New Album Available Now!

In an age when “tracks” have overtaken the art of the album, Garrin Benfield announces the release of “The Wave Organ Song”, a hauntingly honest song cycle that captures an artist who has tapped into a wellspring of inspiration. “The Wave Organ Song” is a perfectly paced musical journey that might best be accompanied by candlelight and a bottle of Pinot Noir. Lovingly recorded to capture every breathy nuance, this collection of in-studio solo performances is an unadorned and chillingly intimate emotional travelogue.  more...

Shows

  • Jun 28
    Fabbrica,  Brooklyn NY
     
  • Jul 5
    Fabbrica,  Brooklyn NY
     
  • Jul 13
    Southern Vermont Dance Festival,  Brattleboro VT
     
  • Jul 14
    Southern Vermont Dance Festival,  Brattleboro VT
     
  • Jul 15
    Southern Vermont Dance Festival,  Brattleboro VT
     

The List

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2012 Rundown!

2012 Rundown!

 

I wanted to give you a little rundown on what I've been up to this year, along with a bunch of links (lots of 'em!) to various bands, projects and organizations I've been working with. Please check out these links, as most of these artists, venues, festivals and magazines could use your support!

 

Gigs...

 

In 2012, I played 120 gigs! Highlights of my own shows included a co-headlining show with David Gans at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, three gigs at the brand spanking new Sweetwater Music Hallin Mill Valley, several showcases at SxSW in Austin, and a Fall East Coast tour of Vermont, Upstate New York, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.

 

Gigs at the bucolic American River Festival, the funky Fairfax Festival, homegrown West Fest and labor of love SF Free Folk Fest stand out, as does playing "Very Jerry II" with an all star band at Ashkenaz!

 

This past year I also continued working with several other musical projects, including Bill Cutler,  Heather CombsTerese TaylorChris Zanardi's High Beamz, and the Friends of the Devil. With these bands, I played some very memorable gigs, including the once in a lifetime Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary concert, the quintessential Haight Street Fair, and storied SF venue The Bottom of the Hill.

 

Film and Video...

 

in 2012, my video of the Garcia/Hunter song "Standing on the Moon"made it into the top ten in the Grateful Dead's "Cover Project".
The video was featured on the Dead's homepage and has garnered almost 9,000 views so far. Thank you Joshua Smith and Daniel Ford for videography.

 

in 2012, I composed music for two films, the hilarious match.bom, directed by Michelle Hirsch, and The Gift of Compassion , a film about the Maitri Hospice in San Francisco by Bill Weber.

 

Travel...

 

This past year I also traveled to Jamaica and Haiti with a group of mostly Bay Area-based musicians to record music with singers, songwriters and instrumentalists from both countries. The resulting full length recording and a documentary on the trip will be available soon. To Learn more about JHAM (Jamaican Haitian American Musicians), check out the facebook page or website.

 

Press...

 

Acoustic Guitar Magazine included me in a feature story on "Real World Rigs" of performing guiatrists. Also included in the article were friends Mokai, James Nash, Nina Gerber and Jackie Greene. To accompany the article, we also recorded a video of me explaining my pedal board and looping technique.

 

Electronic Musician Magazine used photos of me playing a house concert in Berkeley, CA in an article about house concerts!
Photos by Dave Vann.

 

Also this year, I had two pieces of writing published, a review onjambase of Furthur at the Bill Graham Civic in San Francisco, and an article in Surrender to the Flow about brianrobert, the social networking group of LGBTQ Phish Phans.

 

Etc...

 

A live version of "Colors in You" was included on "Live from Berkeley Volume 2", a collection of recordings from KPFA studios in Berkeley. The proceeds from this CD will benefit KPFA.

 

My latest full length CD, "The Wave Organ Song", continued to receive positive reviews.

 

and Lastly...

 

Thank you so much for your support of independent music. The most important thing you can do for someone like me and my indie friends is spread the word to your friends and family about what we do. Like ourfacebook page, buy our CDs, tell people to check us out on spotify, and come to our shows!

kfog "local scene 8" cd

Good News! My song "Walkin' Time Blues" is on the KFOG Local Scene 8 CD! The disc will be available August 1, with all proceeds going to charity. KFOG has also played the song on "Acoustic Sunrise". To buy the CD, and request my music on KFOG, please visit http://www.kfog.com

summer shows!

after a 22 show spring tour, i am laying a bit lower, but still have a few cool shows coming up this summer:

7.9 rockwood music hall, nyc 6pm

7.24 skene memorial library, fleischmann's NY, 2pm

8.6 le petit versailles, NYC, time TBA (outdoor show!)

CD release shows in SF and NYC

CD RELEASE SHOWS for 'THE WAVE ORGAN SONG'

LAST MINUTE NYC SHOW MON Jan 3!

 

I just agreed to fill in for someone at Banjo Jim's in NYC
on MONDAY JAN 3 from 9-10 PM

I had a great time at Banjo Jim's a few weeks ago
and look forward to playing this funky room one more time!


BANJO JIM'S
700 EAST 9th Street
at Avenue C
NYC, NY
FREE!

WINTER 2010

GARRIN'S WINTER 2010 SHOWS!

