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From the Streets to the Spotlights

They are ubiquitous in every major city: some play music, others tell jokes, still others do both (and more) in a single act. Whether performing magic tricks or pretending to be a bush and startling pedestrians (cheers to you, Bushman!), street performers, or buskers, populate subway stations and street corners all around the world. Derived from the Spanish word buscar, meaning “to seek”, busking is an art form in and of itself, with performance only part of the equation — the location (or “pitch”), the way they collect money (do they use a “bottler” to walk around and collect money?), and the nature of the act (are they putting on a circle show? Are they a walk-by act?) can make the difference between making pocket change or laughing all the way to the bank.   There have been laws governing street performance as long as it has existed: the first recorded legislation came from Ancient Rome in 462 BC, where the Law of the Twelve Tables made it illegal for performers to sing about or parody government officials in public places, under penalty of death. It’s not unusual for modern street performers to have tenuous relationships with law enforcement, but many cities have legislation that tolerates, if not encourages, street performance. And fortunately for the performers, punishment is much less severe than in Roman times! Some cities have an especially rich history of street performance – South Africa is famed for its township jam sessions (and two Cape Town musicians recently parlayed a performance of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” into viral success). Dream-seekers from all over the... read more

Buy a Boho. Give a Boho Uke – JUNE 2016

For the month of June for every instrument we sell, we will donate one ukulele in partnership with Music Heals International. For the past two years, Music Heals International has been training music teachers and building schools in the Delmas 32 area of Haiti, one of the areas hardest hit in the 2010 earthquake. In summer 2016 they built 2 more schools and are bringing in over 60 more students to learn how to play everything from guitar, to drums, to bass, to keyboards and more. The total number of kids in the program is 140, including 30 special needs kids. We are honored to be able to support this program and have all the children of Haiti jamming out on Boho Ukes. So, please share with your friends, buy your Christmas gifts early, and finally treat yourself to that new guitar you’ve been wanting, because the more we sell the more we can give. For the month of June, Bohemian Guitars and Music Heals International are teaming up to help get ukuleles into the the hands of the youth that Music Heals supports in Haiti. Yep that’s right! With every guitar, uke or bass we sell this month, we will be donating a Boho Ukulele to Music Heals to support their youth music initiatives in Haiti. Since the birth of the company, Bohemian Guitars has been on a mission to not only sell amazing instruments but make music more accessible to everyone while being conscious of the environment. Whether it’s building our instruments out of upcycled oil cans, using recycled metals, repurposing parts, or even breaking down wooden... read more

Top 7 Traits of an Awesome Band Member

Top 7 Traits of an Awesome Band Member Being a good band member goes beyond just having chemistry and sounding great with your fellow bandmates. It’s the non-musical aspects of being together that will determine whether the band makes it or breaks up before having a real shot at success. Use the following list to determine if you’re an awesome bandmate or the one who has some work to do. At Bohemian Guitars, we’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing bands and have come up with 7 traits of an awesome band member. 1. They Are Punctual No one likes having their time wasted. Don’t be the band member who is always showing up late to practice, soundcheck or shows. People can understand occasional tardiness; things do happen. However, chronic lateness is a sign of disrespect and a casual disregard for the other band members time. Especially if you’re in an indie band, everyone has other significant commitments from full-time jobs to family obligations that take up their time. Being punctual allows everyone to accomplish the band’s goals and still manage the rest of their lives. 2. They Are Committed to the Band Having outside commitments is not an excuse to flake on the band. It is up to you to manage your time so you can handle all of your responsibilities and still be a fully present, involved bandmate. The band doesn’t exist to revolve around your schedule. Make your band a priority in your life and the time scheduled with them, from practices to shows, sacrosanct. 3. They Are Reliable Be the person everyone can count... read more

