Five Favourite Fab Gigs: Marco With Love

Marco With Love
Photo by Curtis Wayne Millard

With the recent release of their fetching single Tidal Wave, it was the perfect time to catch up with indie alternative-rockers Marco With Love. From 2am sets in Toronto, performing with friends in Los Angeles, and rocking the legendary Irving Plaza in New York City, A Music Blog, Yea? recently spoke with the foursome to discuss their all-time favourite gigs. Enjoy their stories below!


SUBODH SAMUDRE – The Mercury Lounge, New York

Marco With Love | Mercury Lounge
Photo by Meijin Bruttomesso

For me first show that really signaled that we as a band had arrived was playing direct support for Lindi Ortega @ The Mercury Lounge in NYC. Mercury Lounge in NYC has been a mainstay for Marco With Love. That’s really where we’ve honed our live show. The energy & vibe opening up for a sold out crowd was pretty amazing.

BLAINE O’BRIEN – Cherry Cola’s, Toronto

Marco With Love | Cherry Cola's
Photo by Jennifer Hays Samudre

My most memorable MWL gig would have to be our 2am set at Cherry Cola’s in Toronto during Indie Week 2013. We make it a point to play or at least hang out with Cherish every time we’re in Toronto. It’s our home away from home.

PETER LANDI – Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles

Marco With Love | SoCal Beat
Photo by La Von Rettig

For me, the first time we went to LA as a band was pretty great. We had only been a band for a couple months, and at the time that was the biggest thing we had done. Our first Los Angeles show was held at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, and we were honored to be joined on stage by our good friends, Brother Sal & Eli Wulfmeier. The very next day we taped a live studio performance with them at the Piano Bar for an episode of SoCal Beat. We always look forward to making our return to the west coast.

MARCO ARGIRO – Irving Plaza, Manhattan

Marco With Love | Irving Plaza
Photo by Jennifer Hays Samudre

My all time favorite show was when we got the chance to rock the legendary Irving Plaza in NYC! I’ve seen so many amazing bands play there throughout my time in the city–Irving was always a bucket-list stage for us. I’ve walked by the marquee so many times, always dreaming of one day playing a gig there. The day it finally happened was a dream come true.

The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn

Marco With Love | The Knitting Factory
Photo by Adela Loconte

One of my other favorite gigs was when we shared the bill with Australia’s indie rock darling, Miss Courtney Barnett, and her killer band at The Knitting Factory Brooklyn. It was a sold out show and the energy in the room was electric.


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