Air Guitar Regional Championships Coming Up!

These people may have spent a little too much time playing "Rock Band"

By Bianca Currie
|  Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012  |  Updated 11:13 AM EDT
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Air Guitar Regional Championships Coming Up!

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Rockness Monster performs during the 2008 Cuervo Black US Air Guitar Championships at the Regency Grand Ballroom on August 8, 2008 in San Francisco.

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Here’s your chance to see people rock out on stage, air-guitar style!

The D.C. edition of the U.S. Air Guitar Regional Championship is headed back to the 9:30 Club (815 V St. NW) on Saturday, June 23 at 8 p.m.

No, you won’t see Tom Cruise gliding on stage as he did in his 1980’s flick Risky Business. Instead, it's regular folks rocking out as passionately as possible, considering they're not actually playing any music.

Here's how it'll all go down, according to the 9:30 Club:

In Round 1, each competitor performs to a song of their own choosing. In Round 2, the top competitors from Round 1 perform to a surprise compulsory song. In each round, contestants perform for one minute of a song and are judged on a combination of technical merit, stage presence, and "airness." All guitars must be invisible. In each city, the jury is a panel of independent judges that are hand picked by US Air Guitar. The results of the jury cannot be protested.

The winners of each regional competition will go on to compete in the U.S. Air Guitar Finals, with America's single finest player flying out to Finland for the world championships. Yes, really.

Tickets are $20, available here.


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