Full Set Video: The Benevento-Russo Duo Plays Suwannee Hulaween 2017


As reported, The Benevento/Russo Duo played a rare gig late last month as part of this year’s Suwannee Hulaween festival in Live Oak, Florida. The set ended with the band welcoming Phish bassist Mike Gordon after seven songs of pure Joe Russo and Marco Benevento. High-quality video of the entire set with the exception of one tune has surfaced.

Joey and Marco began the performance on Friday, October 27 with the title track from 2005’s Best Reason To Buy The Sun. The Duo continued on with impressive versions of “Soba,” “Sunny’s Song” and “My Pet Goat.” From there, the set progressed with a stellar rendition of a favorite from 2006’s GRAB tour with Gordon and Trey Anastasio – “Something For Rockets.”

Up next was the beloved “Becky,” a staple of The Benevento/Russo Duo live shows. Then, Marco and Joe treated festivalgoers to the title track of 2006’s Play Pause Stop. Benevento and Russo ended just their fourth set since 2010 by inviting up Mike Gordon.

Here’s what we wrote about the Mike/Duo collaboration:

Friday’s set at Hulaween was The Duo’s first since the Brooklyn Bowl concert. Benevento and Russo brought up Mike Gordon to close out the set with “Scratchitti.” The song was a fitting choice as it was the initial composed tune the trio played at their first official gig way back on June 7, 2004 at B.B. King’s in New York City.

“Scratchitti” was performed at all five The Benevento Russo Duo Featuring Mike Gordon shows that followed their B.B. King’s debut in 2004 as well as at most of the handful of gigs the trio played in 2005. Mike, Joe and Marco last shared the stage on September 8, 2009 at Gordon’s gig in Brooklyn. The previous time the threesome performed together as a trio was for The Benevento Russo Duo’s encore at Higher Ground in Burlington on October 16, 2008.

Watch a seven-song playlist (use the buttons next to the play button to toggle between videos) shot and shared by Live For Live Music featuring everything but “Best Reason To Buy The Sun”:


Set: Best Reason To Buy The Sun, Soba, Sunny’s Song, My Pet Goat, Something For Rockets, Becky, Play Pause Stop, Scratchitti (w/ Mike Gordon)