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From Stompboxes to Kill Switches – Keeping the Music Alive: A Conversation with Eclipse Music's John Justen

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 6:30pm

The storied history and iconic artists of the Twin Cities’ music scene would not be the same without nostalgic institutions like the Ten O’Clock Scholar, a Dinkytown venue  that launched hundreds of music careers – including Bob Dylan. Wanting to meet the needs of  a growing music audience interested in amplified music, Ten O’Clock Scholar’s owner Mike Justen took a similar entrepreneurial approach as Swedish guitar maker, Albin Hagstrom. From the Ten O’Clock Scholar, Justen created Eclipse Concert Systems – a sound and touring company that has evolved into Eclipse Music, now run by his son, John Justen. Based in West St. Paul, Eclipse Music continues to feature amplified equipment today, with a keen interest in small, custom made instruments with a regional twist.

John Justen shares the stage with Minnesota-based pedal makers and sound effects innovators who are continuing to push the sound of the guitar in new directions including: Sayer Payne from Heavy Electronics, Kevin Henretta from Henretta Engineering, and Benjamin Hinz, from Dwarfcraft Devices.

This is your opportunity to learn (and hear) about new horizons in the electric guitar industry.

Welcome and open to all levels of familiarity – musicians and non-musicians alike.


Included with museum admission. Free for ASI members.

Registration is recommended. 

Click here to register or call 612-871-4907.

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