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Street Sounds to host Gretsch Day celebration & concert in Bay Ridge

May 17, 2017 By John Alexander Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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On Saturday June 3, beginning at 12:30 p.m., Street Sounds in Bay Ridge will host its 10th annual Gretsch Day celebration. This much-anticipated Brooklyn event brings together music lovers of all ages from all parts of the city to enjoy an unforgettable concert in the heart of Bay Ridge.

Street Sounds owner Rocky Schiano has been in the music business since 1988. Located about 10 miles away from the original Gretsch factory, Street Sounds is the largest authorized Gretsch dealer in the world and carries one of the largest inventories of Gretsch guitars anywhere.

Renowned artists and musicians such as John Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful, and guitar legend Duane Eddy have come to visit Schiano just to check out his vast inventory of Gretsch guitars.

Freidrich started the company in 1883 by opening a shop at 104 South Fourth St. in Williamsburg. In 1916, he moved the company to a larger building that he had built at 60 Broadway in Brooklyn.

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Legendary musicians from Eddie Cochran to Pete Townsend have played Gretsch guitars. Chet Atkins endorsed a series of Gretsch guitars starting in 1954.

Concert performers will include Canadian ‘Twang-Master” Paul Pigat and Cousin Harley, Brooklyn’s own Extinguish, Gretsch custom shop master builder Stephen Stern, Mercury Radio Theater-Philadelphia’s only surf/punk/horror/sci-fi musical extravaganza and Gretsch Product Marketing Specialist Joe Carducci.

Aside from selling musical instruments, strings and accessories, Street Sounds also offers private music lessons. Gretsch Day is a free event that’s perfect for the entire family.  


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