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U.S. Air Guitar Championships: Chicago Hosts Regional Finals Friday

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Nordic Thunder, the reigning U.S. Air Guitar Champion, will be looking toward defending his title Friday at the regional finals at Chicago's Metro.
Nordic Thunder, the reigning U.S. Air Guitar Champion, will be looking toward defending his title Friday at the regional finals at Chicago's Metro.

Get ready for some serious shredding of the air: Chicago plays hosts Friday to its regional finals of the U.S. Air Guitar Championships.

And a number of extremely talented Chicagoans will be taking to the stage of The Metro, 3730 N. Clark, in their quest to qualify for the finals -- slated to be held in Denver in July. The national contest's two two most recent champions -- Justin “Nordic Thunder” Howard and Matt “Romeo Dance Cheetah” Cornelison -- both call Chicago home.

And Nordic Thunder himself will be competing Friday with his eye not just on repeating his national win -- a feat that has yet to be achieved -- but on claiming the world title.

"I've got a long road ahead of me though," Nordic Thunder recently explained to Gapers Block. "There has never been a US Air Guitar champion to win back to back titles at the finals. So the deck is not stacked in my favor."

Tickets to the event -- showcasing what Flavorpill rightfully described as "the second-most popular private bedroom activity … still a sacred art form" -- are available from The Metro.

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