Marco Benevento

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 MGMT 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 has been invited to open for The Books, Ben Folds and Rubblebucket, while headlining shows from coast to coast.

The 36-year old artist took a major step forward with the release of his 2012 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.

In 2014, Benevento returned to the studio to record his latest work with producer Richard Swift whose resume includes The Shins, Foxygen and Tennis. Together, they focused their attention on a collection of news songs Benevento had written that expand upon his lush instrumental piano rock to include vocals. The album, entitled Swift, will be released September 16 on Royal Potato Family.

As anybody who’s seen Marco 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, Benevento is an artist whose story is only beginning to unfold.

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra

"Scales is to steel pans ….what Bela Fleck is to the banjo—an über innovator." (Driftwood Magazine)

Classically-trained composer turned steel pan maestro, Jonathan Scales brings a new, innovative twist to the traditional Caribbean instrument. With powerhouse drummer Phill Bronson and wildly-imaginative bassist Cody Wright, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra is an instrumental ride of twists and turns through modern rhythm, melody, and harmony. The group is said to have "a Thelonius Monk-like attitude with a Mozart creativity that works." (Pan on the Net).

"At the end of the day, Scales is going to be a major play in rewriting the books on steelpan music outside of the box." (When Steel Talks)

Octopus Jones

Octopus Jones has experimented with psych-surf boogie since their
inception. Octopus Jones consists of Danny Martin (vocals, guitar), Tyler Morris (guitar, vocals, synth), Clay Carlisle (bass), and Darrin Cripe (drums). Their first EP 'Treat Yourself' is a good definition of their sound, but since the release of it they have matured and refined their music.

Now hailing from Raleigh NC, Octopus Jones is working on their first full length album with producer Wolfgang Zimmerman. The new album is intertwined with influences of new wave, jazz, and afro-funk music. The songs on the record are diverse with a consistent interest in rhythm and sound texture. They are currently doing a run of shows up the Midwest and back in anticipation of their new album to be released Fall 2013.

$12 online / $15 at the door


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