US Air Guitar National FinalsHouse of Blues
6255 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
While Guitar Hero may have reduced pretend rock 'n' roll to mere button-pushing, the US Air Guitar Championships prove that the second-most popular private bedroom activity is still a sacred art form. Founded in 2003, the competition lets entrants mime frenetic shredding, mimic triumphant wails, change costumes on-stage, and flaunt grimaces that prove rocking out so hard isn't easy. Like in pro wrestling, there is a certain skill to believable playacting, but don't expect feats of athleticism — former champion William Ocean came on stage sipping a can of Sparks.
Vincent Chung, Editor