In 2012, producer Rebecca Weller was introduced to Paul Simon’s longtime guitarist Mark Stewart after he had led a parade of trombones down a street in the East Village. Weller and Stewart shared a passion for the participatory–and the recognition of the portable, democratic guitar as the quickest catalyst for sharing stories and songs –which resulted in him leading the first Guitar Mash “campfire jam” in a NYC living room. Our first signature Guitar Mash at City Winery NYC took place on November 11th , 2012, and has expanded to include new cities and a vibrant teen program for communal playing and songwriting.