Registration Begins JULY 17, 2017 AT 9:00AM

Participants of all ages, levels, interests, and tastes welcome!

Vai Academy is a 4 day event for players and music-lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and taste! Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan. Our four-day programs offer activities and workshops for you. Our environments are non-competitive and are strictly about immersing oneself in the joys of music and our lovely surroundings!

Vai Academy 4.0

Vai Academy is a 4 day event for players and music-lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and taste! Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan. Our four-day programs offer activities and workshops for you. Our environments are non-competitive and are strictly about immersing oneself in the joys of music and our lovely surroundings!

Featured Artists

“We have a host of excellent teachers who will be leading various classes on technique, theory, and more. We’ll have constant jams happening everywhere.”

“You’re going to get an opportunity to sit there, watch, learn, and interact with these guys. It’s a gathering of a powerful group of achievers who have focused their lives on reaching this level. They’re sharing it here.”

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Steve Morse

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St. Vincent

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Yngwie Malmsteen

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Jeremy Colson

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Philip Bynoe

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Dave Weiner

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Thomas Nordegg

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Stig Mathisen

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Doug Doppler

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Andy Alt

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Stewart Jean

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Maurice Verloop

Schedule

“As always, we’ve got some good stuff planned. The focus will be on modes, chord theory, interval relationships, exotic synthetic scales and how to derive their chord scales, and chord progression analyzation, and how it relates to song construction, key signatures and circle of fifths, time signature theory, and more.”

Wednesday January 03

  • 3:00 PM

    Check-In

  • 5:00 PM

    Welcoming Comments from Steve and Company

  • 7:00 PM

    Dinner

  • 8:00 PM

    Show and Jam with Steve -or- Late Night Jam with Doug, Sting, and others

Thursday January 04

  • 9:00 AM

    Thomas Nordegg: Tech and Guitar Maintenance Session

  • 10:00 AM

    Steve Vai Master Class

  • 12:00 PM

    Choice of Class:

    • Doug Doppler – Beginner
    • Stig Mathiesen – Intermediate
    • Dave Weiner – Advanced
  • 1:00 PM

    Lunch

  • 2:00 PM

    Yngwie Malmsteen Master Class -or- Play with Steve’s Band

  • 4:00 PM

    Steve Vai Master Class featuring Yngwie Malmsteen

  • 6:00 PM

    Sterling Ball

  • 7:00 PM

    Dinner

  • 8:00 PM

    Show and Jam with Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen

  • 9:00 PM

    Yngwie Malmsteen Master Class -or- Late Night Jam with Doug, Stig and others.

Friday January 05

  • 9:00 AM

    Andy Alt Social Media Session

  • 10:00 AM

    Steve Vai Master Class

  • 12:00 PM

    Choice of Class:

    • Doug Doppler – Beginner
    • Stig Mathiesen – Intermediate
    • Dave Weiner – Advanced
  • 1:00 PM

    Lunch

  • 2:00 PM

    Steve Morse Master Class -or- Play with Steve’s Band

  • 3:00 PM

    Photos and Signing Session with the Instructors

  • 5:00 PM

    Steve Vai Master Class featuring Steve Morse

  • 7:00 PM

    Dinner

  • 8:00 PM

    Show and Jam with Steve Vai and Steve Morse

  • 9:00 PM

    Steve Morse Master Class -or- Late Night Jam with Doug, Stig, etc.

Saturday January 06

  • 9:00 AM

    Thomas Nordegg and Roland Boss Tech Session

  • 10:00 AM

    Steve Vai Master Class

  • 12:00 PM

    Choice of Class:

    • Doug Doppler – Beginner
    • Stig Mathiesen – Intermediate
    • Dave Weiner – Advanced
  • 1:00 PM

    Lunch

  • 2:00 PM

    St. Vincent Master Class -or- Play with Steve’s Band

  • 4:00 PM

    Steve Vai Master Class featuring St. Vincent

  • 6:00 PM

    Miles Copeland

  • 7:00 PM

    Dinner

  • 8:00 PM

    Show and Jam with Steve and St. Vincent

  • 9:00 PM

    St. Vincent Master Class -or- Late Night Jam with Doug, Stig and others.

Sunday January 07

  • 10:00 AM

    Wrap-up Session with Steve Vai

  • 11:00 AM

    Check out

All campers will be invited to Jam with Steve’s Band (Philip, Dave, and Jeremy) during the day. Below is a list of songs.

Bad Horsie, Crying Machine, Gravity Storm, Whispering a Prayer, Liberty, Erotic Nightmares, The Animal, Answers, The Riddle, Ballerina, For the Love of God, The Audience is Listening, I Would Love To, Blue Powder, Greasy Kids Stuff, Alien Water Kiss, Sisters, Love Secrets, Racing the World, Taurus Bulba, Velorum, Weeping China Doll, Building the Church, Lotus Feet, and The Murder

 

The Vai Academy 4.0 Schedule is subject to change. You will be provided with an updated schedule upon check-in. Also, we will post the daily schedule in the dining hall in case there are last minute changes.

Hard Rock Hotel, Palm Springs

“There is perhaps no more magical place than the desert in the winter. The weather is just too delicious to even write about. It’s clean, dry, and fresh. Experiencing a Palm Springs evening usually leaves a sort of mystical imprint for life.”

