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Ned Evett – The Man With The Fretless Guitar



Ned Evett & Triple Double blew into Atlanta on December 1st with Joe Satriani.  This band was an amazing opener!

With Ned at the helm, Malcolm Bruce: Bass and Todd Chavez: Drums were a power trio that rocked Center Stage with a fierceness like I rarely see.  Ned has a great sense of humor, talking up the audience between songs and sharing stories that made us all chuckle.

Ned Evett first appeared on the scene in 2004, appearing on national television in the PBS documentary ‘ Driven To Play ‘. The film covered Ned winning the North American Rock Competition, and introduced most people to the concept of a fretless guitar. The guitar used to win the show featured a shimmering glass fingerboard designed by Ned.

One of the things that sticks out about Ned, is his fretless guitars.  Look at this video of him playing.

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Shortly after the show in Atlanta, Ned called me from his tour and told me a little about him.

Growing up in music, it seemed natural that Ned would be a musician himself.  His great uncle was a Classical Composer, his mother was an Opera Singer and father an accomplished Pianist.  Starting when he was fifteen years old,  his journey to Fretless Guitar Genius was well on its way.  He studied classical music with a full scholarship and has been recording and touring since.

With five solo records under his belt, this forty three year old guitar master knows what he is doing.  It was evident when he took the stage that Wednesday night at Center Stage.

Along with his band, Ned has been on the road with Joe Satriani since October 25, 2010.  While on tour with such a musical icon like Satriani, Ned rarely gets a break as they play 6 nights a week.

When I heard his rendition of  Jeff Buckley’s version of  “Hallelujah” (written by Leonard Cohen),  I was mesmerized.  What was amazing was his transition during the bridge into “Sleep Walk” originally done by Santo and Johnny in 1959.  I asked Ned about that and he told me he had spent about five years on San Fransisco.  In 1993 he went out to see some new artist that was emerging.  That artist was Jeff Buckley and seeing him changed his life forever.

This clip comes courtesy of Cullun Culp:

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Ned is currently working on a Fretless Guitar DVD.  We are certain that whatever 2011 holds for Mr. Evett,  it will be great!  We look forward to keeping up with him and his many adventures!  The Backstage Beat knows this is not the last we will see of Ned Evett & Triple Double, and we hope the same for you all. Find him ONLINE, ON FACEBOOK and MYSPACE.

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Thank you Ned for the call and keep in touch!  Look forward to seeing you again in Atlanta.

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Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando



Ange Alex

I owe him a poem:

Here’s a story of a sad clown who one night in February was traveling through O-town. 

He brought a suitcase and a lot of gum, he brought music and videos and tons of fun.

He sang high but mostly he sang low, and he put of one hell of a good show.

He gave a bearded guy a cupcake and danced with a lady, a wolf he would make

There is no doubt he is a boss sir, he even got love from Kevin Costner.

Fans filled the plaza for a night of delight as the 7 foot clown gave us some real insight.

He sang Bowie and Queen and even some Who, also Cash, Lorde and “Let it go” too

Videos played of pets and babies crying, also beautiful artwork and people smiling.

Last night Orlando was anything but mad as we showed much love for a clown that is sad.

Ok, I’d cry too after that poem. Here’s some more info:

If you haven’t been to see a Puddles Pity Party show, you are missing out. 

The show had me smiling and laughing so hard my stomach hurt, but I was also moved so many times by the range of Puddles voice. True entertainment never gets old and I have a feeling he is going to last forever.

I loved the interaction he had with the crowd. He pulled numerous people up to help him on stage and all of them were good sports, one man even singing the entire song, “All by myself” karaoke style! The show was so well thought out and planned but with room for some hilarious improv. Especially at the end when he pulled the 3 fans from the audience dressed like clowns. At the end of them performing together, Puddles suddenly remembers that he is scared of clowns! Genius! 

Hands down one of the best performances I’ve seen in years.


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Kingsized Holiday Fun! Big Mike is Back at the Variety Playhouse!



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Big Mike Geier and his Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll Orchestra, along with the Dames Aflame Dancers, Lil’ Santa and other special guests, bring tidings of comfort and joy with their signature glitz and glamour in what has become a tinsel-time tradition at the Variety Playhouse. The all-ages 90-minute show features your Holiday favorites by the likes of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Heat Miser, The Grinch and more!

Photo: Emily Butler

We caught up with Big Mike to ask a few questions.

TBB: Big Mike! It’s been a couple years since we had the pleasure of seeing you perform live. We are so excited to be back in Atlanta and we are ready for this show. What can you tell us about this years event?

Big Mike: Welcome back to Atlanta, Ange! We’re also excited to be in town for another wild and wonderful Holiday Jubilee. We like to honor the tradition that the Jubilee has become and don’t mess too much with the format. You can expect the always magnificent sounds of the 12-piece Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll orchestra performing your favorite holiday classics and the dazzling Dames Aflame dancers providing the glamour. The show is all about holiday nostalgia, whatever that means to you: Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Donnie Hathaway, The Grinch, Rankin Bass, Peanuts, the Dreidel Song? It’s all in there.

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Turkuaz at Aisle 5



Brooklyn based funk band Turkuaz played at Aisle Five in Atlanta last week and here are some shots from the show!

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