Saturday night, February 1st, in Delaware was truly a magical night. Mind you, I’ve never written that sentence before, but I would not steer you wrong, especially when it comes to quality live music. I was a bit nervous as I ventured into territory unknown. I’d never been to the Arden Gild Hall. I didn’t even know where it was. I didn’t even know what an Arden Gild was. Actually, come to think of it, I still don’t. But it doesn’t matter. The all-volunteer run music venue reminded me of an old dance hall where I imagine couples went to Waltz in the early 1900s. That happened, right? Rumor has it the place was haunted. The only thing frightening on Saturday night though was how freakishly good the music was.
Mad-Sweet Pangs lead off the evening with some high quality grooving, brought to you in the form of some funky rock jams. If you haven’t heard them before, I highly recommend the Delaware foursome. I’ll admit, it was my first seeing MSP, but I can see why they arrive with a solid following.
Having put on their dance pants, the crowd of several hundred eagerly awaited Mr. Benevento. Though a very similar set as when I previously saw him at the Blockley (RIP), he was nothing short of spectacular. I’ve yet to see anyone tickle the ivories (Do people still say that?) with quite the enthusiasm or creative passion as Marco Benevento. And why shouldn’t he be enthusiastic? Have you seen the Toyota commercial with The Muppets and Terry Crews where they sing in the suv? Yep, Marco Benevento wrote that. I’d be pretty excited if my song played during the Super Bowl too.
Marco Benevento continues to thrill year in and year out and can bring even the coldest, snowiest of winter evenings to a heated dance fest. Speaking of fests – Benevento will be playing Aura Music festival over Valentine’s Day weekened, so if you’re not sticking around for G. Love or Bob Weird that weekend, doesn’t a trip to Florida for some good tunes sound fantastic? Yeah… I thought so.