Be Sure To Catch Iceland's Petur Ben and others at Schlafly's Fishy Event
Brett Underwood
1/6/2008 9:10:04 PM

Schlafly Beer, Icelandic USA and Icelandic Naturally are once again bringing the Cod and Cask Festival back to St. Louis on Thursday, February 7th, Friday, February 8th and Saturday, February 9th. Aside from fish and chips, the Schlafly Tap Room will be serving several cod specialties as well as the always delicious Schlafly cask-conditioned ales. Renowned Icelandic chef, Chef Hakon Ovarsson, will fly in to prepare Icelandic cod favorites for the event. Schlafly will also be serving cask-conditioned beer along with regular Schlafly favorites.

Schlafly Beer and Icelandic USA will be bringing the Icelandic USA World Record Fryer straight from Iceland to fry up "Codzilla IV", the largest serving of fish and chips in Missouri, for the fourth time. "Codzilla IV" will be fried at a special VIP party on Thursday, February 7th.

In addition, Iceland Naturally will be giving away a trip for two to Iceland. Enter at the Schlafly Tap Room starting Monday, February 4th and continuing until 8pm on February 9th.

Performing on Friday and Saturday evenings will be Pétur Ben. Petur writes music you can't escape. The Icelandic singer-songwriter is a trained composer who, having earned his reputation in Iceland, is now taking on the world. The composition degree has come to good use for this indie rock artist. The music to Ragnar Bragason's "Children" and "Parents" are his first film scores and he has been involved in several theatre productions. Most notable are his score for Strindberg's "Dreamplay" directed by Benedikt Erlingsson and his arrangement for "Woyzeck" a Vesturport production with original music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. Pétur has also made a name for himself for arranging music for others, for example Mugison, Slowblow, Telepathetics and many other Icelandic artists.

Playing either alone or with his band, Petur engages every crowd with his easy presence and confident musicality. His debut album, Wine for My Weakness, was released in August of 2006 to rave reviews and named rock album of the year at the Icelandic Music Awards. Pétur composed critically acclaimed soundtracks for two feature films and two theatre productions; and that was just in 2006.

Also performing during the festival will be St. Louis Jason Hutto's supergroup of rockers, Walkie Talkie U.S.A. opening the show and Gentlemen Auction House, who’ve been compared to Belle & Sebastian and the Hush Sound. This show will happen in the Club Room and start at 9 p.m. Friday.

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