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The Greatest Thing You’ve Never Seen: Competitive Air Guitar

Houstonian Randy Garza, who goes by the stage name “El Airiachi,” talks about perfecting the art of competitive air guitar.

Air Guitar Player
Houston air guitar enthusiast Randy Garza, aka “El Airiachi.”

They say it’s the “greatest thing you’ve never seen” — someone playing the air guitar competitively onstage. Yes, that’s a thing. In fact, the US Air Guitar Championships are holding a qualifying competition in Houston on Friday, June 23, 2017 at Avant Garden.

To learn more, we hear from Randy Garza, a local air guitar enthusiast who goes by the stage name “El Airiachi.”

He tells us about the importance of stage presence — and even mimicking with precision the actual guitar part from your chosen song.


Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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