On Sunday and Monday, Sam Champion, which is fronted by onetime RANA manager Noah Chernin and features RANA drummer Ryan Thornton, opened for the Benevento/Russo Duo featuring Mike Gordon (G.R.A.B.) in Atlantic City and Falls Church, VA. As he has on occasion, on both nights RANA keyboardist Matt Durant joined his bandmate throughout Sam Champions set. In Falls Church, VA, Durant also made a surprise appearance with the G.R.A.B., supplying lead vocals for a cover of Devos Freedom of Choice at the end of the group second set. Durant then returned during the trios encore to lead G.R.A.B. through a humorous Far Side rap.
Tonight, G.R.A.B. will perform at Jacksonville, FLs Freebird Live, while RANA’s next scheduled gig takes place take place at New Yorks Knitting Factory tomorrow. Fridays Knitting Factory performance will also feature several rooms worth of entertainment including Urban’s Carnival Parade, which boasts hip-hop remixed tracks of several of the scenes most notable names.