Special Event: Guitar Weekend 2019

Special Event: Guitar Weekend 2019

The return of Guitar Weekend on May 17th & 18th, a celebration of the guitar… craft, creativity, innovation, history!

Join us for a special weekend of live music, entertainment and experiences featuring the cultural icon of the guitar. Friday evening presents critically acclaimed Blues/Jazz/Rock guitar virtuoso Robben Ford live in concert in the ETK Theatre.  You can learn and explore Mr. Ford’s music and impressive career here in preparation for night of hot licks!

Saturday features local musicians across the Grand from 11 am to 2 pm, performing and providing free educational experiences.  We’ve collaborated with Jonathan Fellows of Fellows Guitars (you may remember Mr. Fellows as the Curator of the amazing exhibit Resonating Bodies – The Art of Contemporary Lutherie last summer) to bring an fun morning/afternoon of all things guitar.  Tracy resident Erik Andersen will play original compositions in our Guitar Lounge in the GWF Energy Gallery.  Jonathan will offer a custom guitar display and neck carving demonstration.  Musician and collector Roff Crocker will present The Tube Amp Petting Zoo workshop in the Studio Theatre.  The Arts Education Program will be in the Grand Lobby with classical guitar by instructor Branden Cravalho.

Remembering Our Friend Leona Willis (1929 – 2017)


For many of us, Leona was the true champion of the revival of the historic Grand Theatre into the contemporary arts center it is today.  Her never ending energy to make the Grand rise again was powerful and influential to the hundreds of collaborators, and thousands of community members, who worked on the project for years.

When challenges emerged, Leona always had the right words of encouragement and sweetest twinkle in her eyes.  As a Grand Girl working the theatre and as a life-long arts patron, the support and wisdom she genererously shared was inspirational and priceless. Our Staff at the Grand and community-at-large will deeply miss her.

Tracy Press Obituary

Remembering Our Friend Gretchen Talley (1933 – 2016)


Gretchen Talley was a long time, celebrated community leader and activist, and one of Tracy’s quintessential arts and education supporters.  Her decades of remarkable community involvement included St. Bernard’s Mothers Guild, Tracy Joint Union High School District, San Joaquin County Board of Education, THS Parent Advisory Committee and Band Boosters, Tracy Parks & Recreation Commission, Tracy Tennis Club, San Joaquin County Bike Task Force, Tracy Friends of the Stockton Symphony and numerous other organizations.

Ms. Talley was also a Board Member of the Arts Leadership Alliance (now Grand Foundation) who worked in collaboration with the City of Tracy in the development of the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.  For many years after the Grand opened, Gretchen would enthusiastically attend events and promote the Center, as well as consistently offer kind words of support to the Staff.  Her sincere efforts were always appreciated and she will be greatly missed.

Additional details about Gretchen’s impressive life has been recently documented in the Tracy Press.