This is a Guest Post by Tony Tapatio
Our Dearest U.S. Air Guitar,
Well, it’s been almost two weeks since the Seattle Air Guitar Qualifier. Due to busy schedules and of course, the need to stick to Pacific Northwest tradition, we are just now getting the good word to you. And by good word, we mean the highlights of the Qualifier! So, here they are. . .
Tony Tapatio once again kicked off the event with an astounding introductory performance. He wowed audience members with his airbilities, from soft strummin’ to hard riffin’, with just the right amount of the signature Tapatio air guitar molestation, all performed to a wide array of music.
The Qualifier had twelve competitors officially signed up. No wild cards this year, but two more folks signed up last minute after the show had already started, and so made it just in time to perform in the first round. And one of those two, well, let’s just say, he made it pretty far. . . We didn’t have any broken mirrors, or people relieving themselves backstage this year. BUT (and this is even better than that) what we did have is 10 newcomers who showed up and gave it their all this year, and several, new and old, fans who showed up to support their favorites and just have a god-good-damn time.
Our judges this year included Bob Lovelace, the smooth-talking judge, and talented bass player of many local Seattle bands; Diddles, the sweet, yet raunchy clown gal pal of last year’s judge Ronald McFondle; and our very own air guitar hall-of-famer, Chuck Mung! Keeping score that evening was Patches the Panda, who, try as he might, couldn’t contain himself, and ended up doing his own air guitar routine later in the evening (long live Two Princes!). And, special guest star halftime show performed by none other than Airpocalypse!
On to second round: six competitors made it, but only two emerged victorious. We congratulate our final two competitors, reigning champion Sir Eddie Van Glam (1st), and guy-who-signed-up-super-last-minute-but-killed-both-rounds, Organic Shitstorm (2nd)! We are proud to send these two awesome air guitarists to the Semi-final in Portland. And perhaps, even to Nationals. And perhaps, even, to Worlds.
We’d like to thank all of our competitors, judges, Patches, Airpocalypse, stage and sound crew, the Lo-Fi, and of course, our fans. Without their love and support, well, who knows where we’d be.
High Kicks and Kisses,
Team Seattle Air Guitar
Photos by Keith Johnson
Video by @usairguitar on instagram
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