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Goodbye 2013! You were full of good times and great oldies.

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Check out those dapper gents! We want to say thank you to all who came out, got dressed up and rooted us on for our SOLD OUT New Year’s Eve (Prom themed) show at Slim’s. And a huge thank you to The Sam Chase and Rainbow Girls for being awesome bands and great people. What a great way to end a year and start off a brand new one!

Leaving the Brothers Comatose

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Good and beautiful people!  It is Gio here.  I am sorry to say that Dec. 27, 28 and 31 will be my last shows with The Brothers Comatose.  It has been a glorious and amazing time, and I thank you all for your goodness and generosity and kindness and warm welcomes and delicious food whilst we’ve been out and about these last 5-6 years. 

I posted a big-ol blog post about it, which you can read here.

I’ll still be working towards saving the world through music, but will be trying an approach that will allow me to stay near and dear to my gorgeous family.  If you’d like to keep in touch, please visit my lil’ website every now and then.

I’ll miss you all, and I love you all, and I’ll hope to say some proper good bye’s and give some hugs this last week of 2013.

With Pie For Breakfast,

Gio & Family

On Leaving the Brothers Comatose



Dear folks and friends and family –

You can see on the right – where all the events are posted – that I am playing 3 shows with The Brothers Comatose at the end of this year.  What you may not know is that I will be officially leaving the band as of January 1, 2014.

Jenny and I have been talking and struggling a lot with the decision over the last year, and after this last tour in September, things solidified.  After Emmaline (the new baby) showed up on November 2nd, the decision was clearly affirmed.

I love playing music, you all know that.

I also love being out and about, adventuring, seeing new things, meeting new people and friends and – most of all – eating new foods.  (If it wasn’t for the Brothers Comatose on tour, I never would have had real southern barbeque; South Carolina barbeque sauce; chicken and waffles for breakfast; Chicago deep dish pizza… in Chicago; New York slices… in New York.  This is not to mention the gorgeous home cooking we were fortunate enough to share on more than one delicious occasion.)

But food, adventures, and fun music notwithstanding, being away for so long – so often – has been too hard on me and the family.

After the September tour Stella (the first night I was home after 3 weeks away [after so many weekends and 5-10 day tours all summer long]) asked Jenny if I was going to be staying for dinner.

Ouch.

It took weeks to get her to trust that when I left for work, or for rehearsal, I would be coming home again.  The relationship that we have is so fun – so centered on quality time, games, stories, and things that can’t be duplicated or simulated long-distance – that I was really feeling, for the first time, the effects of the constant touring.  Combine that with Stella’s ability to communicate more precisely and directly exactly how much she missed me, and her fear of my leaving, and it put things into a very clear perspective.

There are so many other factors at play in a decision like this.  Seeing the band that you’re going to be leaving poised for such great things is a difficult thing to walk away from.  Looking at their amazing tour schedule and knowing the good and great things that are still on the horizon for the band can be like a siren song some days.  But even in the few short months since we’ve come to this decision, I can see and feel the warm goodness of our choice.  I’ve gotten to be at every family function and see my parents, my brothers, my nieces and nephews, my friends from childhood and from other musical projects of days gone by.  Jenny and I get to plan things together and spend weekends as a family.

I’ve gotten to really invest in this website and consider the musical and artistic possibilities of the future.  I’ve gotten to look at the community I live in and make my plans for how to bring music and music education to the world around me in a meaningful way.

I’ve gotten to re-energize my beloved job at SV and build up some continuity and energy with my music students for the first time this year.

The mission to save the world has been rekindled, and that – of itself- is inspiring.  Knowing that the first priority is family and not traveling makes the decisions easier and stronger.  Jenny and get to plot ways to make music together – the dreams of the full family band (now that Emmaline is here) are growing and building.  No longer are we just a power trio!  We have entered Quartet land… and it feels very good.

It’s a huge loss to step away from a fun band with good friends, but it is a net gain of infinite proportions to have my kid(s) [Emmaline isn’t so aware of the great and momentous things going on, so much as she is aware of being hungry, and pooping a lot] know that I want to spend time with them first and foremost, and that my family trumps all other priorities.

It feels wonderful here at Team Benedetti headquarters, if a bit bittersweet and nostalgic for the good-ol-touring days at times.  I will miss my family from the road, and I’ll miss the big red van.  But at least I won’t be missing my wife and my daughters.

And that feels very good indeed.

Hark! There’s a String Band on Yonder Mountain!

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Friends, we have some damn exciting news to announce! Next March, we’re headed out on a huge tour with Yonder Mountain String Band!! I remember seeing those guys over 10 years ago at the Mystic Theater in Petaluma and never thought we’d be sharing the stage with ’em. We are honored and completely stoked that we get to go back out and see all of our friends across the country. We’ll be seeing you all in 2014! Check the dates over to the right…—>

Winter in the West 2013 – Just a few shows left!

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Friends, we’ll be wrapping up this amazing year with a handful of shows (mostly) on the West Coast. We’re headed north in just a couple weeks to see our friends in Seattle, Portland & Eugene and then it’s back home to celebrate the end of the year with you all. Check out the dates below and get your tickets early – some of the shows are getting close to selling out! Just click the tour section for ticket links.

We hope to see your purdy faces out there…

We’re going on tour with Devil Makes Three!!

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Every once in a while an opportunity comes along that gives you that “giddy like a schoolgirl” feeling. Well, we just confirmed a whole load of dates opening for one of our band crushes – Devil Makes Three! We’ve been fans of theirs for a long time and have had the great opportunity to open for them on a few occasions. Now we get to go on tour with ’em! We are counting down the days and we hope to see you out there in ID, UT, MT, WA, OR, CA & AZ. There will be a few more added though in the coming weeks. Yeaaawwwwwww!

New Year’s Eve at Slim’s in SF!!

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Friends, we are excited to announce the final lineup for our New Year’s Eve show at Slim’s in San Francisco!

Joining us will be 2 great bands – The Sam Chase and Rainbow Girls. It’s shaping up to be an amazing party and a great way to end a helluva year and ring in a new one. We hope you join us. If you’d like to get advance tickets, click right HERE.

We Love HSB.

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Thanks to all of these people – alllll of them – for giving us the time of our lil’ musical lives on Sunday.  We are going to remember that day and that set forever.  We love y’all, and we’ll see you soon.

The brothers comatose at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2013 Arrow Stage

In other news – I, Gio, the oh-so-irregular website update,r will be taking a break starting…. now.  Benedetti baby number 2 is due just about any day, and I’ll be taking some time to get the family vibe going strong, centered, and focused here at the homestead.  Next update I post should have a snapshot of the newest addition to the family!!  Have a great rest of 2013 everyone!  Love, Gio.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2013

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SF and Bay Area folk – we’ll see you at Hardly Strictly on Sunday Oct. 6!  We play @ 1:25pm on the Arrow Stage – a stage that will be exploding with amazing music all the live long day!  Check out that lineup!!  See you there folks.

The Big Red Van That Could Tour 2013

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We embark! 

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We begin with a Southern California run opening for our good friends Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, and then we head off for the East Coast.  The Big Red Van That Could makes her first coast to coast journey!  See you out there.