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Deke's Guitar Geek Festival
February 2004

Gary Lambert opened the festival with a great set of Chet Atkins and Merle Travis thumbpicking instrumentals. His Bigsby doubleneck sounded great through the Ray Butts Echosonic amp.

Venturesmania is the geekiest tribute band ever!! A tribute to the VENTURES featuring Sugarballs, Garrett from the Ghastly Ones, Deke, and Pete Curry from Los Straitjackets! Nice matching Ventures-model Mosrites, don't you think!?

Rockin' Jelly Bean from JACKIE & THE CEDRICS was our MC for the Venturesmania set! Just like the Ventures' Live in Japan 1965 album!

Brian Lonbeck blew everybody's minds with his tribute to Joe Maphis! He is one of the fastest guitar players you've ever heard and we hope to bring him down from Bakersfield more often!

We closed out the night with a rockin' set of Ecco-Fonic guitar geek tunes! Wally and Chris did an awesome job of backing everybody up!

Deke with Dick Richards, legendary drummer for Bill Haley's Comets!

Deke, Eddie Clendening, and Jon Flynn with Dickie "Bebop" Harrell, drummer for Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps!

TK Smith and Jeremy Wakefield were smokin' on a set of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant tunes! TK even played "Stratosphere Boogie" on his Stratosphere Twin guitar