News and Tribune

March 12, 2014

Get ready to ‘Bang Your Head’ at Rustic Frog

New Albany bar hosting three-day outdoor music festival

By JEROD CLAPP
jerod.clapp@newsandtribune.com

NEW ALBANY — For those who want to really feel the noise, they may want to stick around town for Labor Day weekend.

A three-day music festival, The Rustic Frog’s Befuddled Festival: Motley Muddled Mayhem, will run Aug. 29-31, with Quiet Riot as one of the acts.

But the festival will also feature a group of local musicians who gained national acclaim. Days of the New, a group out of Charlestown, will perform its first show with all the original members in 16 years, along with Tantric.

Red Scott, owner of the adult entertainment club, said it’ll host about 10 bands, both of national and local acclaim.

“We’re really trying to do this as a festival,” Scott said. “Since that’s a long weekend on Labor Day Weekend, so many people can’t travel anymore, so we figured it would give them something to do locally.”

The other acts include Faster Pussycat, Afroman and BulletBoys.

He said though the national acts will garner a lot of attention, he wanted to give local groups a chance to open up for their bigger cohorts.

“We’ve booked national acts, but all of our opening acts are in the Kentuckiana area,” Scott said. “Lots of those guys don’t have places to play so we’re trying to offer them that.”

Scott said the club tries to feature an event like this annually. But outside of the music, he said other activities will entertain guests.

“We’ll have vendors out back, probably some tattoo and apparel people,” Scott said. “We’ll probably do something like a volleyball tournament and do lots of stuff other than just the music.”

Though the club is known for private adult dancers, Scott said those who just want to hear the music don’t have to see adult dancers. The entire festival is scheduled outdoors.

Shawn Michael, Scott’s business partner and operator of the club, said he’ll host the event along with a guest host they’ll announce later along with three other bands.

Michael said along with a tattoos and body piercing available on site, they’ll also have world’s largest inflatable waterslide and body painting by artist Steve-o Shephard.

The event is for adults 21 and older. Tickets for all three days will cost $45. Scott said they’re still working out a one-day rate, but doesn’t expect patrons to pay full price for one day.