officially kicks off the first leg of his Fall Tour in Rochester, NY tonight. Marco just played ’s intimate club, in San Rafeal, CA this past Friday the 14th to a sold out crowd, lending itself to more of a party than a full blown show. The evening was a part of my thirtieth birthday celebration and our crew raged it proper after a delicious dinner inside the Restaurant (Hat Tip: Order the Fried Squash Blossoms w/ ricotta herb stuffing and tomato jam.) Check out the 9/14 recap + upcoming tour dates and a special giveaway after the jump.

sits in with Marco, 9/14/12

To the delight of many, Phil Lesh sat in with the Marco Benvento Trio ( on Bass, Andy Borger on drums) for the second song of the evening. A cover of ’s “Twin Killers.” The smile that came from Phil Lesh after the “jam” and subsequent hug to and Marco was worth the price of admission.

Although a shorter show than usual, Marco will certainly let it all hang out on the east coast beginning in Rochester. LMB , , open the first two weeks with , Woodsman and getting opening slots towards the end of the tour. We’ve got it on good authority that Marco will be making his way to the West Coast in Early 2013 so be on the lookout.

TIGERFACE GIVEAWAY – FREE SWAG!

@LiveMusicBlog is also offering a copy of the new album, on Vinyl! Just add a comment below with your favorite Marco tune and you’ll automatically be entered to win. We’ll pick the winner at random in a few weeks!

First Leg :

September 19 | Water Street Music Hall | Rochester, NY ^
September 20 | Nietzsche’s | Buffalo, NY ^
September 21 | Beachland Ballroom | Cleveland, OH
September 23 | Cafe Paradiso | Fairfield, IA ^
September 24 | Vaudeville Mews | Des Moines, IA ^
September 25 | Record Bar | Kansas City, MO ^
September 26 | Old Rock House | St. Louis, MO ^
September 27 | Headliner’s Music Hall | Louisville, KY ^
September 28 | Woodland’s Tavern | Columbus, OH ^
September 29 | Rex Theatre | , PA ^
October 11 | TT & The Bears | Boston, MA *
October 12 | | New York, NY **
October 13 | The Blockley | Philadelphia, PA ^^
October 14 | Bridge Street Live | Collinsville, CT
October 17 | The Press Room | Portsmouth, NH
October 18 | The Press Room | Portsmouth, NH
October 19 | Higher Ground | , VT #
October 20 | The Iron Horse | Northampton, MA #
November 07 | The Southern | Charlottesville, VA
November 08 | Pisgah Brewery | , NC
November 09 | Ciderhouse | Knoxville, TN
November 10 | New Music Hall | Athens, GA
November 11 | The Pour House Music Hall | Raleigh, NC
November 12 | Tremont Music Hall | Charlotte, NC
November 13 | The Soapbox | Wilmington, NC
November 14 | Jewish Mother | Virginia Beach, VA
November 15 | Capital Ale House | Richmond, VA
November 16 | U Street Music Hall | Washington, DC
November 17 | 8×10 | Baltimore, MD
November 29 | The Westcott Theatre | Syracuse, NY
November 30 | | Ithaca, NY
December 1 | Red Square | Albany, NY
December 7 | River Street Jazz Cafe | Wilkes Barre, PA
December 8 | Appalachian Brewing Company | Harrisburg, PA ^^^

^support Band
#support + Home Body
*support Woodsman
**support Woodsman + Home Body
^^support
^^^support Lydia Loveless

And I couldn’t resist sharing a special moment at the Marco show on Friday. Towards the end of the night, I was able to snag a photo (taken by @JasonSpang) with Phil Lesh himself as he was leaving. Appropriately enough I was even sporting my ‘tigerface’ t-shirt! One of the many highlights to an absolutely awesome birthday weekend!

Phil Lesh & @Phortin 9/14/12

Don’t forget to enter the Tigerface Vinyl giveaway! Just leave a comment below with your favorite Marco tune (old or new!)