10 measures with Fernando Ufret

Fernando Ufret is inspired by Foo Fighters, Petrucci and Bach — not necessarily in that order.

Fernando Ufret, an acoustic guitarist and singer who came to Rochester from Puerto Rico, plays solo gigs around the city. To hear more from Ufret and support his work, head over to his Patreon page, .

1. Most listened to song in the last week?

"Times Like These," by Foo Fighters.

2. What do you drink during a show?

I don't usually drink, but when I do it's Lagavulin 16 single malt scotch.


3. Favorite local band/artist?

Wow! I have a few favorites in Rochester. The D'Sievers, Tracy Sonnier, Andy Rein, Ellen Thomes, Tiffany Strande, Pat Egan, Brian Archer, just to name a few…

4. Most memorable Rochester gig experience?

My most memorable gig in Rochester was in November 2013, about two months after arriving. My brothers Emilio and Bruno were there, my Potbelly family was there, all our Latino friends were there, and I met two of my best friends in Minnesota that night, Mike Fallenstein and Patrick Davitt.

5. If you could play alongside one musician no longer among the living, who would it be and why?

I would say Johann Sebastian Bach. He was the most creative and complex mind that has ever existed.

6. Top three artists at the moment?

Foo Fighters (I went to their concert in Nashville last month and I don't think I'll be over it soon), Dead Sara, and I've been listening to a lot of Dream Theater (again).


7. Who are some guitarists you are inspired by, and why?

John Petrucci. He is the definition of a complete guitar player. I've learned more from him than any other guitarist. Miguel "Tito" Rodriguez. Tito is the guitarist for the band "Sol D Menta." He is from my hometown in Puerto Rico. His sound and style, which is a mix of metal and tropical music, opened my mind to medley all kinds of musical genres. Plus, he is an amazing violin player.

8. One book everyone should read?

"How To Win Friends & Influence People," by Dale Carnegie.

9. Strangest thing you've ever seen an audience member do?

I've seen all kinds of things. Some things I could mention and some things I could not. To mention one, an audience member poured beer all over another person because he was too excited.

10. Best show you've ever seen?

Dream Theater's 20 anniversary tour in San Juan. They are my favorite band and that was the first time I got to see them in concert.


Fernando has gone south for the winter and doesn't have any shows currently scheduled. Look for his shows to be listed in 507 when he returns.

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