BLENDING hypnotizing technical chops with mesmerizing composition, Darrin Kobetich is an instrumental guitarist creating what he dubs "ambient delta raga thrash grass."
When he first picked up the instrument, Kobetich was taken by the early metal of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin; a move to Weatherford, Texas led him to form his first real band, an instrumental trio. Playing in the tight lineup allowed Kobetich to experiment with improvisation. From there, he played in a handful of metal bands before joining thrash metal band Hammer Witch.
After Hammer Witch disbanded in 1994, Kobetich teamed up with his brother, Adam, to form an experimental metal band. Under the Amillion Pounds moniker, Kobetich began writing his first acoustic songs—it was the first step in an entirely new direction and career for the guitarist.
Channeling Middle Eastern and other world music, Kobetich began learning about bluegrass and mountain music. Nowadays, his impressively varied roots show through in his latest compositions: a touch of Appalachia there, a nod to Rush here, Kobetich’s incredible virtuosity should be a sight to see for any guitarist, experienced or aspiring.
Friday, October 16, 8 p.m., $5 suggested donation, all-ages