Biscuit Fest 6 Featuring Oteil Burbridge's Bureau Of Sabotage Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band / Dead & Co) John Kadlecik (Dark Star Orchestra / Furthur / Phil Lesh & Friends) Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits) Jeff Franca (Thievery Corporation)

The Funky Biscuit, Shipyard Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company & BocaVapes Present

Biscuit Fest 6 Featuring Oteil Burbridge's Bureau Of Sabotage Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band / Dead & Co) John Kadlecik (Dark Star Orchestra / Furthur / Phil Lesh & Friends) Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits) Jeff Franca (Thievery Corporation)

Crazy Fingers

Saturday April 1, 2017

8:00 pm

The Funky Biscuit

Boca Raton, FL

$30.00 - $50.00 General Admission $30.00 Day of Show

This event is 21 and over

Oteil Burbridge
Oteil Burbridge
Two time Grammy winning bassist Oteil Burbridge has been in the music business touring and recording for over three decades. His first step into the national spotlight came in 1991 when he became a founding member of the Aquarium Rescue Unit featuring Col. Bruce Hampton, a cult classic that has stood the test of time. That led to his membership in the classic rock group The Allman Brothers Band. Since 1997, his work with the band has earned him two Grammy nominations for best rock instrumental, in 2003 and in 2004. Over the years, Oteil has shared the stage with rock and blues legends such as Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Levon Helm, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Billy Gibbons, Chuck Leavell, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Johnny Winter, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow and Trey Anastasio. In 2012, Oteil received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his 15 year contribution to the Allman Brothers Band as the longest running bassist in the band's history.

While touring and recording with the Allman Brothers over the years, Oteil still found time to collaborate with many other musicians. He formed his solo group, Oteil and the Peacemakers in 1998. From 1998 until 2007, the group toured extensively and released three albums. In 2001, Oteil joined Phish's keyboardist Page McConnell and The Funky Meters' drummer Russell Batiste to form Vida Blue. He also founded an improv based trio with Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and Max Creek guitarist Scott Murawski in 2008.

Oteil's latest venture has been another dream come true for him: being reunited on the stage with his brother Kofi, after ten years of touring separately. Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band in late 2010, featuring the Burbridge brothers in the rhythm section, and the band released their first record, Revelator, in 2011. This 11-piece super group has been wowing crowds at festivals, theaters and concert halls across the globe. The Tedeschi Trucks Band played Eric Clapton's iconic Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2011. Oteil's original composition "Love Has Something Else to Say" was including in the DVD release and on TTB's Grammy-winning debut album. The Tedeschi Trucks Band released their second album (and first live album) in 2012, titled "Everybody's Talkin".

Over the years, Oteil has also recorded and shared the stage with jazz and jazz-rock fusion legends Herbie Hancock, Roy Haynes, Randy Brecker, John Scofield, Jerry Goodman, Bob Moses, Lenny White, Steve Smith, Bela Fleck, Jimmy Herring (solo), Howard Levi, Victor Wooten and Branford Marsalis.

Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart joined forces with John Mayer in 2015 to form “Dead & Company”, with Oteil on bass and Jeff Chimenti on keys. The band toured the US in the fall and finished up the year with two shows at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and two shows at the Forum in Los Angeles for New Years Eve. Dead & Company is booked to play Bonnaroo in June 2016, with a summer tour to follow.

Oteil is also currently working on his fourth solo record, “Water In The Desert” in his home studio, Hidden Spirit Studios. He has assembled an all-star group of musicians for this record, including brother Kofi on keyboards and flute, Little John Roberts and Sean O’Rourke on drums, vocalists Alfreda Gerald and Mark Rivers, and producer David Ryan Harris. The record is expected to be released in 2016.
John Kadlecik
John Kadlecik
John Kadlecik is a singer, songwriter, and musician who can play most string instruments but is primarily known for being a guitar-slinging sideman to Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir in the band Furthur. Also an original co-founder of the group Dark Star Orchestra, John has been performing improvisationally-oriented shows regularly since the late 1980's and touring nationally for the last 20 years. His work also includes several studio releases of original music, and he is currently touring with his own group, The John Kadlecik Band.

