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FREE - Marco Benevento - 4th Annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival
at City Winery New York City
Tuesday Evenings at 5:30pm (6/26 through 8/28) FREE ADMISSION, NO NEED TO BUY TICKETS!
Every Tuesday from June 26th to August 28th, Trinity Real Estate, Great Performances and City Winery will host a free neighborhood celebration of music, food, and wine. With its downtown location just west of Soho, the Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival is a uniquely urban summer festival for everyone from families and visitors to the after-work crowd. The FREE series of concerts will be held in the backyard of City Winery and features an eclectic mix of musicians, food vendors, artists and full bar service.
All concerts for the Hudson Square Music and Wine Festival are held in the space behind City Winery at 155 Varick Street btw Vandam and Spring Street.
Entry to the festival is from Spring Street, between Varick and Hudson, or from Vandam between Varick and Hudson.
Subway: Take the 1 Train to Houston. A,C,E to Spring Street.
212-608-0555 for additional info
MUSIC THIS WEEK: MARCO BENEVENTO
An exhilarating glimpse into the future of rock piano: Marco employs pedals, amplifiers, circuit-bent toys and sundry effects around his acoustic piano set-up.
ABOUT MARCO BENEVENTO
Marco Benevento is a young keyboardist whose jazz-rooted work has expanded to include indie rock, jam band, and post-rock/experimental influences. Born in 1977 and raised in the northern New Jersey town of Livingston, Benevento studied piano and befriended an aspiring drummer named Joe Russo in a junior-high detention hall. After high school, while Russo migrated westward to Boulder, CO and fell into the hippie jam band scene there, the more jazz-inclined Benevento moved to Boston to attend the Berklee School of Music, from which he graduated in 1999 after studying keyboards under noted jazz pianist and instructor Joanne Brackeen. Following college, Benevento formed a popular Boston-area improvisational outfit called the Jazz Farmers, which continued when Benevento resettled in New York City in 2001. Running into his old junior-high buddy Russo at a Medeski, Martin & Wood gig, Benevento accepted an invitation to perform a series of duo gigs at ~the Knitting Factory, which turned into a full-time partnership as the Benevento/Russo Duo. Benevento released four albums with Russo: Benevento/Russo Duo, Darts, Best Reason to Buy the Sun, and Play Pause Stop. Tying into Russo's roots in the jam band scene, the duo also spent much of 2006 touring as half of former Phish leader Trey Anastasio's backing band.
In 2007, Benevento began a live residency at the New York club ~Tonic, which led to the August 2007 release of Live at Tonic, a three-CD set taken from those shows that ranges from traditional small-combo jazz to post-rock/experimental soundscapes. Benevento signed to Hyena Records and released Invisible Baby in 2008 with bassist Reed Mathis (Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Tea Leaf Green) and drummers Andrew Barr (the Slip) and Matt Chamberlain. It was followed by Me Not Me on Royal Potato Family in 2009 with the same players. Benevento recorded 2010's Between the Needles & Nightfall for Royal Potato Family with Mathis and Barr. The album was tracked at Brooklyn's Trout Studio with engineer Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Akron/Family). Benevento promoted the recording by taking the trio on the road, playing club dates and festivals in the United States and Canada.