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A very drunken Duo and Grace Potter

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Posted by admin On March - 16 - 2008

Zack and I missed our opportunity to see the Benevento Russo Duo last weekend at Langerado, so I was excited to see that they were playing in Chicago last night. Especially since they are still on tour with Grace Potter & the Nocturnals.

We got there just as the Duo were starting. The Logan Square Auditorium is a weird place to see music, and the fact that it wasn’t that crowded didn’t help the ambiance. The Duo rocked though. It is amazing that so much sound comes only from two people. Marco Benevento, or Fuzzy Ravioli as he introduced himself last night, has an assortment of circuit bending toys and all sorts of other gadgets and gizmos as part of his rig. Joe Russo is an incredible drummer. So much so that later in the night when the entirety of the Nocturnals were doing a drum jam, I joked with my friend Jared that Russo had done just as much by himself. His resonse: “If not more.”

Their merch girl told me that the two of them were pretty plastered, and at times it showed. Benevento’s mic banter was comical, but sometimes nonsensical. He blabbed about not being a puppet, and told an audience member “not to what him, I will what you.” He also rambled about tuna sandwiches and hoagies, and said that they encouraged their fans to eat them in the front row before introducing a song as “Tuna Salad.”

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals rocked about as much as they did at Langerado, despite the fact that they Logan Square Auditorium has horrible sound. The room just is not a great place to see live music. The set opened with “Sweet Hands” and grace rocking her B3 organ. One highlight of the show was when the Duo joined GPN onstage for a song. Or at least Marco made it up there somewhere in the middle of it. It was really nice to hear him play straight up keys for a whole song though, without reverting to noise. Another highlight was the set closing cover of Neil Young’s “Down by the River,” which Grace owned.

All in all a great night of music, despite the not so great venue. It was just what Zack and I needed to help curb the live music withdrawal. -AS Photos of Grace Potter by Eric Weiler. Photo of Benevento Russo Duo courtesy of Madison House Publicity

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