Marco Benevento Plays “Fred Short” Suite, Covers Butthole Surfers [Full Audio/Video]

first_imgOn 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)last_img read more

Harvard honors Mexico City bus system

first_imgFor decades, Mexico City’s 18 million people choked in the fumes of thousands of “peseros,’’ the privately owned minibuses that clogged the avenues crisscrossing the capital city.Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government last night honored the creators of an innovative bus system that has dramatically reduced traffic congestion and pollution in the city – and that could be a model for similar innovation elsewhere in the world…Read more here (The Boston Globe)last_img