Thayil, Cantrell Judging Official Hendrix Guitar Fest

The 14 guitar playing finalists (seven adults and seven in a youth category) were chosen from regional competitions around the country. The winners will be backed by the survivors of Hendrix's original Band of Gypsys -- drummer Buddy Miles and bassist Billy Cox -- as well as guest guitarist Eric Gale.

The festival is a scaled-down version of an event the family had planned for Madison Square Garden this Spring.