On Saturday, May 19, 2018, Miami Beach was treated to a very special evening with keyboardist Marco Benevento. Benevento was the man of the hour for the Rhythm Foundation’s 30th-anniversary fundraiser at the Gleason Room at The Fillmore Miami Beach. Benevento’s last solo project performance in Miami took place in January 2016 as part of the Rhythm Foundation’s Seaside Sessions series, so patrons and organizers already knew it would be a night to remember. The show was originally scheduled to take place outdoors at the North Beach Bandshell, but a forecast of heavy rain resulted in a venue change.The Rhythm Foundation, a non-profit organization formed in 1988, “seeks to increase global awareness through the presentation of live music as well as build and strengthen the diverse communities in South Florida through consistent shared cultural experiences.” Artists from all over the world and a plethora of genres have performed by way of the organization. Located in the colorful, cultural melting pot of Miami Beach, a focus has been placed on Latin American-, Caribbean-, and European-flavored bands. Benevento’s unique and energetic style, which blends sounds from all over the globe, was a perfect fit for the culturally diverse event.The poor weather did not put a damper on the event what-so-ever; the Gleason Room provided the perfect ambiance for the festivities. The evening began with a two-hour cocktail party, which included an open bar, hors-d’oeuvres from local favorite Taquiza, music by local DJ Benton, and an impressive silent auction. Hot ticket auction items were donated from popular business from all over the surrounding area. Auction items included a signed copy of Benevento’s recent 10th anniversary re-issue of his first solo album Invisible Baby; music-related artwork from well-known, local artist Lebo; hotel weekend packages at 4 and 5 star resorts; dinners at top-rated restaurants, including local music supporting restaurants 3rd & 3rd and Farmer’s Table; and packages from the area’s best wellness establishments (Float8, Yoga Journey, and The Salt Suite).Benevento and his bandmates, bassist Karina Rykman and drummer Andy Borger, came in smoking hot after a recent two night stand of late nights in New Orleans during Jazz Fest (in addition to Benevento’s two night stand with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and a late night performance with Worship My Organ). The trio warmed up the crowd with the groovy, seven-part journey of songs comprising “The Story of Fred Short,” showcasing their impressive range of talent. The festive dance party continued with “Greenpoint”, an instrumental, downtempo track from the album Between the Needles & Nightfall.A spacey, jammed out instrumental version of The Knife’s “Heartbeats”, a song that truly hit the indie map when Jose Gonzales covered it on his 2006 debut album Veneer, came next. The true bust out of the evening was a cover of the Butthole Surfers’ “Pepper,” with both Benevento and Rykman on vocals. Synthpop, crowd favorites “Limbs of a Pine” and “At the Show” rounded out the high energy set, with everyone in the house dancing and singing along. As always, Benevento had the crowd mesmerized during the entire performance.You can check out the full audio recording of the show, along with some video clips, compliments of CHeeSeHeaD PRoDuCTioNS.Full Audio[Audio: CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS]“Dropkick” through to “At The Show”[Video:CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS]Setlist: Marco Benevento | Gleason Room at The Fillmore | Miami Beach, FL | 5/19/2018Setlist: Intro: The Story of Fred Short*. Seven Twenty Two*. Walking With Tyrone*. Live A Certain Life*. Stay In Line*. I Can’t See The Light*. Follow The Arrow*. Greenpoint. Heartbeats.** Dropkick. The Real Morning Party. Pepper***. Limbs of a Pine.E: At The Show.*First 7 Songs: “The Story of Fred Short” (side B of the album, The Story of Fred Short)**The Knife cover (instrumental)***Butthole Surfers coverBand: Marco Benevento (keys, vocals), Karina Rykman (bass, vocals), Andy Borger (drums)
Press Association “I feel like I struck the ball well for the most part,” McIlroy told the tournament’s website. “On the greens I didn’t get anything going with the putter and anytime I missed the green I didn’t really get anything going.” The Northern Irishman admitted some frustrations at the Doral conditions. “It’s a frustrating golf course because you feel like you should be doing so much better, and it just doesn’t allow you to,” he said. “You have to be so precise and just to get the ball close on some of these greens and these pin positions. I don’t know if it’s because you’ve got memories of the course before, like going low, and the way it is now it just doesn’t allow you to do that.” Reed credited hard work for his success. “It means a lot to come out here and play as well as I did, with Tiger close to the lead and Hunter Mahan really close, Jason Dufner, all those great guys that are Major winners who have been on Ryder Cup teams,” he said. “They are just outstanding players. “I have a lot of confidence in my game. It’s one of those things that you build confidence by how hard you work, and I feel like I’m one of the hardest workers out here and it definitely shows.” Starting as overnight leader, Reed looked firmly on course for victory after opening up with three birdies in four holes, with a bogey on the par-four second taking him to six under par overall. However, he would not make another birdie for the rest of the day, which left him hanging on for his third PGA Tour victory, having triumphed at the Wyndham Championship in August 2013 and the Humana Challenge earlier this year. Reed began and finished the day on four under par overall, with compatriot Bubba Watson and Donaldson settling for a tie for second. Woods eventually finished nine shots adrift of Reed after a disastrous final round 78, with his back injury clearly hampering his efforts. The world number one was in contention after a superb six-under-par 66 on Saturday left him three shots adrift overnight. Needing a strong start to have any chance of putting pressure on the frontrunners, Woods began with two pars but bogeys at the third and fourth undermined his challenge and another one at the sixth left him needing a miracle. In the end, it was to the 38-year-old’s credit that he managed to complete his round, as he came home in a tie for 25th. Rory McIlroy had begun the weekend one shot off the lead, but the former world number one suffered a dismal final two rounds to finish five shots off the pace. Patrick Reed held his nerve to triumph in the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Doral, Florida as Tiger Woods was unable to mount a challenge on the final day. Reed appeared to be cruising to the biggest win of his career after taking a four-shot lead into the final nine holes before starting to struggle, with a bogey on the 15th leaving him just one clear of Welshman Jamie Donaldson. However, Donaldson made his first bogey of the day on the last to give Reed some breathing room and the 23-year-old American managed to steady himself to record a one-shot victory.