Chameleon Club presents
Slackwater News, The Vegabonds
223 North Water Street
Lancaster, PA, 17603
This event is 18 and over
For more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive resume of composition and collaboration. His albums 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 All Good Festivals. Benevento has 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 latest 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 conceptualized from every wisp of melody that's ever tickled his ear. Recorded by Tom Biller (Silversun Pickups) and Bryce Goggin (Pavement), 'TigerFace' features a stellar cast to help capture his ideas, including drummers Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam) and John McEntire (The Sea & The Cake), bassists Dave Dreiwitz (Ween) and Mike Gordon (Phish), saxophonist Stuart Bogie (Antibalas) and vocalist Kalmia Traver (Rubblebucket). As anybody who's seen Benevento perform can attest, with eyes closed, smile wide across his face and fingers free-flowing across the keys, the pianist is a satellite to the muse. With a devout and growing fan-base, Marco Benevento is an artist whose story is only beginning to unfold.
"Benevento jams with a concentration on the textures and colors available in his keyboards and arsenal of manipulated pedals and effects. His songs feature deceptively rich, catchy melodies and straight-ahead grooves that expand with subtle mounting gestures." - Rolling Stone
"...a musician so original that he can ultimately only be judged against his own standard." - All Music
"It's safe to say that no one sees the keyboard quite like Marco Benevento's genre-blind mashup of indie rock, jazz and skewed improvisation." - Los Angeles Times
"Marco Benevento is one of the most talented keys players of our time." - CBS
"Benevento's colorful, improvisational, piano-based compositions stretch so wide and cover so much sonic ground that the idea of genre seems quaint. Very quietly, he has been evolving into one of the most vital figures in jazz or rock or post-jazz or post-rock or, all of music." - Kansas City Pitch
"Imaginative at heart, Benevento demands you to be too when engaging with his work. Otherwise, you probably are missing out on something special. Driven to experiment with chords and melodies with the intention of getting a little dirty along the way, Benevento's collisional approach is refreshing and absolutely delightful." - Consequence of Sound
With their second EP "Graveyard Mates" the Slackwater News lets fly another batch of restless songs that walk that thin line between indie-rock and freak-folk; memorable for their melodies, sweet in their harmonies, and cleverly arresting in their lyrics.
The group-Matt Blank (drums), JJ Gammache (bass, vocals), Matt Johnson (guitar), Daniel Ramirez (organ/piano/keyboards), and Dan Zdilla (vocal
s, guitar)-proudly hails from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where a healthy modern arts and music community thrive alongside badly lit retail outlets, tourist buffets, and horse-drawn agriculture.
Their debut disc, "All You Creatures" earned significant regional notice as well as airplay on WXPN and other radio outlets in 2010. It drew comparisons to the likes of Dr. Dog, The Black Keys, Band of Bees, Spoon, Avett Brothers, Lumineers, and The Beatles.
This time around the group presents six songs about things like international phone calls, sharing house with polite ghosts, the oddly comforting certainty of entropy, and the equally comforting notion of spending that eternity in the ground with someone you love. "Graveyard Mates" is available for physical and digital sale on Halloween 2012.
The Vegabonds formed in Auburn, AL during February of 2009, a combination of two bands and two new comers, and haven't stopped playing since. A mix of different musical interests laid the groundwork for the debut entitled, "Dear Revolution". The album was released in the summer of 2010, with rave reviews stemming from local writers, all the way up to regional and national recognition with reviews in magazines like Alabama Arts and (the New York based) Relix Magazine. The Vegabonds toured the Southeast non-stop in 2010 & 2011 playing over 250 shows in the first couple of years, in promotion for Dear Revolution.
The Vegabonds also won the Relix Jam-Off and were featured in the June (2011) issue, and the song 'Shaky Hands' was on the compilation disc. Several of the albums songs have climbed to top spots on the Independent Charts. IAIRA ranked "Shaky Hands" #1 and "The Wanderer" reached #88. Indie-music.com ranked The Vegabonds 'Top 25 Unsigned Bands of 2011, after the song 'Shaky Hands' reached the top of Indie-music radio. In early 2011, The Vegabonds started recording their follow-up album, Southern Sons. The boys took a more southern roots approach to their second album, and when the first single "Georgia Fire" was released, it immediately caught a buzz around the musical community. The Vegabonds released Southern Sons in Jan. 2012, and then embarked on a 6 week European Tour in promotion of the album. Southern Sons has 4 songs (Georgia fire, American Eyes, Rooftop Surfin', & Resolution) in rotation on the radio worldwide.
The band's high-energy, guitar-driven brand of southern rock has made them a favorite across the southeast, and with an appearance at the Peach Music Festival playing alongside the Allman Brothers and the Black Crowes this summer, the next year promises to be a breakout one for the band.