  • Hard Rock Entrance
  • Hard Rock Guest Room
  • Hard Rock Pool

Setting & Accommodations

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs hasn’t been called one of the best places to stay in Palm Springs for nothing. When it comes to catering to our guests, we roll out the red carpet and connect people through the power of music. From our unique amenities and longstanding tradition of hosting musical greats, we want your experience with us to be like none other. A laid-back vibe with star-worthy accommodations, we know you’ve come to play. This is Hard Rock.

The Pit

Area Attractions

Palm Springs, California, the ultimate desert playground, is an oasis for outdoor adventure, arts and culture, gaming and entertainment. The city’s storied Hollywood legacy, Native American heritage, and stunning collection of mid-century modern architecture reflect why Palm Springs is truly like no place else.

Tram Valley

  • Mountains
  • Dinosaur Museum
  • Hiking

Area Activities

Soar to the top of Mount San Jacinto, hike through ancient palm groves and along stunning scenic trails. Ride a cruiser through the scenic neighborhood, enjoy the Spanish style and mid-century modern architecture. Tour world class museums, leaving time for dining alfresco and walking to entertainment venues under the stars.

Visit http://www.visitpalmsprings.com/ for more details!

Travel Directions

Hard Rock Hotel, Palm Springs

Address
150 S Indian Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Website
Hard Rock Palm Springs

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Instrument Travel

FAA Rules - Bringing Musical Intruments on Flights

Upgrades

We will be offering two packages which feature different Ibanez Steve Vai signature models, in this case, signed by Steve and strung by Thomas Nordegg, Steve's tech. Guitars will be available at the event upon arrival.

JEM77WDPCNL MSRP $2299, our price $1699
Upgrade your Vai Academy experience with Steve Vai's Signature series Ibanez JEM77WDPCNL in charcoal brown. Vai will sign them and Thomas Nordegg, Vai's tech, will have them all strung. A $2,299 value.
*Guitar will be waiting on you when you arrive at camp.

JEMJRWH MSRP $666, our price $599
Upgrade your Vai Academy experience with Steve Vai's Signature series Ibanez JEMJRWH in white. Vai will sign them and Thomas Nordegg, Vai's tech, will have them all strung. A $666 value.
*Guitar will be waiting on you when you arrive at camp.

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Promos

Recieve these promotions at camp when you sign up for Vai Academy 4.0!

LINE 6 HELIX NATIVE PLUG-IN($399.00 MAP)
Critically Acclaimed Guitar/FX Processor in a Plug-in Format

Get that full vintage sound in a plug-in with the Helix® Native.

TC ELECTRONIC WIRETAP RIFF RECORDER PEDAL($99.99 MAP)
WireTap Riff Recorder is the must-have tool for every serious songwriter out there.

Jam on and don't lose your killer riff with this compact pedal from TC Electronic.
Build something majestic with the free WireTap app

*Upgrades and Promotions will be received when you arrive at camp.
**Sign up before October 31st to receive these promotions.

Pricing and Registration

“Personally, I am looking forward to talking about all of the obtuse quirky technique tools I have, which put me in my own little sandbox at the playground. That quirkiness makes you who you are as a player. Then, you can find those melodies and write songs. It all comes together.”

“For first-timers, I’d like to personally usher you into the fold. If this is your first rodeo, I want you to know we welcome players of all ages and skill levels. For those Vai Academy “veterans,” it’s an honor to see you again and again! Thank you!”

–Steve Vai

Room Types and Pricing

  • Shared Room with Two Beds
    2,199.00

    Standard Room with two beds and a roommate. You may either name a fellow registrant as your roommate or one will be assigned by Dreamcatcher Events. Roommate matches are based on age and gender. If signing up with a roommate in mind, please enter their name in the “Roommate” field as you continue registration. Roommate must also register for Vai Academy 4.0. Pricing is per person.

  • Single with One Bed
    3,499.00

    Standard room with one bed. Pricing is per person.

  • Bring Your Loved Ones
    4,199.00

    If you would like to have your loved join you in Palm Springs but not participate in workshops, we recommend this price point. You both share the accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, and attend all evening concerts together. During the days, while one of you is participating in workshops and living out your guitar hero dreams, your loved one can enjoy the wonderful accommodations and interesting things to do in the Palm Springs area. Your choice of one King Bed or two Full Size/ Queen Beds. When you purchase tickets there are two options for the room size. Pricing is for one participant and one non-participant. 

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • 3 amazing meals a day
  • Activities, and entertainment for 4 days and nights
  • Incredible welcome goodie bags
  • Wi-Fi
  • All workshops
  • Nightly jam sessions
  • Multiple jam rooms fully loaded with gear
  • Goodie Bag accessories from Ernie Ball!
  • Special Dunlop pic tin with commemorative pictures!

What's Not Included

  • Parking
  • Transportation
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Sightseeing excursions in the area
  • Personal musical gear – please bring your own instruments if you are not signing up for our premium upgrade

Pricing and Registration Policy

  • Registration & Payments
    • All rates are per-person, unless stated otherwise.
    • All prices subject to change. Prior sales excluded. Dreamcatcher Events reserves the right to change any price, package or offering at any time without prior notice.
    • All rates are subject to 8.9% surcharge, which includes all local, state, and occupancy taxes.
  • Installment Payment Plans
    • Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total purchase amount is charged to your credit card.
    • 100% of the remaining balance due on installment sales is automatically charged to the credit card on file on October 1, 2017.
    • Any registrations received after October 1, 2017 must be paid in full at the time of registration.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy