Marco Benevento & Moon Hooch | Announce October Co-Headline Tour

Moon Hooch and Marco Benevento have announced a co-headline tour this October. Both artists are celebrated for performances that result in ecstatic dance parties as they simultaneously deliver electrifying musicianship. Creating dance rock that's at once visceral and cerebral by embracing songwriting and improvisation, Benevento and Moon Hooch offer two distinct visions for the future of "getting the party started." The six date tour kicks off on October 20 at Underground Arts in Philadelphia. The run then heads south, including stops at 9:30 Club in Washington, DC on October 21 and The Pour House in Charleston, SC on October 28. Tickets go on-sale Friday, July 14 at 10am ET.

"Moon Hooch are incredible live! They'll have the floor bouncin'," says Benevento. "We toured with them in the UK last year and always hoped we could do it again and finally here we are hitting the East Coast. I'm beyond excited to tour with these freaks!"

"Marco's gonna make you happy. Don't even bother trying not to be happy at his show because you'll fail," adds Moon Hooch's Mike Wilbur. "We can't wait to share the stage with him again!"

Tour Dates
October 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
October 21 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
October 22 - Richmond, VA - The Broadberry
October 24 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theatre
October 25 - Asheville, NC - Asheville Music Hall
October 28 - Charleston, SC - The Pour House


In just a few short years, the explosive horn-and-percussion trio Moon Hooch—Mike Wilbur (horns), Wenzl McGowen (horns), and James Muschler (drums)—have taken their exhilarating blend of virtuosic jazz, experimental funk, and pulse-pounding electronic dance music from the New York City subway system to stages around the world, touring with the likes of Beats Antique, Lotus and Galacticamong others, as well as earning status as festival favorites and selling out headline shows in major venues. The trio initially turned heads in the music industry with their self-titled 2013 debut, which introduced their charismatic, unconventional sound to the world, but by then they were already well-known to straphangers in New York, who would react with such joy and fervor to their impromptu subway platform sets that the NYPD had to ban them from locations that couldn't handle the crowds.

Onstage, the band now plays through a "Reverse DJ" setup, in which the live sound from  their  horns  runs through laptops to process recorded effects. In addition, they utilize Moog synthesizers, as well as an EWI (an electronic wind instrument that responds to breath in  addition to touch) and other more traditional instruments like clarinets. Wilbur added vocals  to his repertoire, and Muschler, meanwhile, immersed himself in tabla studies in India in order to expand his percussion skills. Tahoe Onstage boasts, "Moon Hooch uniquely delivers a creative, energetic, and unyielding assault on your auditory senses."

The band members all speak reverently of meditation and consciousness and the role it plays in their music, but equally close to their hearts are the environmental causes they  champion.  Moon  Hooch  tries to  live up to  their  green  ideals  while  traveling as much as  possible,  playing  benefit  shows,  supporting  local  farmers andco-ops, participating in  river  cleanups,  filming  informative  videos  for  their  fans, and  more. The  band  even  runs a food  blog, Cooking In The  Cave, in which they highlight the healthy, sustainable, organic recipes they  utilize with their mobile kitchen setup on tour.   For the members of Moon Hooch, commitments to consciousness and environmentalism and veganism and  philosophy and peace aren't separate from their commitment to music, but actually integral parts of it. It's all tied into that same core approach that led to their discovery on the  subway platform: try, even if it's just a little bit every day, to make the  world less like it is and more like you wish it could be.


For more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive body of work. His studio albums and live performances set forth a vision that connects the dots in the vast space between LCD Soundsystem and Leon Russell, pulsating with dance rock energy, but with smart, earthy songwriting to  match. It has led to  numerous high profile  appearances, ranging from Carnegie Hall to Pickathon, Mountain Jam to Treefort  Festival, while headlining shows coast to coast.

Marco Benevento's latest studio LP, The Story of Fred Short, and its companion live release, The Woodstock Sessions, is some of his finest and most adventurous work to date—a maestro making "bold indie rock" says Brooklyn Vegan, while the LA Times raves, "Benevento continues to straighten his twisted sound into the guise of an indie-rock singer-songwriter, harnessing his  inventive sonic palette into rewardingly bite-size pop songs  that  touch on disco and soul." Honing his psych rock and late night dance party sensibilities, the recordings find the pianist citing everything from Harry Nilsson, Manu Chau and Gorillaz as inspiration.

As anybody who's seen Marco Benevento perform can attest, with eyes closed, smile wide across his face and fingers free-flowing across the keys, he's a satellite to the muse. With a devout and growing fan-base, Benevento is an artist whose story is only beginning to unfold.

Watch/Share Marco Benevento "Dropkick"

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Watch/Share Marco Benevento "Heavy Metal Floating Upstream"

Watch/Share Moon Hooch "Why Not"

Tour Dates

July 13 - Greenfield, MA - The Arts Block Ballroom
July 14 - Saranac Lake, NY - Waterhole Upstairs Music Lounge
July 15 - Buffalo, NY - Cobblestone Live! Festival
July 21 - Eidsburgarden, NO - Vinje Rock Festival
July 22 - Molde, NO - Molde Jazz Festival
July 25 - Amsterdam, NL - Over Paradiso
July 27 - Chamonix, FR - CosmoJazz Festival
July 29 - Mattinata, IT - Mattinata Festival
July 30 - Salerno, IT - Salerno Summer Festival
July 31 - Locorotondo, IT - Locus Festival
August 2 - Maubec, FR - Maubec Festival
August 4 - Annemasse, FR - Frictions Festival
August 5 - Hamburg, DE - Skandaloes Festival
August 9 - Vadso, NO - Varanger Festival
August 11 - Haugesund, NO - SildaJazz Festival
August 12 - Oslo, NO - Oya Festival
August 14 - Luxey, FR - Festival Musicalarue
August 18 - Ottery St. Mary, UK - Beautiful Days Festival
August 20 - San Francisco, CA - Stern Grove Festival
August 17-23 - Crook County, OR - Oregon Eclipse Festival
September 22 - Thornville, OH - Resonance Music & Arts Festival
September 26 - Detroit, MI - Parliament Room @ Otus Supply
September 27 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Stache
September 28 - Milwaukee, WI - Miramar Theatre
September 29 - Chicago, IL - Chop Shop
September 30 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
October 1 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
October 3 - Iowa City, IA - Blue Moose Tap House
October 4 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
October 5 - Fort Collins, CO - Hodi's Half Note
October 6 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
October 7 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
October 10 - Lawrence, KS - The Granada
October 11 - Springfield, MO - Outland Ballroom
October 12 - Columbia, MO - Rose Music Hall
October 13 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
October 14 - Nashville, TN - High Watt
October 18 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
October 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts *
October 21 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
October 22 - Richmond, VA - The Broadberry *
October 24 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theatre *
October 25 - Asheville, NC - Asheville Music Hall *
October 26 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
October 27 - Jacksonville, FL - 1904 Music Hall
October 28 - Charleston, SC - The Pour House *

* w/ Marco Benevento

Tour Dates

August 3 - Coney Island, NY - Coney Island Amphitheater *
August 13 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands
September 14 - Portland, ME - One Longfellow Square
September 15 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
October 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts **
October 21 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club **
October 22 - Richmond, VA - The Broadberry **
October 23 - Roanoke, VA - 5 Points Music Sanctuary
October 24 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theatre **
October 25 - Asheville, NC - Asheville Music Hall **
October 27 - Live Oak, FL - Hulaween
October 28 - Charleston, SC - The Pour House **

* w/ Greensky Bluegrass
** w/ Moon Hooch

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