Wall Street Journal Wall Street Journal - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | SEPTEMBER 16, 2008

A Guitar Contest With a Winning Surprise

San Francisco

"We're under way at Guitar Player magazine's fourth annual Guitar Superstar Competition, held Saturday here at the Great American Music Hall. Up on the balcony are the judges: guitar gods Joe Satriani and Steve Vai; the Cars' Elliott Easton; Dokken's George Lynch; and Brendon Small, a death-metal guitarist who's behind "Metalocalypse," an Adult Swim series on TV's Cartoon Network. Andy Summers of the Police, the master of ceremonies...

The fourth contestant, from Norwalk, Conn., performs as "the guy." His spacey approach is quietly flashy and intense, but at a crucial moment he hesitates, as if drawing a breath, before a furious flurry.

As the judges withdraw to select the winners, I pick my top three: Mr. Oreskovich, Ms. Genfan and the guy"
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