4 Days and Nights of Non-Stop Guitar!

Vai Academy 6.0 is a 4-day event for players and music-lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and tastes! Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan, our four-day programs offer activities and workshops for you. Our environment is non-competitive and is strictly about immersing oneself in the joys of music and our lovely surroundings! 

During Vai Academy you have the opportunity to enjoy:

  • Jamming with the one and only Steve Vai himself!
  • Performing with Steve’s band on stage!
  • Camper jamming every night until the wee hours – rock out until dawn!
  • A special signing session and photos with Steve and the other artists
  • Intimate breakout workshops with Guthrie Govan, Yvette Young, Nuno Bettencourt, Billy Sheehan, Joe Robinson, and Larry Mitchell every day all day
  • Breakout sessions will be organized by skill level to ensure all players are in the right environment. You’ll have the choice of beginner, intermediate, or advanced!
  • Master classes with Steve
  • Master class with Tommy Emmanuel
  • An extraordinary matinee concert by Tommy Emmanuel
  • Deluxe accommodations at one of Las Vegas’ most popular 5-star hotels
  • Great food and great company – make lasting memories every day!
  • Vegas, baby!

 

Steve Vai and Dreamcatcher Events respectfully ask all participants to be fully vaccinated or tested for COVID before attending.

Hello again!

After this last year and a half, where everybody has been thrown a curve, it’s going to be a blessed relief to get together once again. Being with another person and playing music together is a completely different headspace than anything else in the world. It’s different than playing sports, it’s different than being a co-worker, it’s different than being a family member. It’s different than being a spouse. It’s a precious relationship. When you’re with another person, communicating in an intuitive, impulsive, musical dynamic, there’s nothing like it. When you’re engaging in that, you’re expanding joy. We’ve missed that. I know I’ve missed that!

So, I’m very happy to announce that we’re back up and running! And I’d like to personally invite you to join me at my upcoming Vai Academy 6.0, taking place August 4-8, 2022 at the Hilton Lake in beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada.

Each of my camps has had a theme that we focus on and the theme for Vai Academy 6.0 will be “Finding Your Note.” Technique and all that stuff is great and there will be tons of it at the camp, but it’s not everything. The question that I get more than any other is: “how do I find my own voice on the instrument?” It’s a hard thing to discuss, because everybody has their own voice, whether they know it or not. So how do you recognize it? How do you exaggerate it? How do you expand it? How do you make it yours and surrender to it? How do you evolve that unique voice so that you’re completely you on the instrument? This camp will be focused on helping you to recognize your voice and then cultivate it to the point where you become completely comfortable with it.

I think there’s a very special pull to this instrument. When you love the guitar – the way it feels in your hands, the way it sounds when you’re playing – there’s almost like a sense of nostalgia. When I was a kid, that feeling of enjoyment and happiness and connectedness with the instrument was probably stronger than any other time in my life because I had zero obligations, zero pressure, and zero stress, about playing. My hope is that this camp helps to rekindle or cultivate that feeling, because that’s the chemistry that’s needed to evolve on the instrument. To find yourself on the instrument. To find your note.

There’s a note inside of you that sings. It’s very clear. It’s a very comfortable place. It’s a very joyful place. When you’re playing your instrument, and you’re connected to your note, your playing flows beautifully and transparently. There’s no fear in it, there’s no concern. There’s just a pure expression of freedom, of real enjoyment and enthusiasm, where that nostalgic sweet spot can truly be embraced.

This is actually what it’s really about. Most people think, “how are you going to make a living?” Well, it’s a completely mistaken premise that success equals happiness. It can. Absolutely. But it is not the answer. Happiness is something that you feel when you’re engaging in your purpose.

It’s not just me up there – we have all these incredible teachers that are giving multiple kinds of classes throughout the day. Every year we’ve had an extraordinary group of celebrity teachers come in and this year is no different. All of these players have really contributed beautifully to the craft and to the industry in such diverse ways. They have also all been able to discover their own note and then play with it. So they’re going to be speaking about that: How did they find their own voice on the instrument? It will be thrilling to have them there.

We have always tried to create a unique family environment for Vai Academy, this diverse family of very cool fans that have all become friends. It will be great to see faces that I’ve come to recognize through the various camps and when I’m on tour. As usual, I’m going to do my best to play with everybody. That’s my favorite part of the camp, I love it. It doesn’t matter how proficient somebody is on the instrument, none of that matters at all. Because it’s all about communication. It’s all about being aware. Just listening and playing. I love doing that with everybody. It’s quite a workout, but I love it.

Creative freedom is something that everybody has – they just don’t always know it. This camp is all about that. I’m very excited about Vai Academy 6.0, and I hope to see you there!

-Steve Vai

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Featured Artists

Steve Vai

Tommy Emmanuel, CGP

Nuno Bettencourt

Guthrie Govan

Yvette Young

Billy Sheehan

Larry Mitchell

Joe Robinson

Dave Weiner

Jeremy Colson

Phillip Bynoe

Thomas Nordegg

Doug Doppler

Stig Mathisen

Stephanie Bradley

Chris Cisneros

Schedule

Vai Academy 6.0 will begin at 3pm on August 4 and end at noon on August 8. A detailed schedule for Vai Academy 6.0 will be announced soon, but in the meantime, check out a typical day from Vai Academy 5.0 in 2019!!