The John Kadlecik Band features one of the most loved guitarists in the scene, with a mix of his musical friends playing both original music and fan favorites in a format that is a sheer pleasure for festival audiences. The John Kadlecik Band is currently on a national tour and is ready to visit markets new and old and dazzle new audiences with the band's take on well loved songs as well as his own original works.

While most of the bands he played with wrote their own music, in 1997 John co-founded the group Dark Star Orchestra, a band exclusively devoted to playing the well-documented actual setlists of the Grateful Dead. Originally started as a side-project house band for some of the best local deadhead musicians, "DSO" rapidly became a nationally touring band, attracting many guests to join them onstage, including John Fishman, Mike Gordon, Sam Bush, Jorma Kaukonen, John Popper, Sanjay Mishra, Tom Constanten, Vince Welnick, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir to name a few.

In 2009, John departed from Dark Star Orchestra to join Furthur, with original Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. Since then that band has toured tirelessly, filling arenas and headlining festivals. More recently John has been the frequent lead guitar player for Phil Lesh and Friends, meshing into that ever changing line-up.

Even within this extremely busy schedule, John also time for other musical projects, both live and in the studio. A bluegrass band, numerous short-lived original groups, and in 2003 John began playing sporadically with Melvin Seals. Out of those shows came a group with Melvin called The Mix, also featuring Greg Anton, Jeff Pevar, and Kevin Rosen. The Mix toured nationally and went on to sign a recording contract, releasing a full length CD in 2004 titled, American Spring, but eventually disbanded for lack time in everyone's schedule to tour.

John now lives near Washington, DC, and when not on the road with the John Kadlecik Band, appears as a solo acoustic performer and as a featured guest performer with other bands, including as a frequent and special guest of Everyone Orchestra and Melvin Seals and JGB.
Aron Magner
Aron Magner
Philadelphia-based musician best known as the keyboardist and founding member of The Disco Biscuits. Magner and The Disco Biscuits have been instrumental in bringing live and studio improvisational, electronic-based music to the forefront of the live music scene. From a young age, Magner was classically trained on the piano. Magner was enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania before more aggressively pursuing a career as a musician.

Magner’s early musical influences included jazz and classical music, and led him to formal piano training. Soon after, he discovered David Bowie, Pink Floyd, The Doors, and similar artists. All of these influences remain present and noticeable in Magner’s style to this day and, ultimately, help steer the various bands and projects he is involved with.

After graduating from Lower Merion High School, Magner enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania, where Marc Brownstein and Jon Gutwillig had begun casually playing in musical jam sessions together. As a Philadelphia native, Magner’s reputation as a talented jazz keyboardist preceded him, and it was not long before the three began playing fraternity parties and other social events, often under different names each night such as “Party Tent.” This was the beginnings of The Disco Biscuits.

In 1999, Magner and The Disco Biscuits founded the now-annual Camp Bisco music festival, which began with an attendance of 900 and had grown to a sold out capacity of 25,000 in 2011. It now features a number of headlining U.S. and international acts, and was featured in The New York Times and other publications as a model for bands in the changing music industry. The Disco Biscuits, through the creation of Camp Bisco, by headlining events at famed venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheater amidst national touring, and by creating destination festivals such as Caribbean Holidaze, have been instrumental in bringing live and studio improvisational, electronic-based music to the live music scene.

Magner has also contributed to, and been a member of, other bands such as: Conspirator, Electron, Brain Damaged Eggmen, The Join, and Acoustic Again.

In 2011, Magner and other partners formed Aorta, Inc., a management label with the goal of signing established, as well as promising and emerging musical talent. Magner and The Disco Biscuits also began renting out the studio space they own in Center City Philadelphia in hopes of giving local musicians a cutting edge place to work.

