Marco Benevento has shared pro-shot footage of the concert that would eventually become his Woodstock Sessions live album. The show took place at the Applehead Recording studio in Woodstock, NY on September 3rd, 2016.
The 2017 live album would mark Benevento’s seventh solo release, and has since been followed by the 2019 studio album, Let It Slide. The concert finds Benevento alongside drummer Andy Borger and bassist Karina Rykman, who had recently replaced Dave Dreiwitz when Ween reunited the year prior.
The concert, and subsequent Woodstock Sessions, feature Benevento and company performing an array of selections from throughout his solo career. Kicking off with the poppy, feel-good anthem “Dropkick”, the show borrows from Marco’s 2016 release, The Story of Fred Short. Next comes “Heavy Metal Floating Upstream” where the group eases the seat back and explores a little instrumental improvisation. While Benevento’s solo work tends to be a bit more on the poppy side than the output fans have seen from the Benevento/Russo Duo or Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, he still finds a way to let his expert instrumentation shine through. After that comes the full “Story of Fred Short” movement which stretches past the 20-minute mark. The eponymous movement from the 2016 album was originally broken up into seven parts on the studio release.
Benevento then throws things back a bit with “Bus Ride” from his 2008 debut solo record, Invisible Boy. The industrial opening loop of the song, when compared with the former Fred Short tracks that preceded it, shows the evolution that Marco’s songwriting has undergone over the past decade. After two selections from 2014’s Swift, “Coyote Hearing” and “At the Show”, Benevento closes out the concert with the instrumental earworm “Greenpoint”.
Watch Marco Benevento’s full concert from Applehead Recording in Woodstock, NY on September 3rd, 2016.
Marco Benevento — Applehead Recording — Woodstock, NY — 9/3/2016
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Setlist: Marco Benevento | Applehead Recording | Woodstock, NY | 9/3/2016
Set: Dropkick, Heavy Metal Floating Upstream, The Story of Fred Short, Bus Ride, Coyote Hearing, At the Show, Greenpoint