Phish bassist Mike Gordon has been making the most of his time off from touring by sitting in with jam stalwarts the Spin Doctors, Jackie Greene and now old pal Marco Benevento within the past few weeks in his hometown of Burlington. Marco, along with bassist Dave Dreiwitz and drummer Andy Borger, is smack dab in the middle of a four-week residency at Burlington’s Radio Bean coffeehouse and invited Cactus out for the start of the second set. Gordon replaced Dreiwitz for a jazzy version of Green Onions (Booker T. and the MGs) and Benevento’s intense cover of Deerhoof’s Twin Killers that included teases of Rhapsody In Blue and Bathtub Gin.
Thankfully, the folks behind the VTLiveMusic UStream channel captured the whole show and after giving it a play this afternoon, we can’t suggest watching both sets highly enough. Dreiwitz and Borger are both incredibly talented, but let Marco lead the way and follow his many whims with a quickness. There’s two more gigs left on Marco’s Radio Bean residency – Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, while the keyboardist performs his score for The House of Usher on October 29 at Flynn Space.