Marco Benevento ‘s Trio dropped by Philadelphia’s up and coming Blockley on Friday evening for a rousing two and a half hour set of music. It would seem that Mr. Benevento has finally found a venue suitable for his spirited work on piano and effects. The set was stacked with highlights including an early “Atari” done with a dainty touch on the keys and then beefed up at the end with by Benevento adding plenty of pepper and kung-fu hand action. Dave Dreiwitz held down a pumping low-end pocket with a smile and bounce adding in a chugging rumble when cued by Benevento. Back on the kit sat drummer Andrew Borger who was no stranger to the jazzy flow erupting from
Benevento’s musical whims. He connected beautifully with both Marco and Dreiwitz throughout the long and winding set with some exceptional standout snare work on “Greenpoint,” the first track off Marco’s new album Between the Needles & Nightfall. Borger, who was comfortable with the jazzier numbers, lacked some of Andrew Barr’s punch on “Heartbeats” leaving room for Dreiwitz to bounce in the open holes. Benevento turned up the juice towards the end of the set as he dropped a cheery and upbeat booty shaking version of “Fearless” on us that carried directly into Elton John’s “Benny and the Jets.” Benevento
had been probing all evening for singers to step up from the crowd. Since no one had obliged his earlier requests, he turned the rocketman’s tune into a sing-along. With the crowd all properly loosened up on sauce, plenty of shenanigans ensued as Benevento got his wish with a majority of the “spirited” crowd singing the highs on the repeating lyric “Bene! Bene! Bene!” By two am with several versions of the “Real Morning Party” under our belts the show concluded. Learn more about Marco Benevento here and Peep the Benevento Trio in action in the video below.