Marco Benevento to Take Stage at The Cutting Room November 16
Marco Benevento is known for exploring the worlds of jam, jazz, and indie music, and, on Saturday, November 16, he will allow fans to explore with him as he takes the stage at The Cutting Room with special guests Cuddle Magic and Arjun.
Just in this past year, Benevento has pushed more musical boundaries than most artists likely will in their lifetimes. This past summer, I witnessed Benevento play a campfire set at the unique music festival Equifunk, which is held at a summer camp in Pennsylvania. The show began around 1 a.m., and the stage was set upon wood chips with a blazing fire in the middle. He started with a Bob Dylan classic: “Everybody Wants to Get Stoned.” As I stood upon a tree stump to see what was about to go down, I saw Benevento using a technique on his piano that I later found out was called ‘circuit bending.’ Benevento uses modified electronic toys to compose music and create an aesthetically psychedelic virtual experience.
In a recent interview Benevento stated, “I love the camaraderie and the feeling of getting people all together to sing and find a common ground.” The camaraderie was definitely felt when the lead singer from The Main Squeeze, Corey Frye, sang “Georgia on My Mind” alongside Benevento. Throughout the 8-hour show, he welcomed guest appearances from Nigel Hall, Sister Sparrow, and even Eddie Roberts’s son, who made an appearance on the keys. The show went on until the sun came up as Marco Benevento played any song that was shouted out at him with ease. Each song was an eclectic rendition of originals from artists such as Amy Winehouse, Ray Charles, and The Beatles. Benevento’s impromptu entertainment, which lasted until 9 that morning, was a wonderful way to appreciate music like I had never witnessed it before.
“Tigerface,” Benevento’s latest album was released in 2012, and is his fourth album to date. Over the course of the ten track effort, he calls upon musicians like drummers Matt Chamberlain (Brad Mehldau, Bill Frisell), bassists Dave Dreiwitz (Ween), Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green) and Mike Gordon (Phish), violinist Ali Helnwein (Traction Avenue Chamber Orchestra) and saxophonist Stuart Bogie (Antibalas, Superhuman Happiness).
The Cutting Room is an intimate venue that allows you to personally connect to the artist on stage. The show on November 16th should not be missed, as Benevento ensures each performance will be a memorable one. If you cannot attend for any reason, all hope is not lost. Marco Benevento will also be playing a late-night after party during Phish’s NYE run in New York at Highline Ballroom on Monday, December 30 that begins 11:59 p.m. As we learned at Equifunk, time is no factor for Benevento when he’s on stage, so be prepared to go until the early morning. The doors to The Cutting Room open at 6:00 p.m. and the show begins at approximately 7:00 p.m. If you want to keep the funk flowing, The New Orleans Suspects will be playing a show after at The Cutting Room that begins promptly at 12:00 a.m.
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Check out the video ‘Eagle Rock, a song on “Tigerface” that highlights a softer side of Marco Benevento: