My favorite performance at Jam Cruise: Garage-A-Trois
MEET THE BAND
Garage A Trois first formed in 1999, right after Mardi Gras, as a trio featuring Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore and Skerik. They then added Mike Dillon in 2002. In 2007 Charlie Hunter left the band and Marco Benevento joined. This union of musical forces has only increased the creative output of these musicians-and apparently really helped their grundle.
Skerik - Saxophonist: Also a founding member of Critters Buggin', Skerik has been known to fraternize with the Black Flames, SadHappy, Tuatara (with Peter Buck of R.E.M.), Ponga, Mike Clark's Prescription Renewal (with original Headhunters drummer Mike Clark, Charlie Hunter, Robert Walter, and DJ Logic), Crack Sabbath, Blotallica, and Elemental. Skerik has jammed with soul legend Fred Wesley, Pink Floyd mastermind Roger Waters, and Les Claypool's Frog Brigade. Jambase theorized that 'the rotation of our planet is somehow connected with this outer space super hero.'
Stanton Moore - Drums and Polyrhythms: A founding member of the New Orleans funk-groove unit Galactic, Stanton is also in the New Orleans Klezmer All Stars, organ quartet Moore & More, and MVVP with Johnny Vidacovich, Rich Vogel, and George Porter Jr. Stanton has also released two solo joints, and has worked with Chris Wood (of Medeski Martin & Wood), Karl Denson, and guitarist Brian Seeger. Downbeat magazine has extolled Stanton's 'affinity for raw rhythm and funky drum gymnastics.'
Marco Benevento - Keys and Organ: Marco Benevento is best known as one half of the Benevento/Russo Duo along with Joe Russo. Previously, he was a member of The Jazz Farmers, and has been a regular on the New York City contemporary, experimental jazz scene for years. He has performed with countless musicians which include, Matt Chamberlain, Charlie Hunter, John Medeski, Mike Gordon, Trey Anasatio, Eric Krasno, Wayne Krantz, John Ellis, Dave Dreiwitz, Mark Friedman, Reed Mathis, Bobby Previte, Ari Hoening, Terreon Gully, Brian Haas, DJ Olive, DJ Logic, Steven Bernsetin, Briggin Kraus, Lyrics Born, Mike Dillon, Les Claypool, Phil Lesh, Skerik, Johnny Vidacovich, Stanton Moore and others
Mike Dillon - Percussion and Vibraphone: An original member of the eclectic Critters Buggin', Mike's current projects include the Malachy Papers, Brave Combo, Hairy Apes B.M.X., and the Black Frames. Mike has toured with Les Claypool's Frog Brigade and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and was described by Jambase as 'possessed with a desire to always find something new, something deliciously rhythmic in any piece.'