Make history at Red Rocks with Swallow Hill and the Denver Film Society as they prepare to break record for the World's Largest Guitar Lesson

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WHAT: World's Largest Guitar Lesson and the film, Zoolander WHEN: Monday, August 18. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with guitar lesson starting at 7 p.m. WHERE: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO 80465 TICKETS: Advance $10; Day of $12. INFO: and BOX OFFICE: Film on the Rocks tickets are also available in advance at, any King Soopers or by calling (866) 464-2626.

Guitar players of all ages and skill levels are invited to make history with Swallow Hill, the Denver Film Society and Red Rocks Amphitheatre as they attempt to break the current record for the World's Largest Guitar Lesson on Monday, August 18, 2008 at Red Rocks. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the lesson starting at 7 p.m. This event is part of the Denver Film Society's annual Film on the Rocks series and is the last for summer 2008, preceding the film, "Zoolander".

The current world record is held by the Old Town School in Chicago with 1,377 participants in 2007. Red Rocks holds approximately 8,400 people. In order to be counted in the Guinness World Book Record, all participants must register and bring a guitar to the lesson. Pre-registration is now available at and is strongly encouraged. Pre-registrants will also be entered in a contest to win free airline tickets from Southwest Airlines and new high-end Epiphone guitars (made by Gibson).

All participants are required to check-in the day of the event at any of the three entrances to Red Rocks Amphitheatre with a photo ID and their guitar in hand. Guitars will not be available for rent or sale at Red Rocks; recommended vendors from whom participants can buy or rent in advance are the Denver Folklore Center, the Old Towne Pickin' Parlor and Acoustic Music Revival. Numerous Swallow Hill faculty members and other Colorado musicians will be on hand to help those in the crowd during the lesson and a lead musician will be on stage, as well as a projection screen, to offer instruction. After the lesson there will be an open jam led by the Colorado All-Stars Band before screening of Zoolander begins.

More details about the lesson are at Get free admission to the World's Largest Guitar Lesson when you are one of the first 200 people to register or renew a Swallow Hill membership at or by calling (303) 777-1003 x2. Film on the Rocks tickets are also available in advance at any King Soopers or by calling (866) 464-2626.

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About Swallow Hill Music Association:
Helping people make and enjoy music since 1979, Swallow Hill Music Association is one of the largest nonprofit institutions of its kind in the United States as a source for folk, roots and acoustic music. With more than 2,300 members, Swallow Hill provides a place to celebrate music that is rarely heard elsewhere in the Rocky Mountain Region. Three concert venues house more than 200 performances a year, featuring some of the world's great artists as well as up-and-coming new talent. Swallow Hill's Julie Davis School of Music offers classes for every interest, skill level and member of the family. Each year, a faculty of 60 instructors provides training to more than 4,000 students. A Tier II member of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), Swallow Hill has won both the Mayor's and Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts, countless "Best of Denver" awards, has been recognized by the the North American Folk Alliance, and is one of the most sought-after venues by folk and roots performers in the country.

About the Denver Film Society:
The Denver Film Society is a membership-based nonprofit cultural institution dedicated to cultivating community and transforming lives through film. Founded in 1978, the Denver Film Society produces film events throughout the year, including the award-winning Starz Denver Film Festival. The Denver Film Society's home theatre and cinematic education center, the Starz FilmCenter, presents film programs daily and is Denver's first and only year-round cinematheque, operated in partnership with the University of Colorado at Denver's College of Arts & Media, and with support from Starz Entertainment and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Denver Film Society members support one-of-a-kind programs reaching more than 200,000 film lovers and film lovers-in-training each year.

About Red Rocks Amphitheatre:
Nestled in the Rocky Mountain Foothills 15 miles west of Denver, Red Rocks Amphitheatre stands as a symbol of nature's unparalleled majesty. A geologically formed, open-air Amphitheatre, it is unlike any other place in the world. With Mother Nature as the architect, the design of the Amphitheatre consists of two 300-foot monoliths (Ship Rock and Creation Rock) that provide acoustic perfection for any performance. The area of Red Rocks, originally known as the Garden of Angels, has attracted the attention of performers since before the turn of the century. Its majestic setting, paired with the panoramic view of Denver, makes for a breathtaking scene.


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