By Chris MeyerTigerFace, the new album by Marco Benevento, begins with a driving drum beat and those experimental sounds that we have all come to appreciate from the mad scientist. As Rubblebucket’s Kalmia Traver lends her vocal talents to the dance-driven pop of ‘Limb of a Pine’, we witness an immediate change of pace for Benevento. For the first time, Benevento adds vocals to his body of work; a pleasant surprise. Traver again appears on the second track, ‘This Is How It Goes’, which has this sweet airiness to it; something straight out of the electro-pop world.While listening to ‘Eagle Rock’ (my personal favorite track on the album), you feel as if you are walking down the streets of New York to a movie score; it simply has that effect. It is such a beautiful song and violinist Ali Helnwein’s playing allows the music to breathe and move with you. This is a song that should be at the top of everyone’s playlist. Benevento delivers sheer brilliance here.Though this album appears to be a bit of a changing of the guard for the pianist, this has something for even the most old-school fans; case in point, the eerie ‘Soma’ and the super experimental ‘Do What She Told You’.The last track on TigerFace showcases Marco’s ability to speak to us through his piano playing. ‘This Is How It Goes’ brings the album full circle as we revisit the earlier electro-pop eloquence that Benevento is seemingly so adept at delivering. Benevento’s masterful finger work is evident, and allows you to sit back, close your eyes, and listen to the story he is telling you.Benevento evokes emotion so deftly with his music. He is able to create a whole scene in a listener’s mind, and does it so easily with his mastery of his instrument. Bringing in artists of the highest caliber such as Mike Gordon (Phish), Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green), Dave Dreiwitz (Ween), John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea & The Cake), and Andrew Barr (The Slip/Barr Brothers), allows Marco to do what he does best – explore and experiment. His avant-garde approach allows for sonic explorations into the musical landscape. It is easy to get lost in listening.It is wild to hear how he can mix so many styles of music in just one song, let alone a full-length album. He does this effortlessly as we are given tastes of electro, synth-pop, hip-hop, avant-garde jazz, and psyche rock. Adding vocals to two songs for the first time is just another musical notch in the belt for Benevento, which adds yet another layer to this fantastic creation. TigerFace is a solid outing from Marco Benevento and company; it lends even more proof to the capabilities of this talented pianist, organist and composer.Check out two tracks from TigerFace right here:‘This Is How It Goes’: ‘Limbs of a Pine’To purchase the album, check out www.marcobenevento.comBenevento is set to begin an extensive fall tour, be sure to check him out when he rolls into a neighborhood near you.Tour Dates09/14 Terrapin Crossroads |San Rafael,CA09/19 Water StreetMusic Hall |Rochester,NY^09/20 Nietzsche’s |Buffalo,NY^09/21 Beachland Ballroom |Cleveland,OH09/22 Martyr’s |Chicago,IL^09/23 Cafe Paradiso |Fairfield,IA^09/24 Vaudeville Mews |Des Moines,IA^09/25 Record Bar |Kansas City,MO^09/26 Old Rock House |St. Louis,MO^09/27 Headliner’s Music Hall |Louisville,KY^09/28Woodland’s Tavern |Columbus,OH^09/29RexTheatre|Pittsburgh,PA^10/11 TT & The Bears |Boston,MA10/12 Bowery Ballroom |New York,NY10/13 The Blockley |Philadelphia,PA10/14 Bridge StreetLive |Collinsville,CT10/17 The Press Room |Portsmouth,NH10/18 The Press Room |Portsmouth,NH10/19 Higher Ground |Burlington,VT#10/20 The Iron Horse |Northampton,MA#11/07 The Southern |Charlottesville,VA11/08 Pisgah Brewery |Black Mountain,NC11/09 Ciderhouse |Knoxville,TN11/10 NewEarthMusic Hall|Athens,GA11/11 ThePourHouseMusic Hall|Raleigh,NC11/12 Casbah |Charlotte,NC11/13 The Soapbox |Wilmington,NC11/14 Jewish Mother |Virginia Beach,VA11/15 Capital Ale House |Richmond,VA11/16UStreetMusic Hall|Washington,DC11/17 8×10 |Baltimore,MD^ support Mike Dillon Band# support Superhuman Happiness» marcobenevento.com
According to a post on Sir Elton John‘s official website the singer is currently suffering with appendicitis and has taken off from touring indefinitely.Sir Elton is supposedly undergoing intensive antibiotics in preparation for upcoming surgery to resolve the problem. Until he is again healthy he has been advised by medical professionals to cease touring and performing; on average Sir Elton performs over 120 concerts per year.On the inability to perform and necessity to cancel shows a spokesman for Sir Elton has said the following:Elton is incredibly disappointed to postpone these tour dates. To know that he made such super-human efforts and continued to perform to thousands through his illness only confirms his dedication to his European fans. He is eager to be back on top form and return to play the remaining shows starting in early September 2013.Read the original announcement via his official website here.From all of us at Live for Live Music we wish Sir Elton a speedy recovery!
