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Area Musician Heads to U.S. Air Guitar Championships

US-Air-Guitar-2013-ChampionshipsMean-MelinEric 'Mean' Melin is in the U.S. Air Guitar Hall of Fame. (Image via everyone who's ever heard a rock song with a blistering guitar solo has probably -- at some point -- pretended to play along. The tradition of playing "air guitar" is practically a teenage rite of passage. But did you know that air guitar has become a competitive event? In fact, the U.S. Air Guitar Championships will take place tomorrow (SAT) in Los Angeles. Film critic and musician Eric Melin (muh-LEEN) of Lawrence won a regional semifinal last month, and now... he'll compete for the national title. He dropped by KPR to talk with Laura Lorson about the art of air guitar performance, and how the organized air guitar competitions got started.

That's Eric Melin of Lawrence, who reviews films for the website He was speaking with KPR's Laura Lorson. Tomorrow (SAT) night, "Mean Melin" will compete at the 2013 U.S. Air Guitar Championships in Los Angeles.

For more information on the 2013 U.S. Air Guitar Championships, visit

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Click here to watch Eric Melin, performing as "Mean Melin," at the 2010 U.S. Air Guitar National Finals and Nordic Thunder's Dr. Pepper commercial.



To hear a more in-depth conversation with Eric Melin about the U.S. Air Guitar Championships, click here:


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