Ned Evett 

Ned Evett is one of those people who will be too famous to go to his 20-year high-school reunion. As winner of the 2003 North American Guitar Competition, he completely stole the show. It's enough that he plays a fretless, glass-necked guitar, that he invented, but he's really, really good, too. A tall, unassuming man with glasses and naturally curly hair, Evett's outside hides a guitar virtuoso inside. Fusing jazz, soul, blues and rock, when you hear him play you'll know you're witnessing something special. Sometimes his songs are melancholy, sometimes joyous, but he plays every song with intensity while making it look easy at the same time. He's headed for the United Kingdom in July to promote his newest album iStole. And, according to The Bouquet's Web site, he'll be playing there with Todd Rippo's Big Black Cadillac next Wednesday. Tour information for his shows on his Web site, www.nedevett.com, doesn't list this particular event, which has me a little concerned. I can understand why he might not be able to play Boise before he takes off into the wild blue yonder. With eight appearances in the United Kingdom in July, and two back here in Boise in August, I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't have time to stop here first. But, who knows. Maybe this show is just for fun, maybe it's to warm up before his tour, or maybe he just really wants to share the love with his hometown. It doesn't really matter. I will be at the Bouquet, at the table closest to the stage well before 9 p.m. on the Wednesday, June 15. If Ned and Todd aren't playing that night, some band will be getting my undivided attention.

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