Aqueous, a rising jam band from Buffalo, NY, has announced an extensive fall tour calendar. They will be joined by artists such as The Mantras, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and The McLovins for several dates throughout September, October, and into early November.Fresh off their appearance at The Peach Music Festival, Aqueous will finish off the month with a number of east coast dates, including an appearance at Moe.down Music Festival. The tour really kicks off in late September, and grooves through October into early November, with stops along the East Coast and throughout the Midwest.Aqueous Tour Schedule:8/27 – Frederick, MD – Café 611 8/28 – Waynesboro, VA – Hot Spot 8/29 – Ferguson, NC – Mantrabash 8/31 – Turin, NY – moe.down Music Festival 9/5 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop 9/9 – Magic Hat Private Event 9/13 – Sherman, NY – Night Lights Fall Festival 9/19 – Sterling, NY – Last Daze of Summer Festival 9/24 – Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlie’s 9/25 – Evansville, IN – Lamasco Bar 9/26 – Knoxville, TN – Preservation Pub 9/27 – Erie, PA – King Rook Club 10/3 – Pataskala, OH – Resonance Festival 10/7 – Boston, MA – Wonder Bar 10/8 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Saint 10/9 – New Haven, CT – Stella Blues 10/10 – Providence, RI – Spot Underground 10/11 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Putnam Den 10/16 – Virginia Beach, VA – Doc Taylor’s 10/17 – Roanoke, VA – Martin’s 10/18 – TBA 10/23 – Ithaca, NY – The Dock* 10/24 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall* 10/25 – Buffalo, NY – Iron Works – CD Release Party* 10/28 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl^ 10/29 – Harrisburg, PA – Abbey Bar# 10/30 – Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger* 10/31 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry* 11/1 – Waynesboro, VA – Hot Spot* 11/6 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon 11/7 – Canton, NY – Java Barn 11/8 – Burlington, VT – Nectars* w/The Mantras # w/ Pigeons Playing Ping Pong ^ w/ The McLovin’s
Mad Tea Party Jam 4 has revealed their first of three lineup announcements, and this one is a doozy! The festival, which is held in Hedgesville, WV from June 18-21, will see performances from a number of L4LM favorites, including:TurkuazTAUKAqueous x2Earphunk x2Vibe and DirectBrokedown HustlersMojofloTickets for Mad Tea Party Jam 4 are currently available via the festival’s official website.
