The 2016 Tritone Expo Family Guide

The 2016 Tritone Expo

In addition to two-floors of family-friendly exhibits — featuring local instrument builders, recording studios, gear builders, private amp and drum rooms, and a music-related art, photography, and video gallery — the Tritone Expo has a number of interactive activities that are great for kids and families. For a list of exhibitors and expo floor plan, checkout our Event Program. The Tritone Expo will be open from 10am to 6pm both days, April 2nd & 3rd.

Scheduled Activities

Scheduled Group Classes & Performances

  • Both Days - 10:00am-11:00am:
    Musical Adventures Program Open Sessions
    by Prestige Performers

    (6 MONTHS+) Prestige Performers' will be putting on large group sessions designed to promote healthy learning and socialization through dance, performing, and listening for toddlers through school age children. Children in attendance will work on identifying loud and soft sounds, repeating rhythms, playing instruments to the beat, singing solfeggi, and much more in a large group setting.

  • Both Days - 11:00am-12:00pm & 3:00pm-4:00pm:
    House Band Performances
    by School Of Rock

    (ALL AGES) School of Rock's Performance Program introduces teamwork and collaboration into music instruction by grouping students with other kids to put on real rock shows at real music venues. Students learn harmonies, musicianship and how to perform in an authentic rock show environment. School of Rock will be bringing some of their best students from recent sessions to perform for Expo attendees.

  • Both Days - 1:00pm-2:00pm:
    Acoustic Jam Sessions
    by Folk School of KDHX

    (ALL AGES) Witness an informal acoustic jam in an intimate setting, performed by some of St. Louis' most heralded folk performers.

  • Saturday, April 2nd - 1:00pm-2:00pm
    “Confessions of a New York Recording Engineer” - Hosted by Carl Nappa
    by ex'Treme Institute by Nelly

    Carl Nappa is ex’treme Institute by Nelly’s Executive/ Campus Director. Carl was a staff engineer at the Legendary “Hit Factory” in NYC during the 90’s and early 2000’s. During that time Carl work on countless sessions with just about every artist of the day. This workshop will tell the tale of life during those days in the NYC recording trenches. In doing so Carl will talk about recording and production techniques along with some great stories about your favorite Musical Icons.

  • Saturday, April 2nd - 3:00pm-4:00pm
    “Maximizing Your Home Recording Experience" - Hosted by Josh Harris
    by ex'Treme Institute by Nelly

    Josh Harris is not only an adjunct instructor at Ei, but he is a Recording Engineer/ Producer/ Composer/ Performer. Along with a discography filled with a Who’s Who in the Music Business, Josh has also made commercially released records in just about every location imaginable. Josh will be sharing what he has learned along the way in this Workshop. Topics will include but not be limited to, Room Setup, Utilizing your equipment, Recording Techniques, and tips on how to optimize your computer and audio interface setup...

  • Sunday, April 1st - 1:00pm-2:00pm
    “Beatology" - Hosted by Wyshmaster
    by ex'Treme Institute by Nelly

    Wyshmaster is ex’treme Institute by Nelly’s Director of Production/ Co-Campus Director. Wysh not only developed the Beat program here at Ei, the first of its kind in the industry, but he has been a Producer making records with the likes of Nelly, Ludacris, T-Pain, Techn9ne, and countless others. The Beatology workshop will be a look into creating music, or beats, in the virtual world. Topics coved but not limited to will include Drum Programing, Melody Creation, Basslines, Counter Melodies, and Song Construction.

  • Sunday, April 3rd - 3:00pm-4:00pm
    “The Untold Truth of Music Business” - Hosted by Alonzo “Zo” Lee
    by ex'Treme Institute by Nelly

    Alonzo “Zo” Lee is not only a Fulltime Faculty Member at the ex’treme Institute by Nelly. Zo is also a Grammy Award Winning Record Producer / Music Publisher/ Composer, and Recording Engineer. Zo has worked with Chingy, Ludacris, Usher, Britney Spears, and a who’s who of musical Icons. Zo’s workshop will focus on different aspects of the Music Business. Topics coved but not limited to will include Music Publishing, Copyright Law, Artist Development, and Brand Marketing.

  • Saturday, April 2nd - 2:00pm
    Drum Clinic - Hosted by John Pessoni
    by The Reapercussionist

  • Sunday, April 3rd - 2:30pm
    Drum Clinic - Hosted by James Jackson
    by The Reapercussionist

Drop-In Activities

All-Day, Free-Form Interactive Activities & Exhibits

  • Instructor-Led Beat-Making Stations
    by ex'Treme Institute by Nelly

    (AGES 10+) Have you ever listened to a song on the radio and wondered how they actually created the sounds that you are hearing? Well, with the help from an ex'Treme Institute instructor, you will be find yourself creating a beat or a piece of electronic music right on the spot.

  • Rock-n-Roll Instrument Petting Zoo
    by School Of Rock

    (AGES 5+) It's not every day that you get an entire rock band at your disposal. You can finally fulfill that dream of stepping up the mic, sitting behind the drums, or strapping on a guitar or bass, and with the help of School of Rock instructors, they'll have you playing music in no time.

  • Rock 101: On-The-Spot Bands
    by School Of Rock

    (AGES 5+) In the Rock 101 program at School of Rock, students begin their journey through unique performance-based instruction. SoR has condensed their program down to give Expo attendees the opportunity to join a band on the spot.

  • Folk Instrument Petting Zoo
    by Folk School of KDHX

    (AGES 5+) Check out an assortment of acoustic instruments while learning about the lessons, classes, and workshops offered by Folk School of KDHX for adults and children.

  • Mini-Musical Adventures Drop-In Classes
    by Prestige Performers

    (6 MONTHS+) Drop in on Prestige Performers' room and get a sample of one of their group music education classes for children. Prestige Performers offers classes for infants all of the way up to teens.

  • Recording Workshops
    by ex'Treme Institute by Nelly

    (AGES 10+) Drop in on ex'Treme Institute instructors as they conduct workships and Q&A sessions about audio engineering. EI will have lots of recording studio equipment on-hand for attendees to learn about and even use!

  • I'm In A Band T-Shirts & Loog Guitars
    by Tritone Rangers

    (AGES 5+) Tritone Rangers will have their shop-adjusted 3-string electric and acoustic Loog Guitars, as well as their I'm In A Band t-shirts for sale, both of which are designed to make all kids feel welcome picking up an instrument.

Food & Drink

Inside The Building

  • Both Days - 7:00am-6:00pm:
    Coffee / Soft-Drinks / Breakfast / Lunch / Treats / Etc.
    in Park Avenue Coffee (near main entrance)

Food Trucks

In The Cortex Innovation Community Commons

  • Saturday, April 2nd - 11:00am-1:30pm:
    Pi On The Spot
    K-Bop STL

  • Sunday, April 3rd - 11:00am-1:30pm:
    Guerilla Street Food
    Slide Piece
    My Big Fat Greek Truck

More Than Your Average Guitar Show

The Tritone Expo Offers Fun For The Whole Family

The 2016 Tritone Expo truly has something for everyone — bring the whole family and make a day (or a whole weekend) of it! Our location is easily accessible from all major St. Louis highways and offers three gigantic free parking lots and plentiful street parking. And, the surrounding area has so much, as well — the new IKEA, plenty of restaurants and shops, and of course, Forest Park! Get directions!


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