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About

Ben Rogers’ Instrumental Asylum delivers reverb-drenched, early sixties surf instrumentals together with original compositions in a similar vein.  The band has even been known to give a few jazz standards the surf treatment.

This outfit is a powerhouse of instrumental blues, jazz, and rock all wrapped up in a twanging surf-style package.  They are a band like no other.

Ben Rogers (guitar), Nikki Scarlett (bass) and Denis Close (drums).

Video

Video published by Vintage Guitar Magazine*

"Ben Rogers used his Reverend Descent baritone and Fender Custom Shop reissue Strat (running through a Mesa Boogie Series 3 and Fender Vibrolux) to play “Heroes” and “Incident at Docklands,” backed by his band, Instrumental Asylum. Stay tuned as he guides us through the gear, and read our exclusive interview with Ben in the August issue of Vintage Guitar! http://bit.ly/2N7fcbF"

*Vintage Guitar, Inc., PO Box 7301, Bismarck, ND 58507, 1-800-844-1197 (US and Canada), Phone (701) 255-1197, vguitar@vintageguitar.com

"Last Wave" at Pure Pop. One week before the beloved St Kilda venue closed its doors for the last time. Thanks Dave Stevens (Record Cat) for providing the opportunity for the band to perform at Pure Pop over the years, and also for providing the audio track for this clip. The tune is called "KangaRoux" (B Rogers/N Scarlett/D Close), from the album "Welcome to the Instrumental Asylum" (BL0510).

Video published by Vintage Guitar Magazine*

"Ben Rogers shows a few of his favorite instruments including a ’67 Maton Sapphire bass, then plugs his ’63 Guild S-200 into a Swart Atomic Space Tone and uses its line out to run signal to a Roland RE201 Space Echo then into his ’61 Fender Vibrolux. With bassist Nikki Scarlett and drummer Denis Close, he plays "Dingo Scat" before grabbing his ’64 Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120 to play “Alamania," both from their album, "In Search of Lasseter’s Riff.” Read our review of the disc in the June issue of Vintage Guitar! http://bit.ly/2I3GJbG"

*Vintage Guitar, Inc., PO Box 7301, Bismarck, ND 58507, 1-800-844-1197 (US and Canada), Phone (701) 255-1197, vguitar@vintageguitar.com

Gigs

Saturday 26 October, 2019

Ben Rogers' Instrumental Asylum, with special guest Cora Browne

8 - 11pm

Inkerman Hotel, 375 Inkerman St, St Kilda East 

Ben Rogers' Instrumental Asylum, with special guest Jasmine Mahon

Friday 20 September, 2019

9 - 11pm

Post Hotel, 304 - 306 St Kilda Road, St Kilda

Sunday 23 August, 2019

Ben Rogers' Instrumental Asylum, with special guest Cora Browne

9 - 11pm

Post Hotel, 304-306 St Kilda Rd, St Kilda 

Sunday 5 May, 2019

Ben Rogers' Instrumental Asylum

6pm

Lyrebird Lounge, 61 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 5 January, 2019

Ben Rogers' Instrumental Asylum

8pm

with The Gamma Rays

The Vineyard, 71a Acland St, St Kilda,Victoria, Australia

Saturday 8 December, 2018

Ben Rogers' Instrumental Asylum

8:30pm

with Los Tremeleros

Town Hall Hotel, 33 Errol Street, North Melbourne VIC 3051

Saturday 3 November, 2018

Ben Rogers' Instrumental Asylum

8pm

with The Gamma Rays

The Vineyard, 71a Acland St, St Kilda,Victoria, Australia

Saturday 22 September, 2018

Ben Rogers' Instrumental Asylum

8pm

with Los Tremeleros

Lyrebird Lounge, 61 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 1 September, 2018

8pm

with The Tarantinos (in conjunction with the St Kilda Live 'n Local Festival)

Dogs Bar, 54 Acland St, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia 3182

Friday 31 August, 2018

9 - 11pm

with The Vibrajets

The Gem Bar, 289 Wellington Street, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia 3066

Wednesday 30 May, 2018

7:30 - 11:30pm

with Dan Hall, Shannon Bourne, Kelly Auty and Boris Conley, Mike Rudd, Nick Charles, Geoff Achison and Jimi Hocking

The Lomond Hotel, 225 Nicholson St, Brunswick East, Victoria, Australia 3057

Sunday 25 March, 2018

7:30 - 11:30pm

with Interlocker

Bar 303, 303 High St, Northcote, Victoria, Australia 3070

Friday 23 March, 2018

9 - 11pm

with The Vibrajets

The Gem Bar, 289 Wellington Street, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia 3066

Saturday10 February, 2018

8:30 - 11pm

with The Vibrajets

Town Hall Hotel, 33 Errol St, North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3051

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