Recently, Prince invited a number of guests to his Paisley Park for a “Dance Rally 4 Peace.” The surprise concert was revealed via social media, and those in attendance were asked to wear gray in solidarity with Freddie Gray, who was allegedly killed in police custody.Prince Hosts A Dance Party In Memory of Freddie GrayNow, Prince has made the full soundboard recording of the event available via SoundCloud. The concert includes tracks like “Chaos & Disorder,” “Dreamer,” Crimson & Clover,” “Guitar,” “PLECTRUMELECTRUM.” and The Waterboys’ “The Whole of the Moon” with Prince playing bass.Enjoy the show below:
Last weekend, the Without A Net super group defied expectations with an awe-inspiring performance of Grateful Dead music at the BB King Blues Club in New York, NY. The late night, Dead & Company after party featured an all-star lineup from the jam band scene, and the players let loose to wade through the Grateful Dead catalog.The band featured Todd Stoops (RAQ) on keys, Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine/Stratosphere All-Stars) on guitar, Scotty Zwang (Dopapod) on drums, Hayley Jane on vocals, and the veteran bassist Reed Mathis, who currently plays in Bill Kreutzmann’s solo band Billy & The Kids.Opening with an extended jam, the group segued into “Casey Jones” and never relented! With a special sit-in from Dave Watts (The Motet) on drums and Emily Clark on vocals for “They Love Each Other”, the show proved to be one of L4LM’s best yet! Listen to the full show audio below:Until next time, Deadheads!Setlist: Without A Net Super Group at BB King’s Blues Club, New York, NY – 11/7/15One Set: Casey Jones, Scarlet Begonias, Brown Eyed Women, They Love Each Other*, Bird Song, New Speedway Boogie, Touch Of GreyEncore: Ramble On Rose* = w/ Dave Watts of the Motet on drums and Emily Clark on vocals
2015 was a serious year for Lettuce. The funk outfit put out a phenomenally received new record and dropped a documentary film, all the while powering through a country-wide tour. The band is firing on all cylinders and fans are in high spirits. Lettuce will bring one of their most prolific years to a proper close and kick off 2016 with two nights at Brooklyn Bowl, January 1st and 2nd. Get tickets here and here.The shows will include two sets, with one at around 10:30 PM and the other starting at 12:30 AM, giving Phish phans ample time to cruise out to Williamsburg on the ~L Train~ after the music at Madison Square Garden.The band will be coming off a huge New Year’s Eve blowout with Turbo Suit and Future Rock at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago. Get more info on that here.Lettuce New Year’s Eve Run 2015-2016December 31st: Lettuce, Future Rock, Turbo Suit at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL // Get TicketsJanuary 1st: Lettuce at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY // Get TicketsJanuary 2nd: Lettuce at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY // Get Tickets
Fresh off an exciting fall tour, McLovins are rip roaring and ready to go for another extensive trip around the country. The band has announced a 25+ date tour schedule, including stops throughout Colorado and stretching the length of the East Coast.For those who haven’t heard this soulful funk-rock outfit, it’s an impressive combination of songwriting skills with extended improvisations and instrumental ingenuity. The band recently released a self titled album with Grammy award winning producer Bill Sherman, and have been touring extensively since.L4LM Premiere: McLovins Jam Out On ‘Thick Of It’ From New AlbumCheck out the full schedule of dates, which includes sets with Perpetual Groove, Aqueous, Mister F, and Frogs Gone Fishing, on the calendar below:
This past weekend, something incredible happened. Phish played their first destination festival in Riviera Maya, Mexico for three nights of straight tropical thunder. The community is still buzzing with the after-effects in what was undoubtedly their best Phish experience to date.In attempt to share the un-shareable moments with those who did not make it, and from a perspective unbeknownst to humans, one particular rebelde launched a drone over the dancing fans presumably during Sunday’s show when they played ‘Yarmouth Road’.Phish Debuts Led Zeppelin’s ‘The Ocean’ During Jam-Fueled Mexico Finale [Recap]The YouTube poster apparently “knows a guy who knows a drone guy” that “shot this phish video before getting his ass kicked out only to paddle board right back in…because its phish, and musics more important than money or laws. remember footloose?! CHA”.To the drone guy, you are our hero. Watch the marvelous spectacle below:[H/T JamBase]
High school students from six states gathered at Harvard Divinity School (HDS) in June for a conference on religious diversity and tolerance. Co-sponsored by the Interfaith Action’s Youth Leadership Program and Harvard University’s Pluralism Project, the daylong conference, called ‘T.I.D.E. (Teenage Interfaith Diversity Education): The Wave of Change,’ featured workshops, dialogue, games, and other activities.