Two Nights of Marco Benevento 10.23 & 10.24.13
Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge
Words By J-man
Photos By Carly Marthis & J-man
Having seen Marco with his trio countless times, there was a noticeable and clear leap in the trio's already solid chemistry and ability. A few songs into the set a relatively obnoxious group entered the room, not having heard the rules and clearly never having been to a listening room. One of the gentleman sat on the edge of the stage as Marco chopped away on the keys. The young man reached up and grabbed Marco's tiger head. As he want to put it on, the audio tech swooped in and snatched it from him. As the show went on the energy in the room climbed and Marco began interacting with the crowd with his quirky antics and comments. Some of my favorites of the set included "Greenpoint," "It Came From You," "Fireworks" and "Limbs of a Pine" featuring the vocals of Rubblebucket's, Kalmia Traver. As Marco danced around the stage he put the tiger head onto Dave who ripped into a heavy slide bass solo. Dave then passed the tiger head to Andrew who tore into the drums.
As the show rounded towards its close, a young woman with dreadlocks danced in the corner with a man who had been sitting in the front row playing air drums. Eventually the young man who had earlier been sitting on the stage returned to the front to dance in front the seated room. Just when I began to ponder "where is Kevin?" he dropped in like a ninja to handle the situation. Overall the evening was fantastic and featured an elevated trio with an appreciative crowd. As we headed out of the front door on to Lincoln St. we scratched our heads at the obscurity of the evening.
The trio took the stage and Marco glanced over with enormous smile on his face. It turns out that the excited crew that sat next to us was Rubblebucket. A few songs into the set Marco called Kal to the stage to provide vocals in person as opposed to the previous evening's vocal tracks. She jumped around with excitement and the band clearly enjoyed her presence. Not only was there not a spot to sit at that point in the evening, but a large crowd had gathered at the door to catch what they could of the stellar performance. My only complaint of the two evenings was the number of repeats within' the sets. An artist like Marco has such a vast catalog of material that it seemed unnecessary to perform repeats when he knows fans will be turning out for multiple performances. That being said, those two nights were a couple of the most enjoyable back to back evenings that we have had in some time.
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