In late 2014 Magner joined Bill Kreutzmann's band Billy & the Kids. This was following performing with Kreutzmann at the 2014 Lockn Festival with a band billed as Bill Kreutzmann's Locknstep Allstars.
Jeff Franca
Jeff Franca
"The evolution of this ensemble has happened naturally over the past year and a half. Having captivated audiences from coast to coast, and finished up their first full length record, it is clear that Congo, Haile and Flex are on the rise as a cutting edge musical force. The influences in the music are quite diverse. Congo's time as the drummer for Thievery Corporation has clearly had an affect on his ears as he continues to explore the downtempo, reggae mezcla, with an obvious hip-hop overtone to the over all musical composition. You will be taken through an array of sounds and rhythms, paying homage to the roots of music with thick layers of percussion, signature to the Congo Sanchez sound. Most importantly the band puts out a conscious message which is typically non existent in most of the music we hear these days."

"Dealin' With This," the first full length from Congo Sanchez is an amalgamation of musical influences symbiotically continuing the unique sound achieved by producer and creator Jeffrey James Franca AKA "Congo." The album features the vocal talents of band members Flex Mathews and Haile Supreme, as well as special guests Mr. Lif, Ras Nebyu, and Brittany Tanner. You will even hear a small choir of the bands nieces and nephews featured on the opening cut, "Gentrified Children." Each song tells a different story touching on the real life experiences of the band. From the perils of life on the road, broken hearts and dreams, to deceased family members and political protest pieces, "Dealin' with this" takes it there in all directions. A refreshing, relatable presentation of word and sound, with a relevant, thought provoking message.
Crazy Fingers
Crazy Fingers
Crazy Fingers performed their first official show at a private party at Ultimate Farms in Delray Beach FL on Halloween, 10/31/90. A splendid time was had by all. The original lineup was Bubba Newton on bass,Pete Lavezzoli on drums, Mike Greene on rhythm guitar, and Al Zilinsky on lead guitar. In 1993, Corey Dwyer and Rich Friedman joined the band, with Corey on keyboards and guitar, and Rich on guitar. Both Rich and Corey also sang, joining Pete to give Crazy Fingers a three-part vocal sound.

Within a year of Rich and Corey's arrival, the band began touring the state of Florida, opening for national acts, and writing original music which has been recorded on two CDs to date. By the mid 90's, keyboardist Josh Foster began joining the band for special events and statewide shows, eventually relocating from Tampa to become a full member in 1998. Throughout these years the band went through a series of brief changes in the lineup and settled it's longest lineup of Bubba, Pete, Corey, Rich, and Josh. The band continued to build its fan base by playing weekly shows and expanding their repertoire.

From 2007 to 2011 Billy Gilmore joined the lineup while Rich took some time off. In 2013 the band lost Corey to a tragic car accident. It was a huge blow to the band yet even through tough times the band has managed to continue. In 2014 Bubba left and the band was forced to find replacements. Jarrett Aaronson joined the band on Bass and in 2015 the difficult search for a guitar player ended when Johnny Nichols joined the band.

The current lineup of Crazy Fingers is Rich Friedman - guitar & vocals, Josh Foster - Hammond B3 organ, keyboards & vocals, Pete Lavezzoli - drums & vocals, Bubba Newton - bass, and Johnny Nichols guitar & vocals, keeping the band alive and continuing to play on a weekly basis throughout Florida.

The band has played over 5000 live shows, allowing Crazy Fingers to sustain a devoted following and a nationwide reputation as one of the premiere Grateful Dead tribute bands.

We thank you and love you all for being a part of our family!
Venue Information:
The Funky Biscuit
303 SE Mizner Blvd
Royal Palm Place
Boca Raton, FL, 33432
http://funkybiscuit.com/