Nico Wayne Toussaint

The Funky Biscuit & BocaVapes Present

Nico Wayne Toussaint

Thursday July 20, 2017

8:00 pm

The Funky Biscuit

Boca Raton, FL

$10.00 - $20.00 General Admission $15.00 Day of Show (Under 21 + $10 at the door)

Nico Wayne Toussaint
Nico Wayne Toussaint
He signs his shows with his personnality : charisme and pure energy. His repertoire is mainly originals deep rooted in the 50's Chicago Blues sound with a touch of more contemporary Blues. A tight teamwork by his group and his own unique voice complete a show of blues « a la » Nico Wayne Toussaint.

Professional since 1998, he has recorded 12 albums under his name with all but one on Dixiefrog Records. His Lonely Number (2012) also came out in North America on Canadian based Iguane Records. His latest album ON THE GO also came out on the bask based label HOTSAK. With a rhythm of about a hundred concerts a year, Nico continues to perform and enlist new fans, whether it's in France, Belgium, Holland, the USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, Germany, or in Macedonia, Ecuador, Nigeria, Syria, Tunisia and Morocco.

From the year 2000 on, Nico has been bringing in guest artists like Cash McCall, David Maxwell, Monster Mike Welch, Killer Ray Allison, Tonky de la Peña, Amar Sundy, Neal Black, Mr. Boogie Woogie or Michael Dotson.

He has recorded or worked with Rod Piazza, Guy Davis, Albert Castiglia, JP Soars, Kid Bangham, Per Hanson, Mudcat Ward, L.A.Jones and Andrew Strong.

He has played with James Cotton, Billy Branch, Johnny Drummer, RJ Mischo, Luther Allison, Eddie C. Campbell, Vance Kelly, Jimmy Burns, Jimmy Johnson and many other names out of the Chicago scene.

Nico Wayne Toussaint met the blues when he was 15. Browsing the family record collection, he chanced upon Hard Again by Muddy Waters. The energy of the Chicago Blues plus the beat-'em-up harmonica of James Cotton on that album pressed an unerasable sound-tatoo on his brain. He starts learning the harmonica at age 18 and prevails upon his American family living in Minneapolis to make his first trip to the States in 1992. He loves it so much so that he will return to Minneapolis every year in the 90's : he bartends at the famous Blues Saloon in Saint Paul, he serves for an academic year as teaching assistant at Carleton College, he tours the United States to all parts, from California, Louisiana to Chicago, playing and jamming with numerous bluesmen unknown and well-known.

Back in France and aside from his American experience, he spends three years developing the band Vent du Sud, teaming up with his father Pierre Toussaint on piano blending Chicago Blues with Cajun music. It's during that family adventure that Nico learns his job as band leader and lead singer, gradually gaining confidence and mastery of the stage.

Nico produces his first three albums in Minneapolis between 1997 and 2000. He then goes on to release a new album every other year, each one signed on Dixiefrog Records. If the 90's are the years of apprenticeship for Nico, the following decade is one of getting professional and stacking tours one after the next, opening up for major artists (Mick Taylor, Five Blind Boys, Calvin Russell, Magic Slim …) and receiving frequent awards at « Trophees France Blues ». Nico's music gets airplay on various French and European radio stations and is featured on several Blues cd samples (Rock & Folk, Wagram, Blues Story).

In 2008, his professional and private life take a new turn when he settles in South Florida. He continues to keep up with his band in France but he starts developing his name in the Ft Lauderdale - Miami area, headlining in all the major clubs along the coast. In 2010, Nico earns the right to represent South Florida at the world famous international competition IBC in Memphis. In 2012, he wins the title « Best Florida Harmonica Player » at the Florida Harmonica Championships in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

2011, Canadian record label Iguane Records produces his album Lonely Number with featured guest artists : Rod Piazza, Guy Davis, Monster Mike Welch, JP Soars and David Maxwell.
In 2012, Nico wins the Blues song of the year at the International Songwritting Competition with his tune "How Long To Heal" off the record Lonely Number.

2013 Nico Wayne Toussaint releases « The Mighty Quartet Live », recorded live in France with his regular touring band Florian Royo (gtr), Antoine Perrut (bs and alto sax), Guillaume Destarac (dms) .
2014, he represents South Florida at the IBC in the duo category and end up Finalist along with his long time partner and guitarist Michel Foizon. Together, they record in Miami "ON THE GO", an acoustic album produced by Bask label Hotsak and released on Hotsak and Dixiefrog.

Nov 2014, Nico and his Mighty Quartet wins in Los Angeles the Battle of the 20 Blues Bands and represent the Southern California Blues Society at the IBC 2015. He and his band end up winning 3d place in the Band category and he wins the Lee Oskar Prize for Harmonica.

In 2015, Nico is officially endorced by HOHNER.
Venue Information:
The Funky Biscuit
303 SE Mizner Blvd
Royal Palm Place
Boca Raton, FL, 33432
http://funkybiscuit.com/