Real Good for Free: Beatfest @ River Street Beat Shop, 9/18/10

Ben Rogers Instrumental Asylum

Ben Rogers Instrumental Asylum

Australian surf guitar guru Ben Rogers lands in Troy on Saturday to headline the inaugural Beatfest at the River Street Beat Shop.

The free festival – which gets underway at 12:30pm on Saturday – will also feature performances by such Nippertown rockers as Johnny Mystery & the Mysteios and Complicated Shirt.

Rogers describes his music as “real guitar for real guitar nuts,” and he lives up to his promise on the upcoming Ben Rogers’ Instrumental Asylum album, “Instrumentally Disturbed, ” which is slated for release next month.

On the album, the Melbourne guitar hero features a dizzying mix of the band’s latest original tunes, as well as such nuggets as a frantic garage-rockin’ rendition of “Tell Him” (originally by the Exciters), a fuzzed-out re-invention of Django Reinhardt’s “Anouman” and his own unique spin on the classic “La Mer” (perhaps better known as the old Bobby Darin hit, “Beyond the Sea”).

Nippertown’s own veteran drum master Al Kash (of Folding Sky) makes a guest appearance on the album – and quite likely at the Beat Shop as well.

Admission to Beatfest is free; donations will be gratefully accepted for the St. Augustine’s Food Bank.


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