9 Best Guitar Music Festivals Around the World

9 Best Guitar Music Festivals Around the World There’s nothing like good music to bridge cultures and bring people together. For hundreds of years, the guitar has been played, loved and celebrated the world over. Here are nine great guitar music festivals that you don’t want to miss. 1. International Guitar Festival of Great Britain When and where: November, Wirral, UK The country’s longest-running guitar fest has been taking place in November for the last 26 years. Hear presentations of everything from jazz, rock and blues, to classical, slide-guitar and flamenco. Local performers have a great platform to gain exposure and new fans. 2. New York Guitar Festival When and where: May 8-15, New York, USA Since its birth in 1999, the New York Guitar Festival has presented some of the world’s most influential guitarists. For the last six years, it has also incorporated the Alternative Guitar Summit, where artists explore the sonic possibilities of the guitar. Past performers have included Pepe Romero, The Assad Duo, Eliot Fisk and surprise guest Bruce Springsteen. 3. Les Nuits Guitares When and where: July 21-23, Nice, France Translated as “The Guitar Nights,” this guitar festival began in 2000 on the French Riviera. An eclectic round-up of international performers alongside local French guitarists make it one of the best guitar fests to catch in summer. Set on 6,000 m² of olive groves, listeners enjoy the open, cool air amidst hundreds of olive trees. Music-lovers with children will enjoy the family-friendly vibe. 4. North Sea Jazz Festival When and where: July 8-10, Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands What began in 1976 in the Hague is... read more

Your Brain on Music: Why It’s Good For Mind & Soul

Your Brain on Music: Why It’s Good For Mind And Soul Your Brain on Music: Tell us why it’s good for YOUR mind And soul! “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” ~ Billy Joel It’s a no-brainer that music makes people feel good. But that old adage that “all the best things in life are bad for you” definitely does not apply here. As it turns out, music is beneficial for the mind, the body, and we would definitely argue—the soul. Here’s a quick snapshot of how: The Emotional • Music may do a better job of lowering anxiety levels than anti-anxiety drugs do, according to one study that measured the outcome of over 400 studies published in the in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences. • As many of us have experienced ourselves, music can definitely lift our moods and statistically can help with depression. The Intellectual • It’s also been shown to improve cognitive function and increase performance and reaction time when people are put in high pressure situations. The Physical • There’s strong evidence out there that music actually helps us cope with pain, or reduces our experience of it. (This might very well be true for other forms of pain—not just physical!) Music therapy is often used to help sooth those about to undergo surgery, or who are recovering from it. • Perhaps it’s because of our elevated moods that we also work out harder, and for longer when we listen to... read more

Who’s in Your “Rushmore of Rock” Line-Up?

Who’s in Your “Rushmore of Rock” Line-Up?   Click here to create your Rushmore of Rock Have you ever thought about ways you could make Mount Rushmore even better? Yeah, we think about it all of the time too! Those old dudes etched up there right now? They’ve had enough time in the spotlight, right? Isn’t it about time somebody got all “Hollywood” on that rock-face and did a remake? What better way to decorate a wall of rock than with the stars of rock? But who would you choose? If you could choose a singer, guitarist, bassist or keyboardist and a drummer from any band to cast in rock forever, who’d be on your list? Just for fun, we’ve put together our suggestions for the ultimate “Rushmore of Rock” line-up. Just don’t tell those dead presidents! Singer Okay, this was a pretty tough one. There are some awesome vocalists in the rock space, dead and alive, and so it wasn’t a decision to be taken lightly. Kurt Cobain, Robert Plant, Bob Dylan — not many could contend with these greats. But one man truly stands out, and deserves to have his face immortalized forever more. That man is Freddie Mercury. We’re sure we won’t get many arguments there. Guitarist Of course, with front-man Freddie leading the line-up, it would be almost too tempting to choose Brian May as our Rushmore guitarist, but we’re not gonna! We’re going to think outside the guitar case a little on this one, leapfrog over Hendrix, Page, Slash and Beck, and point our chisel at David Gilmour. Perhaps we could put him on... read more

