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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

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He...

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