Knock, Knock, Knockin’

The Guitar Bar-All Stars Attempt at The World Record for World’s Largest Band will take place Thursday, July 20, 7 p.m. at Sinatra Park.

Hoboken’s venerable music store has been rocking along the Hudson for years with its All-Star shows, which bring together the Guitar Bar staff, featuring some of the country’s greatest musicians and amateur strummers.

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This year marks the fifth attempt to break the world record. Last year more than 400 people joined in playing along to Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” along with other favorite classics.

“We didn’t break the record, but people practiced, showed up, and we had a blast!” said Guitar Bar owner James Mastro. The Guitar Bar offers lessons and repairs.

The Guinness Book of World Records lists 953 participants in Beijing, China, as the record holder for the world’s largest rock band.  The largest guitar ensemble was composed of 6,346 guitarists in Poland.

“We’re calling on anyone and everyone with an acoustic guitar, mandolin, ukulele, or any other acoustic string instrument to play along with us for another performance of ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,’ followed by other easy songs, even beginner guitarists can follow,” Mastro said. This year will include tunes by Chuck Berry, the Rolling Stones, and more. Cellists and banjo players are also welcome.  

The Guitar Bar will help experienced musicians and beginners by posting chord charts and YouTube videos of the songs that they can play along with on the Guitar Bar’s Facebook page.

Mastro believes the record can be broken in a few more years.

He said that while breaking the record would be nice, the event is mostly about a group of musicians coming together for a night of music.

Frank Bernal, a 16-year-old Weehawken resident, walked to Hoboken specifically to play his guitar at last summer’s event.

“I love rock and roll,” he said. “I love playing the guitar and the sense of community here. It is nice to join in with others playing who are like me.”

Guitar Bar

160 First St.

(201) 222-0915

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