA)
9. Dave ”G. Tso Money” Chen, Dark Horse 2016 (TW [formerly USA])
10. Nicole ”Mom Jeans Jeanie” Sevcik, Dark Horse 2016 (USA)
11. Manami ”TAM” Morita, Japanese Champion 2016
12. Matt ”Airistotle” Burns, USA Champion 2016
13. Dave ”Onkel Udo” Wonz, German Champion 2016
14. Kereel ”Your Daddy” Blumenkrants, The World Champion 2015
15. Blake ”The Canadian Tuxedo” Johnston, Canadian Champion 2016

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