Pitch In To Gift Your Friend A Guitar

Guest Post by: Melissa G. Community Manager, Gifstarter GiftStarter makes online crowdfunding for gifts a reality. The concept is simple: you want to give someone an awesome gift you know they’ll love and use, but you can’t afford to gift it all by yourself. So, you create a Gift Campaign on GiftStarter for the gift, and invite the recipient’s friends and family to pitch in. Once the gift is funded, we ensure that the gift is shipped for you, and we send a handmade card filled with special messages and photos from all the recipient’s friends and loved ones who pitched in on the gift. GiftStarter also brings your community together in a more meaningful way. Gifts given by groups communicate to the recipient that they’re more appreciated and loved than perhaps they ever realized. That’s really what GiftStarter is in the business of: not gifts themselves, but the experience of joy, and the power of community. We’ve received heartwarming stories from people who have used GiftStarter to give a colorblind friend special glasses that allowed him to experience the world in (literally) a whole new light, and people who have used GiftStarter to purchase a brand new bed for a beloved friend. We know that nothing can help brighten someone’s day more than giving, and receiving, a little gratitude and generosity. Well, that and music. When all else fails, music is my personal therapy. A couple of hours strumming my old acoustic guitar, writing songs, and singing has a totally unique and unfailing way of soothing my soul. As a former professional musician, I can’t express how awesome... read more

Mixtape of Love Vol #1

Has anyone else noticed this crazy blast from the past that has been happening this past month? There was “Back to the Future Day” on the 21st, the day that Marty and Doc travelled to in the movie. Ghostbusters is in production, and Sylvester Stallone is about to be in a movie playing Rocky. Not to mention John Stamos and Fred Savage are starring in TV shows. Everywhere you turn there is something, or someone once labeled “old school”. So we at Bohemian decided to stick with the theme and bring back something old school ourselves: The Mixtape! (or in this case mix-CD or playlist)   To let someone of the opposite sex know you liked them in 2015, you simply swipe right. Pre-dating app days there was a bit more of a game to locking down a date for Friday night. One of the best plays in the book was without a doubt the Mixtape; aimed to pull at the heartstrings of the person you so desire. Starting with cassettes a person would literally have to record each individual song to create the tape. Then through the 90’s with the creation of MP3s and CD’s it became a whole lot easier. Yet as we start to see CD’s fade more and more, and everything is happening online, I feel like the basic concept of the mixtape, which was passed to the CD, is now dying altogether. You’d have to strategically pick 10-15 songs that would set the mood for the perfect party, road trip, or in this case, telling someone of the opposite sex how you feel about... read more

Boho Indiegogo Recap

  The Boho Series 2.0 Indiegogo Campaign   Thanks to our backers, we had an absolutely amazing Indiegogo campaign. We crushed our goal by over 879%, sold to over 52 different countries and planted over 2000 trees! Thank you to everyone who supported us, we couldn’t have asked for a more successful campaign. We look forward to getting our bass, ukulele and new designs in your hands this December. We love our community! And if you missed our campaign, make sure to check out our website... read more

The Pump Up Playlist

So we are only a couple weeks into fall and I’m already starting to lose that summer drive. Now if you’re like me, once summer is over, you get into this Autumn slump and it becomes much harder to stay active. It’s cold in the morning, dark when you leave work, constantly overcast, and you just can’t seem to find the motivation. Your choosing to stay in bed instead of getting up to run, or heading to the couch after work instead of going to play some sports. And you know you’re filling up the gas tank cause it’s just too cold to be walking or biking to work anymore. Now I know you don’t want to lose your drive but you just can’t help it, nothing will get you motivated, until now! The Boho Team has put together a full playlist of 20 songs guaranteed to get your heart pumping: The Pump Up Playlist. We put a healthy mix of old and new, all that will have you back at your routine in no time. Feel free to comment with songs that we should add. Let’s build this playlist up, and don’t forget to follow us on Spotify for tons of other playlists that will fit any mood you’re in.... read more

A Moment in Music History with Tony Iommi

Photo by Anil Sharma   There are some really crazy stories in Rock and Roll. Almost every artist can look back on their life and pull on instances that led to their creativity, talent, or success. Very rarely do you find an artist who says, “My life was boring. I grew up normal, never got in trouble and just ended up playing music.” I’m not saying it never happens, but it’s rare. But I wonder how many musicians can pull from one moment in their life that changed the course of music history forever. How many can say that because of this one incident, I started a whole movement of music? I can only think of one, and his name is Tony Iommi. Tony Iommi is the legendary guitarist from Black Sabbath, who created some of the most legendary riffs of all time. For those living under a rock for the past 50 years, the members of Sabbath were some of the main pioneers of Heavy Metal and are clearly one of the most influential bands of all time. Iommi himself is credited as the father of heavy metal by most artists who came after him, and has even been noted as one of the inspirations for the grunge and 90’s alternative scene. I can only imagine the stories Tony has as the guitarist for Black Sabbath and his time spent with Ozzy, but there is one story that took place when Tony was 17 that seemed to be irrelevant, yet changed the course of music in its own way. It’s a well known story that when Iommi was... read more

