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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, July 8, 2008 — To celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of Guitar Center Carle Place’s state-of-the-art music facility, on July 31st, 2008, the store will host an event featuring live performances and high-profile guests, music gear and electronics giveaways, one-time-only special discounts and free food and drinks courtesy of Famous Dave’s Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que, Rockstar Energy Drink and Starbucks.

Attendees will see performances by hip-hop legends Grandmaster Flash and Biz Markie, as well as Long Island alternative rock band Envy on the Coast and a live DVJ in front of the store. Evening giveaways will include iPods, DVD players, Bose audio systems, Sony PlayStation® products, Guitar Hero and Rock Band video game products, Guitar Center gift cards and more, in addition to special one-night deals inside the store.

To add to the night’s festive atmosphere, Long Island businesses such as The Crazy Donkey Bar and Grill and Da Vinci Tattoo Studio, plus leading music instrument manufacturers including Korg, Pioneer, D’Addario and more, will line the parking lot with more than 25 tents. Worldwide publications URB Magazine, Guitar World and others will be on hand, joined by BET and the Village Voice. Also, radio station “Hot 97” 97.1 WQHT-FM will be broadcasting live on location.

Event Date: July 31, 2008
Event Time: 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Event Location: Guitar Center Carle Place
111 Old Country Road
Carle Place, NY 11514

For more event information, contact:
Kurt French, Guitar Center Marketing
Cell: 818.935.9071
Office: 818.735.8800 ext.2006
Fax: 818.735.8844
Email: kfrench@guitarcenter.com

About the Performers:
Envy on the Coast (envyonthecoast.com): After issuing a self-titled debut EP to widespread acclaim in August 2006, Envy On The Coast set out on national tours with arena-filling artists like 30 Seconds To Mars and Angels & Airwaves and were named one of Alternative Press’ 100 Bands You Need To Know in 2007.

Grandmaster Flash (grandmasterflash.com): Recognized as one of the founding fathers of hip-hop, Grandmaster Flash has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and been the recipient of many awards, including VH1 Hip-Hop Honors; The Icon Award from BET in honor of his contribution to hip-hop as a DJ; The Lifetime Achievement Award from the RIAA; and Bill Gates’ Vanguard Award.

Biz Markie (www.bizmarkie.com): A hip-hop legend, Biz Markie has been making history for over 20 years. Known worldwide from New York City to Japan for such catchy songs as “Just a Friend” and “Make the Music,” Biz Markie is one of the most celebrated entertainers in the industry.

About Guitar Center
Guitar Center is the leading United States retailer of guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments, keyboards and pro-audio and recording equipment. Our retail store subsidiary presently operates more than 200 Guitar Center stores across the U.S. In addition, our Music & Arts division operates more than 100 stores specializing in band instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors and students. We are also the largest direct response retailer of musical instruments in the United States through our wholly owned subsidiary, Musician's Friend, Inc., and its catalog and Web site, www.musiciansfriend.com. More information on Guitar Center can be found by visiting the Company's Web site at www.guitarcenter.com.

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