August Zadra

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  • August Zadra is touring across the US and Canada as guitarist and singer with Dennis DeYoung, a founding member of STYX. The audition came about after DeYoung’s son discovered Zadra performing on YouTube with a STYX tribute band.

Describing the audition itself, August added some relevant advice for aspiring pro guitar players. “One big point that I would like to make is that the only reason I got this gig is because I can sing. I think this addresses a critical point for the guitar community – we all need to be the best overall musicians we can be, rather than “just” the best guitarist/instrumentalist we can be. I never considered myself a guitar-playing singer- rather, I was always a guitarist who also sang. The day I met Dennis, he must have said a half-dozen times that this gig is ‘all about the vocals.’”

  • August Zadra in Premier Guitar

Congratulations to August Zadra! I think this is wonderful to be in Premier Guitar ! August is featured in the new Ernie Ball/Music Man ads for the Axis! Premier Guitar and it's the first magazine the ad is in, and next month the ad will be in both Guitar Player and Vintage Guitar.

and here's the full ad...... ... /?fm=2#pg4

  • August joined Dennis DeYoung in 2010 on lead guitar and vocals. Since the age of 15, guitar playing has been a passion that pulled August from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Hollywood, California, where he attended and graduated from the Guitar Institute of Technology. His roots are in classic rock and, while raising a family, he chose to focus his musical talents on paying tribute to some of his greatest inspirations. 

August has been a constant in the Los Angeles music scene for the past 20 years, playing with a variety of bands and is often sought out as a guitarist/singer collaborator for recording projects. His guitar playing was featured nationally on VH-1 in a “You Rock With” segment, and he has performed with members of Boston, the Gin Blossoms, and Poison.

August is endorsed by Ernie Ball/Music Man guitars, Splawn Amplification, Line 6, and GHS Strings. 

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