Fretless Guitar God Ned Evett Rocks Buffalo, Syracuse, and Rochester This August

Ned Evett, a pioneer in the world of fretless guitarists, makes his return to upstate New York for the first time in over two decades this August.

Evett kicks off a string of live performances with a live concert at the Westcott Theater in Syracuse, on August 6. Immediately following, is his show at Buffalo’s Iron Works on August 7. Evett finishes off his New York stops with a live show at the Spirit Room in Rochester.

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Over the last two decades, Ned Evett has cemented himself as an influential figure in the world of guitar players. In the early 1990s, Evett smashed his guitar after playing a show and handcrafted his own fretless guitar. Since then, Evett has mastered the style of fretless playing, which requires an immense understanding of the instrument’s sound and impeccable perfect pitch.

During his career, Evett has performed in over 30 countries with hundreds of touring artists, including Joe Satriani, Leon Russell, Kansas, Eric Johnson, George Thorogood, and John Scofield. Despite his extensive touring history, he has not made a return to upstate New York in over two decades. His name might be familiar to longtime guitar fans in the region, though. In 2003, Evett won the North American Rock Guitar Competition at the University of Buffalo. Since then, Evett has received massive critical acclaim. Described by Guitar Player magazine as “the world’s first fretless guitar rockstar” and dubbed “the king of the glass-necked guitar” by USA Today, Evett is the inventor of the glass-necked fretless guitar and the glass slide capo.

Evett will perform in a trio, with Rochester-based Steve Imburgia on drums and percussion and Brian Barr on bass for the New York shows. He will perform songs from his forthcoming record, Strange Kind of Freedom, which is set to release on November 8, as well as several fan favorites from his 12 prior solo releases.

Information for the New York shows are listed below.

Aug. 6 — Syracuse @ Westcott Theater
tickets: $20
doors: 7 p.m.
show: 8-10 p.m.
address: 524 Westcott St., Syracuse, NY 13210

Aug. 7 — Buffalo @ Buffalo Iron Works
tickets: $40
doors: 7 p.m.
show: 8-10 p.m.
address: 49 Illinois St., Buffalo, NY 14203

Aug. 8 — Rochester @ The Spirit Room
doors: 7 p.m.
show: 8:30-10:30 p.m.
address: 139 State St., Rochester, NY 14614

8/6 Tuesday Syracuse NY Westcott Theater
8/7 Wednesday Buffalo NY Iron Works
8/8 Thursday Rochester NY The Spirit Room

11/8 Friday Okinawa Japan Kadena Festival
11/14 Thursday San Pedro CA Alvas Showroom
11/16 Saturday Mill Valley CA Sweetwater Saloon
11/23 Saturday Boise ID Sapphire Room

Any additional information and tickets are available on Ned Evett’s website linked here.

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