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At the Turf Club: Miles Benjamin and Mark Mallman

posted Dec 7, 2009, 1:12 PM by Vu Nguyen

[2008] Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

[2009] Summer Of Fear
Below are late entries from The Turf Club! The first entry is written and from Brody (original entry here). Miles sounds like such a friendly guy, he even dropped over Brody's house to play something (see video).

Miles Benjamin Turf Club, St Paul (11/13/09)
photo by Brody
Miles Benjamin at the Turf Club, St Paul (11/13/09)

Mr. Miles does it all. Even in the worst situation when his van breaks down and the rest of his band heads back to Brooklyn with all the gear, Miles manages to continue the tour. Performing solo for the last two weeks on his tour, he is impressing a lot of fans playing by himself.

He even came over to our house to celebrate with me and some other die hard fans.

Chatting with him after with threw his gear in my trunk, he talked about playing guitar since he was about 13. Now 27, Miles born in Pasadena spent a lot of time in L.A. early on his life. I didn't ask him about any of his past experiences or musical changes. From what I've read he had some early drug addictions and some friends from TV on the Radio picked him up and got him back on his feet.

Lately MBAR has been on a tear with his sophomore release "Summer of Fear". He's played plenty of shows with TV on the Radio and Grizzly Bear, but now he's doing it on his own. Daytrotter sessions, a full headlining national tour, and even an mini solo leg.

The folk scene is growing and the competition is extremely tough, but Miles may be the new Bob Dylan. I certainly found out he's a huge Dylan fan. After his show we jammed the night away to Dylan, Tom Petty, Bob Seger, and plenty more. Unfortunately he broke a string when he was starting to play some of his newer tracks.

In his actually set he played an Otis Redding cover. Keep and eye on this extremely talented artist. The sky is the limit for Miles.

 12/06/2009 17:11:16  brody

Mark Mallman at Turf Club, St Paul (11/7/09)
As you can see, a special guest star showed up at the end of the set to end it on a bang. Since I didn't attend the event, I can tell you that it looked like a lot of wild energy and fun... I've seen the dude before, he's wonderfully mesmerizing to watch. If I had half his energy, I would explode.

Opening up Mallman were The Magic Castles (myspace) and The Alpha Centauri (official/myspace).

All photos below are from Erik Hess.

Magic Castles performing at the Turf Club in Midway, St. Paul Turf Club, St Paul (11/7/09)
photo by Erik Hess
The Alpha Centauri performing at the Turf Club in Midway, St. Paul Turf Club, St Paul (11/7/09)
photo by Erik Hess
Mark Mallman and Har Mar Superstar covering 2Pac and Dr. Dre's "California Love" for Mallman's final encore Turf Club, St Paul (11/7/09)
photo by Erik Hess

 12/06/2009 17:11:16  vu ()