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Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival

Guitar troubadours from all genres unite at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center to square off for $22,000 in prize money. Competitors are invited guitarists of all ages, whom will be judged by a panel that includes classical guitarist Rene Izquierdo, finger-style guitarist John Stropes, jazz guitarist Don Linke and nuevo flamenco artist Jesse Cook. In addition to their cash prizes, the winners get to open for Cook on Saturday evening’s concluding performance at 7 p.m.

At 19805 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield. Admission to the semifinals and finals is free; tickets for the final performance Saturday are $20 to $35. Friday night also features a performance by Milwaukee guitar virtuoso Greg Koch at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $25. Visit or ring 262-439-5681.

Aug. 14–16


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