Typical Day

  • 9:00-9:45am

    Breakout Classes with our guest instructors

    1. Beginner
    2. Intermediate
    3. Intermediate
    4. Advanced
    5. Improv
  • 10:00-11:45am

    Steve Vai Masterclass

  • 12:00-12:45pm

    Breakout Classes with our guest instructors

    1. Beginner
    2. Intermediate
    3. Intermediate
    4. Advanced
    5. Improv
  • 1:00-2:00pm

    Lunch

  • 2:00-3:00pm

    Steve Vai Masterclass

  • 3:00-4:00pm

    Steve Vai Masterclass with one of our special guests

  • 4:15-5:30pm

    Play with Steve’s Band or Breakout Classes

  • 5:30-6:30pm

    Gear Demo

  • 6:30-8:00pm

    Dinner

  • 8:00pm-??

    Steve Vai Concert with one of our special guests followed by jamming with Steve

  • 9:00pm-??

    Camper Jamming with Steve and our instructors!

Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa

Settings and Accommodations

Surrounded by the Mojave’s mountains and desert, Hilton Lake Las Vegas lakeside hotel is a 30-minute ride to the Las Vegas Strip via their shuttle service. They’re adjacent to MonteLago, a Tuscan-inspired village with a marina, shops, and water sports, and within a mile of Reflection Bay Golf Club. Enjoy the resort pool with private cabanas and Mediterranean-style spa.

If you have any questions, please call our customer service number (+1) 800-852-9277, or send us an email at info@dreamcatcher-events.com

Travel Directions

Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa

Address
1610 Lake Las Vegas Parkway
Henderson, NV 89011

Directions
Hilton Lake Las Vegas is just a short 20 minute Uber or taxi from Las Vegas International Airport.

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Instrument Travel

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Pricing and Registration

Register by Halloween for 10% off!!! Use discount code: VEGAS

At checkout, registrants will have the option to pay in full, or 50% now and 50% on May 1, 2022.

Room Types and Pricing

  • Shared Room with Two Beds
    2,499

    Standard Room with two beds and a roommate. You may either name your own 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.

    *Please note, pricing is per person and all registrants must stay at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas and all payments and deposits are non-refundable.

  • Single with One Bed
    3,599

    Standard room with one king bed for one participant.

    *Please note, pricing is per person and all registrants must stay at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas and all payments and deposits are non-refundable.

  • Bring Your Loved One with One Bed
    4,499

    If you would like to have your loved one join you at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas but not participate in workshops, we recommend this price point. You both share the accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals, and attend all evening concerts together. During the days, while one of you is participating in workshops and living out your guitar virtuoso dreams, your loved one can enjoy the wonderful accommodations and interesting things to do in the Las Vegas area. The room includes one king bed. Pricing is for one participant and one non-participant.

    *Please note, all registrants must stay at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas and all payments and deposits are non-refundable.

  • Bring Your Loved One with Two Beds
    4,499

    If you would like to have your loved one join you at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas but not participate in workshops, we recommend this price point. You both share the accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals, and attend all evening concerts together. During the days, while one of you is participating in workshops and living out your guitar virtuoso dreams, your loved one can enjoy the wonderful accommodations and interesting things to do in the Las Vegas area. The room has two queen beds. Pricing is for one participant and one non-participant.

    *Please note, all registrants must stay at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas and all payments and deposits are non-refundable.

  • Bring Your Loved One Suite
    5,299

    If you would like to have your loved one join you at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas but not participate in workshops, we recommend this deluxe price point. You both share lavish accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals, and attend all evening concerts together.

    During the day, while one of you is participating in workshops and living out your guitar virtuoso dreams, your loved one can enjoy the wonderful accommodations and interesting things to do in Las Vegas. Pricing is per couple.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • Lunches and Dinners
  • All workshops, activities and entertainment for 4 days and nights
  • Parking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Jamming with Steve

What's Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Breakfast
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Sighteseeing excursions in the area
  • Personal musical gear

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 a 9.9% surcharge, which includes all state and local taxes, plus service fees.
  • Installment Payment Plan – Upon checkout, you have the option to pay in full or one 50% installment.
    • Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total purchase amount is charged to your credit card.
    • The remaining balance will be automatically charged to the credit card on file on May 1, 2022.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.
  • Dreamcatcher Events LLC reserves the right to re-schedule any event if there should be an “Act of God,” pandemic, natural disaster, or any other circumstance which makes an event impossible to hold. In this circumstance, Dreamcatcher may issue full financial credit in the amount paid to all registrants who have paid. These “Credited” funds may be used solely for the specific event to be rescheduled. The financial credit shall last two years from the dates of postponement. Registration refunds will not be distributed in the event that an event has to be rescheduled due to circumstances beyond Dreamcatcher’s control. This also applies to any registrant who may not be able to attend an event due to Covid and/or Force Measure.

If you have any questions, please call our customer service number (+1) 800-852-9277, or send us an email at info@dreamcatcher-events.com

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy

Precautionary measures:

Vai Academy 6.0 will be following all protocols and safety measures set by the CDC, the state of Nevada, and additional regulations set by Dreamcatcher Events. This will include regular use of hand sanitizer and handwashing, as well as social distancing in all group settings. Wherever possible, meetings and gatherings will take place outdoors, and all safety protocols will be strictly enforced. Furthermore, Dreamcatcher Events and Steve Vai will be constantly and regularly updating our protocols to keep everyone safe on every level. Steve Vai and Dreamcatcher Events respectfully ask all participants to be fully vaccinated for COVID before attending.

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