Hellblinki wants to have you in video

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YouTube may be great, but not all YouTube videos are.

"I've been meaning to do something like this for years. People like to check out bands on YouTube, but there are a lot of cell phone videos that are nothing short of bad, terrible and boring," said Andrew Benjamin, of the Hellblinki Sextet, which will be filming a free concert Saturday at Sky City.

A professionally made concert video will give viewers a truer vision of what the band and concert experience are like, he said. Not only people see the band from different angles, but they can see audience shots, giving them an idea of how people respond to the music.

Although now based out of Asheville, N.C., Hellblinki has its roots in Augusta.

Hellblinki describes itself as "punk, folk, pirate blues, psycho cabaret from the deep, deep South" and has played many concerts in the area. He said Sky City is a great venue and should video well.

He expects to have a large turnout because he's taking away one of the biggest excuses people have for not attending an event.

"Augusta's like any place else. People will say they couldn't make something because they didn't have the money," he said.

As if a chance at 15 minutes of fame by being captured on a live video isn't enough, Benjamin offers a few more perks.

"We will be performing three new songs that haven't been released yet," he said.

The band will also perform songs for its newest album, These Bubbles Come from Ants .

And Benjamin has one final word of advice.

"We're hoping people will dress beautifully," he said. "We are hoping they are going to dress up because they are going to be on a video that will be seen all over the world."

Doors will open at 8 p.m. with the concert beginning at 10.

Concert taping

WHAT: Hellblinki show and video shoot, with Mann Ray and Alison Foster

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 13, doors 8 p.m., music 10 p.m.

WHERE: Sky City, 1157 Broad St.

COST: Free


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