Rock on, dude, no strings attached


Posers rejoice. A round of the U.S. Air Guitar Championships will be staged in Portland.

The regional air guitar competition will be held April 22 at Dante's, 350 W. Burnside.

The U.S. Air Guitar Championships searches the country for the premier air guitarist, and one winner from each city (17 in all) will be sent to New York July 17 for the national finals at Irving Plaza in New York City. The U.S. winner will go to Oulu, Finland, to be among contestants from 30 countries for the Air Guitar World Championships.

The U.S. stops include many major cities, including Boston, Houston, Chicago and Denver. The Portland stop will be followed by competitions in San Diego and Los Angeles. Bigger shows will follow in May at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas and at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco.

A New Yorker named 'William Ocean' has won the past two U.S. titles, and a Frenchman named 'Guntar' took the 2009 world title. Contestants are judged by a jury on technical merit, stage presence and 'airness' - all guitars must be invisible, no props used.

In the contest, the wannabe guitarist gets to play a song of his/her choosing, and then must play a song determined by others. So, expect some interesting gyrations to the riffs of Jimmie Page, Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen and others.

Contact Dante's about tickets, 503-226-6630; go to for more information.