Marco Benevento keeps the surprises coming in SF

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The Independent – San Francisco
March 14th, 2015 //

Marco Benevento took over The Independent and turned it into a dance party on a lively Saturday night. Lying somewhere between jam rock and fusion/experimental jazz, the Marco B band didn’t fail to impress, especially with bassist Dave Dreiwitz (Ween) and drummer Andrew Borger on board. They’ve been Benevento’s touring band for the past three-plus years, and their chemistry hasn’t been better.

Hailing from New York, Benevento has been playing for well over a decade. His sound relies on experimentation with vintage piano instruments like the Hammond organ, Wurlitzer piano and the Optigan (an optical organ from the 1970’s) while mixing in new age samplers and computer effects. What it creates is energetic rhythmic waves of sound that are overlapped by the impressive jazz compositions of Benevento. It’s easy to create a sample and jam to it, but these musicians are well accomplished at their craft, and Benevento creates every sample live instead of just logging them into a sample bank.

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For those unfamiliar with Benevento’s sound or live shows, he’s not just some pretentious jazz aficionado. His sound is actually pretty modern, with some tunes sharing a familiar structure with bands like Matt and Kim. He writes catchy hooks, sometimes featuring a chorus with singing over single-note melodies. His live shows are always engaging and usually full of surprises. I’ve seen him a couple times, once joined by Killer Mike to play “Wu Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthin’ Ta Fuck Wit” and another time sporting a giant tiger mascot head. This time around, he pulled up a girl from the crowd to play “RISD” with him, battling back and forth on his signature organ.

Benevento played until about 1 a.m. mainly supporting his latest album Swift. Some of the crowd-pleasers were “At the Show” and the melancholy indie tune “Eye to Eye” from his newest record, the infectious dance tune “Limbs of a Pine” and “Fireworks” from 2012’s TigerFace, “RISD” and the jazzy “Wolf Trap” from 2010’s Between the Needles and Nightfall, “Heartbeats” from 2009’s Me Not Me, the dramatic tune “Bus Ride,” “Atari” and “You Must be a Lion” from 2008’s Invisible Baby.

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SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to ‘United States of Bass’ featuring Big Freedia 3/6 (FRI)

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Red Bull Music Academy Radio Pop Up presents “United States of Bass” featuring Big Freedia (Live), Arabian Prince, DJ Sliink, DJ Assault, DJ’s Spinn & Taso, DJ Deeon, Scottie B and special guests Kingdom & L-Vis 1990
1015 Folsom – San Francisco
March 6th, 2015 //

Celebrating its 10-year broadcasting anniversary, Red Bull Music Academy Radio has announced the re-launch of rbmaradio.com with a two-week, live residency at a pop-up studio in the heart of the Mission District. Running from February 25th-March 11th, the program includes various interviews, discussions, live sets and shows from both inside the actual broadcast location at Dijital Fix on Valencia St. as well as various city-wide venues over the two-week course.

This Friday, 1015 Folsom is proud to host the “United States of Bass” featuring a live, headlining set from New Orleans bounce queen diva Big Freedia, hip-hop Legend Arabian Prince, DJ Assault, Chi-town footwork pioneers Spinn and Taso, DJ Deeon, Scottie B. and special guests Kingdom & L-Vis. Highlighting sets from the pioneers of this nation’s most influential regional styles of bass music, this night is equal parts a history lesson and a house party that’s guaranteed to get that booty bouncing and your feet on the floor.

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PHOTOS: Marco Benevento, Ghost & the City at The Independent 3/29

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Marco Benevento with Ghost & the City, Kat O1O //
The Independent – San Francisco
March 29th, 2014 //

Marco Benevento, improvisational pianist and winner of the “most genuine smile in live music” award for 15 years running, returned to The Independent on Saturday for another glorious night of experimental jazz fused with rock. Oakland-based Ghost & the City showed dynamic range that was driven by magnificent singing — these locals have potential. Look at this eye candy from Pedro Paredes.

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Marco Benevento with Ghost & the City, Kat O1O (Crown City Rockers (3/29) //
The Independent – San Francisco
March 29th, 2014 (Saturday) //

Marco Benevento’s jam-heavy instrumental trio are making their usual stop in the City at The Independent on Saturday. There is a reason why Marco comes through the Bay Area with such regularity — it’s because every show holds it’s own gems of improvisation. Marco plays the keys in a uniquely emotive way and has the ability to lead jams down uncharted paths. It’s easy to see why Marco has built up such a solid fan base here in the Bay, so get your tickets while you still can and get those entries in.

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Marco Benevento gets TigerFaced at The Independent

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Marco Benevento and Mike Dillon, the melodic elements behind the jazz-fusion supergroup Garage A Trios, played a long and excellent show at The Independent on Saturday, February 2.

It was a night of delightfully endless jams and improvisation, and the fun crowd was there to party, dance and celebrate life behind the exuberant leadership of the Tigerfaced headliner Marco Benevento.

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Mike Dillon began the evening with an eclectic “New Orleans Punk” set. Since last summer, Mike Dillon has been touring with trombone upstart Carley Meyers, who is a New Orleans-based star in the making. Meyers plays the trombone with perfection, passion and she matches Mike Dillon’s punk rock stage persona. Meyers should be part of the NOLA staple of musicians that reign over Jazzfest for the foreseeable future.

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Marco Benevento joined the Mike Dillon group for their final song in his casual pre-show digs.

Marco Benevento joined Mike Dillon, Carly Meyers & the rest of Dillon’s band for their final song
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Benevento’s positive vibes and mellow, zen-like leadership capabilities are something to behold at a live show. He listens, adapts, reacts and obviously gets high from music. You can see it in Marco’s face when a song hits a peak or euphoric point. Benevento soaks up the moments, taking them in with a genuine smile.

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This tour, Marco Benevento has been rockin’ futuristic coke-bottle glasses, and this night he didn’t leave the piano until the end of the set, when he put the tiger-face that had been adorning his piano on his head. This led to a couple more tracks from his 2012 LP TigerFace, and a show closing number with “Limbs of a Pine.”

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Upcoming shows like Marco Benevento at The Independent:
The Wailers perform Survival on Thursday, February 7.
•North Mississippi Allstars – Friday February 8, Saturday February 9
•The Dirty Dozen Brass Band – Friday February 15, Saturday February 16

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