The 10 Best Harmonizing Bands

When thinking about what makes a band great, your brain starts filing through different traits. Does that band have a catchy song, or great guitar playing, or amazing singers? There are so many characteristics that could potentially make a band great. However, one trait in particular is constantly overlooked. We always see Top 10’s dedicated to the best singers and greatest guitars players, but this Top 10 is dedicated to the best vocal harmonies of all time. 10 bands who created their signature sounds around the blending of their voices. This list is in no particular order, but is just recognizing 10 bands who did it better than the rest. Let us know what you think of the list and who we should have added. The Beach Boys: When creating a list of the best harmonizing bands of all time there’s no better place to start than the Beach Boys. Brian Wilson, the brains of the operation, was gifted with an ear that can’t be compared. His ability to arrange a 5 member band into these amazing harmonies that blend perfectly with their instruments to create a once in a lifetime sound is incredible. Mixing pop, 50’s rock and roll, and of course doo wop, their harmonies would be arranged to compliment the lead singer or full group. Harmonies that blended so perfectly you almost thought it was supernatural. Songs like “Wouldn’t It be Nice” highlight just how creative this group could get with their harmonies. While being labeled as pioneers for these high quality arrangements in rock music, they still remain some of the best.   Queen: Queen... read more

Fall Camping Playlist

Leaves are changing, the weather is cooling, and as of Wednesday, it is officially Fall. As we rapidly approach sweater weather you start to realize that there’s only a handful of weekends left to just relax outside, play some sports, or hit the woods. Some of the guys at the Bohemian Office are grabbing our gear and heading camping. The North Georgia Mountains, with the leaves changing bright red, yellow and orange, are calling our names and we just can’t resist. There is just a different mood to Fall; it has a rhythm all its own. As we prep for the weekend we have to get food, gear, and MUSIC. So we have thrown together a playlist to emphasize the mood of the trip and of course are sharing it with you. So enjoy our Fall camping playlist and of course, continue to follow our blogs and our Spotify account for more playlists coming soon.... read more

End of Summer Festival Playlist

Bad news! Summer is over, school has started, and the summer festival circuit is coming to an end. It seemed like every weekend there was another major festival with an epic lineup. Yet summer can’t go without a bang, and this month ends with quite a bang. We have two weekends left in September which makes it feel like two weekends left in summer. So to round up the summer I have chosen two festivals that are just going to be amazing. Music Midtown First, this weekend is Music Midtown in Atlanta. Hard not to play hometown favorites but this festival is always massive. The lineup this year is an amazing blend of legends and stars of today, with names like: Hozier, Jenny Lewis, Alice in Chains, Drake, Hall and Oates, Billy Idol, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Run the Jewels, Panic! at the Disco, Lenny Kravitz, Vance Joy, Van Halen, Sam Smith, and ELTON JOHN! It’s as diverse and powerful a collection of artists as a festival can get. With the Atlanta skyline as the backdrop, it should be one hell of a weekend. Landmark Music Festival For our last weekend of the summer I couldn’t keep my eye off of Landmark Music Festival in Washington, DC. The lineup has a bit of something for everyone with a heavy focus on the indie music scene. Key artists at this festival include: The Mowgli’s, Daughter, Wale, Houndmouth, The Lone Bellow, Manchester Orchestra, George Ezra, Nate Ruess, Tv On the Radio, Band of Horses, Miguel, Ben Howard, Atl-J, Drake, and THE STROKES! Rarely do you see such a monster lineup so... read more

