Tacoma Guitar & Drum Festival

Tacoma Guitar & Drum Festival

  • June 26  |  Saturday 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM Buy Tickets
  • June 27  |  Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Buy Tickets

Event Info

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The Tacoma Guitar & Drum festival was born from five successful years of the Tacoma Guitar Festival and a spirited conversation with drum collector Donn Bennett. Bennett will curate a new footprint in the festival to incorporate drums. The two-day festival showcases new, used and vintage guitars and drums displayed by exhibitors in a buy, sell or trade environment. In addition, there is a professional performance stage for concerts and workshops. The line-up includes Gregg Bissonette, Rudy Sarzo, Nita Strauss, Ian Moore, Doyle Dykes, Glen Sobel, and Mark Lettieri.

Artist Information

Gregg Bissonette has become known as one of the most versatile drummers in the business for his broad experience ranging from big band, blues, and rock, to Latin, fusion, and much more. His numerous performance credits include performing with legends such as Ringo Starr, David Lee Roth, Joe Satriani, Don Henley, Carlos Santana, ELO, Spinal Tap, Maynard Ferguson, and many more.

Nita Strauss has become a force to be reckoned with in the music world, dazzling audiences across the globe. Most fans will recognize Strauss as Alice Cooper’s touring guitarist of the past five years. Her skill, exuberant stage presence and love for all things about her instrument have earned her a stellar reputation in the music industry. Joining her from Alice Cooper’s band is Glen Sobel, who tours with the rock legend on drums. His other impressive credits include subbing in for Tommy Lee with Mötley Crüe with just a few hours’ notice, playing double-duty on the Crüe/Alice Cooper tour. He was voted #1 hard rock drummer in a Drum Magazine reader’s poll.

Rudy Sarzo is a rock legend with a 35-year career as a recording and performing artist worldwide with experiences with all the top hard rock bands. He has recorded and toured with Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Yngwie Malmsteen, DIO, Blue Oyster Cult, and Queensrÿche. Sarzo is a current member of the legendary Canadian band, The Guess Who and published a #1 best-selling book, Off the Rails: Aboard the Crazy Train in the Blizzard of Ozz.

Legendary Texas music icon and acclaimed blues-rock guitarist Ian Moore performs Saturday. The Portland Mercury calls him "one of the finest singer/songwriters around..." Moore co-founded the non-profit Seattle Musicians Access to Sustainable Healthcare (SMASH), an organization that connects musicians with low-cost or free medical, dental, and mental health care. Lauded for his live performances, this is Moore’s second appearance at the festival.

Mark Lettieri is a multiple Grammy Award winning guitarist with a resume boasting experiences with famed artists such as David Crosby, Eminen, Adam Levine, and Snoop Dogg. He “graces the instrument with impeccable rhythm combined with tasty, melodic phrasing and note choice.”

Renowned fingerpicker and guitar festival favorite Doyle Dykes returns. Chet Atkins called Doyle “one of the finest fingerpicking guitarists around.” Dykes is influenced by a wide variety of musical styles from Chet Atkins to the Beatles creating his own distinctly recognizable style that achieve “new levels of technical and creative brilliance.” He weaves his cross-genre style amazing audiences from all walks from jazz to Latin to country and more.

For a schedule, visit TacomaGuitarAndDrumFestival.com. Additional artists will be added to the lineup.

Health & Safety Measures

Our team has been busy behind the scenes, continuously making modifications to ensure you can feel confident and comfortable returning to live events, including air quality improvements, cleaning and sanitation initiatives, and food service modifications. 

For more information about our safe Return to Live plan, visit this page on our website. Due to the nature of instrument and accessory sales and trades at this event, the cashless and clear bag policies will not be in effect for this event.



Thank you to our sponsors! 




Red Blanket

BC Rich



Ted Brown Music

Diablo Guitars

Guitar Maniacs

West Coast Drums


Mike’s Music Market

River City Guitars


JT Custom Bass


Bass Musician

Worship Musician

Donn Bennett Drum Vault


All-Star Guitar

Upcoming Events

Saturday | Aug 14, 2021

Harry Styles

RESCHEDULED from August 18, 2020 to August 14, 2021

Event Starts 8:00 PM
Thursday | Aug 26, 2021

Celine Dion

RESCHEDULED from April 15, 2020

Event Starts 7:30 PM
Friday | Oct 15, 2021



Event Starts 7:00 PM
Wednesday | Oct 27, 2021

James Taylor and His All-Star Band

Rescheduled from May 24, 2020

Event Starts 7:30 PM
Friday | Oct 29, 2021

Dan + Shay The (Arena) Tour

RESCHEDULED from October 31, 2020

Event Starts 7:00 PM
Saturday | Nov 6, 2021

Dude Perfect

RESCHEDULED to November 6, 2021

Event Starts 7:00 PM
Friday | Dec 3, 2021

Pepe Aguilar

Jaripeo sin Fronteras 2021

Event Starts 8:00 PM
Saturday | Dec 11, 2021

Brantley Gilbert

RESCHEDULED from March 21

Event Starts 7:30 PM
Saturday | Feb 26, 2022

Justin Bieber

Justice World Tour 2021

Event Starts 7:30 PM
Thursday | Mar 24, 2022

André Rieu

Event Starts 8:00 PM
Saturday | Apr 30, 2022

Rage Against the Machine

RESCHEDULED to April 30, 2022

Event Starts 8:00 PM
Sunday | May 1, 2022

The Weeknd

RESCHEDULED to May 1, 2022

Event Starts 7:00 PM
Saturday | Sep 17, 2022

Roger Waters

RESCHEDULED to September 17, 2022

Event Starts 8:00 PM
Monday | Oct 3, 2022

My Chemical Romance

RESCHEDULED to October 3, 2022

Event Starts 8:00 PM