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For more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive resume of composition and collaboration. His studio albums have set forth a vision that connects the dots between Explosions In The Sky and Tortoise on one side, Brian Eno and Brad Mehldau on the other. In the live setting, his performances reverberate with pulsating dance rock energy, which has led to numerous high profile appearances, ranging from Carnegie Hall to Celebrate Brooklyn, Newport Jazz to Bonnaroo. Benevento’s been invited to open for The Books, Ben Folds and Rubblebucket, while headlining shows from coast to coast.
The 35-year old artist took a major step forward with the release of his most recent album, TigerFace. The ten-track collection is painted in a myriad of sonic colors, shimmering with acoustic piano, synths and analog keyboards, while the songs are seemingly conceived from every wisp of melody, hook and cadence that's ever tickled his ear. Recorded and mixed by Tom Biller (Silversun Pickups) and Bryce Goggin (Pavement), TigerFace features a stellar cast of musicians recruited to help capture his ideas, including drummers Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam), John McEntire (The Sea & The Cake) and Andrew Barr (The Barr Brothers), bassists Dave Dreiwitz (Ween) and Mike Gordon (Phish) and saxophonist Stuart Bogie (Antibalas, Superhuman Happiness).
For the first time on record, Benevento presents vocals, inviting Kalmia Traver (Rubblebucket) to sing on the infectious dance rock rave-up "Limbs Of A Pine" and the pastoral psych rock meditation "This Is How It Goes." Other standouts include the angelic anthem "Eagle Rock," the soaring garage psychedelia of "Going West" and the piano riff rock jaunt "Escape Horse.” As anybody who's seen Benevento perform live can attest, with eyes closed, smile wide across his face and fingers flowing across the keys, the pianist is a satellite to the muse. Indeed, TigerFace, is the commitment to this pursuit; a soundtrack for fellow travelers with their eyes set on the horizon.
Mike Dillon Band:
From his high-octane performance and unorthodox percussion rig, to the perfectly orchestrated mellifluous cacophony creating that unforgettable "Mike D" sound, there is no question that Mike Dillon is one of the most dynamic, multifaceted, electrifying percussionists in the country.
After emerging in late 1980’s, as the first vibraphonist and vocalist to lead a rock/funk band, contributing to its evolution by his use of effects, Dillon has become well-known for producing genre-bending music that transcends categorization. Over the last 27 years, his creative song-writing and the repertoire of artists he has worked with - on tour, stage or in the studio - reveal his eclectic musical inspiration and skillful versatility. Artists such as: Les Claypool, Ani DiFranco, Polyphonic Spree, Brave Combo, Sex Mob, Galactic, Secret Chief’s 3, Karl Denson, Steven Bernstein, Charlie Hunter, James Singleton, George Porter Jr., Johnny Vidocavich and Bob Schneider. His individual projects include: Critter’s Buggin’, Garage A Trois, Billy Goat, Mike Dillon’s Go-Go Jungle, Hairy Apes BMX, Malachy Papers, the Dead Kenny G’s, who regularly open for Primus, and his latest, The Mike Dillon Band.
As a touring musician and prolific song-writer, Mike Dillon has continuously pushed his distinct sound in new and inventive directions. On stage, Dillon is a powerful force, with boundless energy that hails a punk rock/hardcore edge and the seamless ability to play multiple percussive instruments at once. For nearly three decades, fans have been drawn to Dillon’s organic style, creative musicianship and the way his music never fails to stir the crowd into a big dance party from start to finish. After taking a brief hiatus from solo projects, Dillon is back at the helm with his latest quartet, The Mike Dillon Band, which delivers a cache of his new songs, infuses fresh life into his classics, and features Mike Dillon (vibraphone, percussion, lead vocals), Adam Gertner (drums), Cliff Hines (guitar, bass, keyboard) and Carly Meyers (trombone, moog taurus pedals, xylophone, vocals), whose raw talent, enthusiasm and infectious dance moves have created quite a stir among music goers in the past year.