Benevento/Russo Duo Tickets
Benevento/Russo Duo (or "the Duo" for short) is an alternative jazz outfit hailing from
New York. The band consists of Marco Benevento on organ and keyboards and Joe Russo on
The Benevento/Russo Duo's electric jam style forges elements of rock, punk, acid-jazz, and fusion. Their music is often powerful and unyeilding but somewhat danceable. They have been a staple in the jam band scene since 2003 and have appeared multiple times at popular music festivals such as Bonnaroo and Wakarusa. In 2005, the Benevento/Russo Duo won the New Groove of the Year award at the 5th Annual Jammys.
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Benevento/Russo Duo began in 2001 when Russo secured a weekly gig at New York's Knitting Factory jazz club and asked Benevento to join him on the Hammond B3 organ. By 2003 the band had self-released two albums, Debut Album (sometimes referred to as Benevento/Russo Duo) and Darts [Live]. In 2004, their album Best Reason to Buy the Sun was released on Ropeadope Records to critical acclaim. Benevento/Russo Duo's latest album, Play Pause Stop, was released in July 2006. Like many popular neo jambands, the group has a small but dedicated fan base and tours constantly, placing importance on live performance over studio work. Their association with Mike Gordon, who has become something of an unofficial third member of the group, has raised the Benevento/Russo Duo's visibilty in the jamband scene considerably. In 2006, the group toured with Gordon and his former Phish bandmate, Trey Anastasio, as well as playing at the 2006 Lollapalooza festival in Chicago.
Benevento is best known for his stylistic playing and heavy use of effects. A fan of circuit bending, he uses a pile of circuit bent toys. In the spring of 2006 he added a circuit bent television that displays sound waves on the vertical line. When not playing music Marco enjoys making T-Shirts which he has been doing for many years.
Russo's drumming is fierce and complex, even by the highest standards. His Roland SPD-S sampler plays an important role in many of the Benevento/Russo Duo's compositions, such as "Welcome Red", "Becky" and "My Pet Goat".