GARRIN CAPS OFF A GREAT YEAR WITH SHOWS ON BOTH COASTS:

 

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12.3.10 DOLORES PARK CAFE SAN FRANCISCO CA

12.4.10 AROMA ROASTERS SANTA ROSA CA

12.15.10 THE GRAPE ROOM PHILADELPHIA PA

12.16.10 FRITZ KEENE NH

12.17.10 ON THE RISE RICHMOND VT

12.18.10 HOUSE CONCERT BRATTLEBORO VT

12.19.10 BANJO JIMS NEW YORK CITY NY

 

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THAT MAKES 72 SHOWS IN 2010...SO FAR...


FALL TOUR 2010!

I'M PSYCHED TO ONCE AGAIN GET OUT THERE AND JAM FOR YOU! I'LL BE PLAYING ALOT OF NEW MATERIAL SLATED FOR THE NEXT RECORD. BRING A FRIEND OUT TO A SHOW!

HERE ARE THE DATES AND VENUES. FOR COMPLETE DETAILS, SEE THE "CALENDAR" PAGE

FRI SEPT. 3 CYBER CAFE WEST BINGHAMTON NY 9 PM

SAT SEPT. 4 KEENE MUSIC FESTIVAL KEENE NH 1 PM

SAT SEPT. 4 FRITZ KEENE NH 7 PM

SUN SEPT. 12 TOWNE CRIER PAWLING NY 7 PM

FRI SEPT. 17 AMERICAN RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL LOTUS CA 5 PM

TUES SEPT. 21 MOJITO SAN FRANCISCO CA 9 PM

SUN SEPT. 26 FREIGHT AND SALVAGE BERKELEY CA 8 PM

THURS OCT. 7 STOMP DANVILLE CA

SAT OCT. 16 ROCKY TOP TAVERN BRATTLEBORO VT

SUN OCT. 17 NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLHOUSE BRATTLEBORO VT

FRI OCT. 22 ON THE RISE RICHMOND VT

SUMMER 2010

SUMMER'S HERE AND THE TIME IS RIGHT!

GARRIN RETURNS TO KEENE, NH FOR TWO SHOWS THIS WEEK (JULY 15, 16).

THE FIRST IS AT THE COMFORTABLE FRITZ RESTAURANT ON MAIN STREET FROM 7-9 PM.

THE NEXT NIGHT, FIND GARRIN PLAYING OUTDOORS IN RAILROAD SQUARE, IN FRONT OF ARMADILLO'S FROM 5:30 - 7 PM. BOTH SHOWS ARE FREE!

THIS IS GARRIN'S FOURTH VIST TO KEENE IN THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF. THANKS NH FOLKS!

CHECK THE CALENDAR PAGE FOR DETAILS ON THESE OTHER SUMMER SHOWS:

8.6.10 RICHMOND, VT

8.7.10 HUNTINGTON, VT

8.9.10 WILLITS, CA (ACOUSTIC DEAD)

8.13.10 SACRAMENTO, CA (JERRY GARCIA TRIBUTE)

8.14.10 CHICO, CA (JERRY GARCIA TRIBUTE)

SEE YOU OUT THERE!

15 Date East Coast Tour Begins April 1, 2010!

Garrin is returning to the East Coast for a 15-date tour that brings him back to some familiar towns but also ventures into new markets. 

Garrin is armed with 12 new songs and a willingness to jump into the unknown with hard hitting improvisations!

The first leg of the tour (Asheville through Nashville) will also feature the harmony vocals of long-time collaborator Adrienne Geren.

PLEASE look over the list of dates (with further details on the SHOWS page) and come out OR tell your friends!

SPRING EAST COAST TOUR 2010

4.01.10 Bobo Gallery Asheville NC
4.02.10 The Evening Muse Charlotte NC
4.03.10 Mia's Lexington KY
4.04.10 The Shrunken Head Columbus OH
4.05.10 Preservation Pub Knoxville TN
4.06.10 12th and Porter Nashville TN
4.09.10 Fritz Keene NH
4.10.10 TBA Portsmouth NH
4.11.10 The Living Room NYC NY
4.13.10 House Concert Brooklyn NY
4.14.10 The Shop Ithaca NY
4.15.10 One Half Lounge Burlington VT
4.16.10 On The...

GARRIN TO PLAY YOSHI'S MAIN STAGE ON MARCH 8 2010!

"Songwriters Unplugged Showcase"
Live @ Yoshi's San Francisco - Main Stage
Monday, March 8th, 7-9 pm
Tickets $9 in advance, $13 at the door

FEATURING:
-Garrin Benfield
-Chi McClean
-Matt Lucas
-Megan Slankard & Jeff Campbell
-Francesca Lee

BUY TICKETS & HEAR THE MUSIC:
http://songwritersunplugged.com

Presented by:
http://bayvibessf.com
http://soniczenrecords.com

Archived News 2000

 

Spring 2006: Welcome to the new year! Garrin played a select few GREAT, high energy, community-driven shows this Winter. The first at a beautiful home in the Berkeley hills, and the second at the always raucous Cafe DuNord. Thanks for filling both rooms! Look for Garrin in and around San Francisco in April, May and June. Garrin makes his debut at the Bobolink Music Festival in May, alongside Zilla, Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, Home at Last, and Blue Turtle Seduction. Garrin has been joining Jordan Feinstein's group the Ritual as of late, and will appear with them at Bobolink as well! Also look for Garrin at bi-weekly gigs at the Connecticut Yankee in San Francisco this Spring, playing electric and acoustic guitar and singing classic Dylan, Dead, Neil, the Band along with members of Home at...

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