Led by the Protector, Motown's "rat pak" came through with flying colours for this fantastic fest. Where else do you have an opportunity to see tinkerers (deaf ones too like newman) display their prototypes? I was just floored by the arsenal of gear these guys soldered up to make this such an incredible event! I met the 2 sweetest little girls in squid's/newman's room, they are so pretty! Poor kids don't know yet they have geeks for dads but they are 2 super cool fellows ! Kegger, thanks for letting me insult your Polk 10's, one of my least favorite speakers of all time! You had these things singing at the fest. You had one of the most underrated and most tuneful rooms at the show, it really grooved! I take back my insults and hope they will be justified next year! Grumpy, since this fest's organization is family based I guess that makes you part of the "rat pak" and you guys have made this one great show! Thanks for a wonderful event. Tom, get well soon bro, they need your savvy input to lead them into the motown era of funky gear that just happens to sound great. You are their spiritual leader. NOS valves, your La Scalas were great and so were your amps, another sweet room. Ed and Dave, what can I say? You guys are one in a million but I dunno which one of you is ! You guys rock! Get your ears dewaxed dave! It was a pleasure meeting you all at the fest and all my other AK buddies and hope to see you next year. What a great show, there are still so many of you I wish to thank for making the AK Fest the nicest of all shows! PS. Thanks Ernie, I got through customs easily. You made it happen for me.