The 2019 AISGC Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival will be returning to Winchester for their 44th Annual celebration.
The event will be held July 18-20 at the Winchester Towne Square Community Centre in downtown Winchester.
The festival will feature artists from all over the country. The celebration will include performances, jam sessions, seminars, and a Saturday night Luau. This year’s special guest artist will be Hawaiian steel guitar Master, Jeff Au Hoy, from the island of Oahu!
The Guest Artist
Largely self-taught, Jeff Au Hoy has mentored under the likes of steel guitarist Bobby Ingano and brings an “old soul” feeling when he plays his “Frypan.”
His playing style reflects those of steel legends David Kelii, Billy Hew Len, Pua Almeida, and Benny Rogers. Jeff has recorded with the Brothers Cazimero, Jeff Teves Quartette, Pueo Pata, Aaron Sala and others.
In 2004, he received a call to perform at Carnegie Hall with the cast of the Hawaii Calls show.
Jeff has performed regularly with Hawaii’s top musicians including Cyril Pahinui and Raiatea Helm, and remains one of Hawaii’s most in-demand musicians.
Although he is a trained pianist and can play in a number of genres, his interest lies primarily in Hawaiian music of the 1940s and 50s.
The History of AISGC
The origins of the AISGC date back to 1974 and have a Randolph County man to thank for it.
Charles E. Moore, a steel guitar builder from Winchester, Indiana, came up with a plan to bring steel guitarists from across the country together to meet and exchange musical knowledge.
After much coordination, the International Hawaiian Steel Guitar Club (IHSGC) was born.
Moore became the first club president and began publishing a newsletter to promote the steel guitar called “The Hawaiian Steel Club News”.
He held the first convention in the basement of his home in Winchester on July 12 and 13, 1975.
As years went on, the number of club members grew, and the conventions were moved to Willard Elementary School.
Soon the IHSGC became the most prominent Hawaiian steel guitar club on the U.S. mainland. Moore retired as president and editor in 1987.
Upon Moore’s retirement, the club was reorganized and renamed the Aloha International Steel Guitar Club (AISGC).
Dirk Vogel would become the AISGC’s president and newsletter editor. The club continued to hold conventions in Winchester, Indiana, and would go on to host prominent guest artists such as Barney Isaacs (1988), Alan Akaka (1989), Duke Ching (1992), Jerry Byrd (1993), Genoa Keawe (1995), Bobby Ingano (1999, 2002), Jeff Au Hoy (2007), and John Ely (2013), as well as many others. More info can be found at: www.aisgc.org.
In 2014, the club’s convention was moved to the Winchester Towne Square Community Center, where the convention is still held each July.
This year’s convention costs $10 a day for AISGC members and $12 for non- members or you can purchase a 3-day ticket for $30 for club members and $36 for non-members.
There will be a raffle with great prizes and tables for vendors will be set up in the Towne Square Community Center. Proceeds from the sales will help bring in guest performers for next year’s convention.
On Saturday evening, following another day of performances, the convention will close out with a luau, with dinner, music, and dancers. The cost is $30 for dinner.
Tickets for this event can be purchased online, by mail, or at the door. Tickets are $12 per day for non-members and $10 per day for AISGC members.
Students with a valid student ID receive FREE admission! If you would like to pre-register by mail, please go to the website and complete the form and send it with cash or check to:
Aloha International Steel Guitar Club
3730 W 1400th N, Macy, IN 46951