Since 1999, the New York Guitar Festival has explored virtually every aspect of the guitar’s musical personality, presenting many of the world’s most distinctive and influential guitarists and giving them interesting creative challenges: this year, scoring silent films of Buster Keaton.

If you think you’ve heard everything from Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo or Del Fuegos front man turned kid-rock icon Dan Zanes, now is your chance to be surprised. 

Other events include the Alternative Guitar Summit and tribute to Jim Hall at the Rockwood Music Hall, January 13-15.