Build A Boho Beta

In the world of retail and mass consumption, what do people want? Something unique and personalized. We want to stand out from the crowd and have a bit of originality in our purchases. When Bohemian Guitars first launched, we identified a new way to create a unique sound and aesthetic with a very traditional instrument. Following in the success of our original idea, we are pushing the envelope to give customers a chance to put their personal touch on an already unique instrument. We are excited to announce the Build A Boho platform. The Build A Boho platform is the first customization and collaboration platform for guitars and guitar accessories. In just under 10 minutes, you can design your Bohemian guitar with your own images and artwork, choose colors and pick-up configurations, and even customize your gig bags, cases, and straps. 100% unique to you. You design it, we assemble it, and in less than a month, expect your personalized Boho at your front door, and all for less than $500. This system will revolutionize the way consumer products should be manufactured – on demand. We are no longer creating products in surplus. Bohemian Guitars has always been looking for ways to take care of the environment. Starting with upcycling and recycling, to planting trees for each guitar we sell, we are always searching for ways to preserve our planet. Any waste will be repurposed or saved for another project. As we wrap up our latest pre-order campaign, we are looking to our new and growing #TeamBoho community to help kick off this program. Through Indiegogo, a limited number... read more
If you haven’t seen yet, we have launched our Indiegogo Boho 2.0 Campaign! We are excited to introduce BOHO Basses and BOHO Electric Ukuleles, as well as three new designs for our BOHO Series guitars. It’s been a long process to get to this point and we couldn’t have done it without our community supporting us. Once again, we look to you to help us reach our goals. As a fan of Bohemian Guitars, you’re invited to join our Boho Series 2.0 Referral Program. Support us and don’t miss out on the rewards we have in place for this program. Help make Boho 2.0 happen by selecting a reward to support our campaign! To thank you for your support, we’re offering cash commission on every sale you refer using a custom link. You could even apply your commission towards your own purchase. Earn any guitar, bass or uke in Boho 2.0 for free! We are offering a 10% commission on every pledge you refer to our Indiegogo campaign. So if you bring in $2000 in referrals, that’s $200 in your pocket at the end of the campaign just for getting people to support our campaign through your referral link. The more you share, the more you earn! Start earning NOW by following these steps:   How To Share Your Referral Link: Log into your Indiegogo account. If you do not have an account, you can sign up for free  using Facebook or an e-mail address If using e-mail, make sure to remember your username and password because you will need it to track your referrals. Go to our campaign... read more

Indiegogo Boho Series 2.0 Campaign

In every success story there are landmark moments, and as we at Bohemian Guitars write our story, we start to recognize what these moments are. There was Shaun’s (our co-founder) trip back home where he was inspired to create these guitars; our Kickstarter campaign that got us off the ground; or the invitation to join 500 Startups, which elevated our company to a whole new level. All of that has led to today. Today we launch our Indiegogo Boho Series 2.0 Campaign! This will be the biggest moment for Bohemian Guitars yet. We have a tremendous amount of pride for the community we have built, which is why we are using Indiegogo to reach back out to you. We Are Excited To Announce the Arrival of The BOHO Series 2.0, introducing BASSES and ELECTRIC UKULELES to the Bohemian Guitars Lineup! Available in our four original designs as well as 3 new ones; the deals during this campaign are too good to pass up. Be one of the first to buy a Guitar, Bass or Uke with our Early Bird Specials including the:                  Boho Ukulele: $89                                           Boho Guitar: $185                                         Boho Bass: $349   We couldn’t be more excited about these products, and the launch of this campaign. Thank you for all the support, and be sure to check out the campaign... read more

The Road Trip Playlist

Photo courtesy of: Matan Becker   Tomorrow the Bohemian Guitars Team is making its way up to Nashville for Summer NAMM. For those unaware NAMM is the largest trade show in the music product industry. It happens twice a year and is kind of a big deal. All of the biggest names in the music industry will be there and that includes us. This week we are excited to display our Boho Series as always, but will also be showing off some of our new products. Coming soon, Bohemian Guitars will be releasing bass guitars and electric ukuleles, as well as three new designs for the Boho Series. If you’re in Nashville this weekend make sure to come by and check out all of our amazing instruments, our booth is #1680. While the drive from Atlanta to Nashville isn’t too long, we certainly don’t plan to drive in silence. Hence the most important thing on our packing list, The Road Trip Playlist. We are driving through some of the most beautiful mountains, farmlands, and open plains around, and we need the mood to be just right. Music that complements our surroundings but also keeps us awake. So here is our road to Nashville playlist, and make sure you follow us on Spotify for tons of other music suggestions.... read more

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