Headlining an afterparty for the Thursday night leg of Phish’s annual New Year’s run, the Wurlitzer wonder might be the best cure for your Anastasio hangover. It’s unclear whether Benevento’s Phish cohorts will be making an appearance, but either way, dude has unimpeachable jam band bona fides, having shred alongside Phish bassist Mike Gordon, Charlie Hunter, and Furthur drummer Joe Russo. A genre-bending denizen of the experimental jazz scene, Benevento leapfrogs between Hammond, synthesizer din, and the rarefied art of circuit bending, which sometimes calls for a Nintendo DS. If anyone deserves to be called a sonic mad scientist, it’s him.
Fri., Dec. 30, midnight, 2011