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Air guitarists compete to represent LA in National Air Guitar Championships

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The Contender "Mr. Bloody Penis Fingers" was commended by the judges for bringing his own towels to clean up his dripping "blood".
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The Troubadour was packed Friday night as 24 contestants took the stage hoping to win the chance to represent L.A. in the National Air Guitar Championships in Denver.

Competitors must exhibit showmanship, agility, and show some air guitar technique. But competition host Dan Crane's favorite part of the competition is the farewell, where audience members are invited to take the stage and all play air guitar together to Lynyrd Skynyrd's “Freebird.”

“Everybody, I think, in their day to day lives wants to get up on stage and just rock out and just be liberated. Be free to just express themselves," he said. "And they're just so few times in our daily lives when we get to do that and this is one of those times.”