The South Florida Blues Society's Guitar Player Showcase II Featuring Midnite Johnny Band & Special Guests

The Funky Biscuit & The South Florida Blues Society Present

The South Florida Blues Society's Guitar Player Showcase II Featuring Midnite Johnny Band & Special Guests

Sunday July 16, 2017

Doors: 2:00 pm / Show: 3:00 pm

The Funky Biscuit

Boca Raton, FL

$10 Advance / $8 Advance for current SFBS members or join/renew at the door/website for the discount

This event is all ages

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Midnite Johnny Band
Midnite Johnny Band
Midnite Johnny has worked extensively throughout his native USA and has established a reputation as one of South Florida’s most powerful Blues and Rock guitarists.

A lead/slide guitarist and vocalist specialising in Blues, Blues Rock, Classic Rock, and R & B, Guitar style reminiscent of Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Freddie King and Buddy Guy.

One of South Florida’s hottest musicians whose resume includes work with Bo Diddley, Harvey Mandel (Canned Heat),Warren Ceaser and many more. This veteran of the South Florida Blues scene employs a library of riffs from Freddy King to Otis Rush and Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughn along with his own original material.

Since relocating to the UK Midnite Johnny has fast built a dedicated following throughout Europe. With his band they offer a wide ranging and varied array of Blues, R&B and Roots Rock. The bands vast influences and experiences take them to a place where "The Roots Of Blues Meet The Hard Edge Of Classic Rock & Roll".
RJ Howson
RJ Howson
Fire branded in the Chicago blues circuit, roots rocker and bluesman RJ Howson picked up his skillful guitar chops performing and jamming with blues icons at Buddy Guy's Legends club, Rosa's Lounge, Kingston Mines, BLUES on Halstead and many other clubs in the Windy City and doing countless gigs all over the midwest. Since relocating to Bradenton Beach, he has been busy playing a steady stream of shows all over Florida including performes at the last Save the Gulf Festival on Anna Maria Island, at the Rock the Park festival in New Port Richey
Reggie King Sears
Reggie King Sears
"Reggie Sears may be a new name to most outside of the Blues community, but this self-taught musician is a seasoned veteran with 4 albums. Reggie was a child prodigy guitar player, who is making his return after some time off, with a new found ambition as a Soul/Blues singer. Take a listen to his recent, independently released, first single titled “With Every Beat of My Heart,” the lead song from his forthcoming album So Many Roads. The 20-year-old is obviously an old soul as he delivers a raw, heart-wrenching vocal over his soulful, old school instrumentation. Pay attention to his guitar riffs and that falsetto he belts out at the end."- ThisisRnB
Tommy Benson
Tommy Benson
Tommy has been a touring musician for over 40 years and has worked in various styles of music from Blues, Rock, Funk, RnB, Fusion, Jazz and Country. Opened for national acts such as Grand Funk Railroad, Zephyr(Tommy Bolin), Dreams(Billy Cobham), J Geils Band, James Gang and Buddy Miles to name a few.

Tommy has done studio work at Sound City Recording Studio in Los Angeles as well as working with national and international artists on there projects via the internet. Collaborated with Clint Warwick(Moody Blues) on his last album.

Tommy has performed with band members from Jeff Beck, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Spyro Gyra, Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, Billy Joel, Patti Labelle, Santana, Blackfoot, Molly Hatchett, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Buddy Miles, Le Chic to name a few.
Steve Laudicina
Steve Laudicina
Steve Laudicina was born and raised in Long Island, New York. He was first introduced to the blues at age seven when his parents brought him to an Eric Clapton and Jimmie Vaughan concert. Both fascinated and inspired, he began taking guitar lessons with New York City jazz guitarist Nick Russo, and has not put down the guitar since.

At age fourteen, Steve moved to South Florida where he began playing shows with local punk and metal bands and did a small amount of traveling. At age eighteen he occasionally played with the Gypsy Blue Acoustic Revue where he met Jp Soars, and decided he wanted to play the blues full time.

Steve then formed local blues band, Bobby and the Renegades, where he made a name for himself locally. He was able to hone his chops with influences such as: T-Bone Walker, Otis Rush, Tiny Grimes, Freddie King, Rick Holmstrom, and Magic Sam. He also began playing with South Florida jump blues band, The Regulators, and toured North America with The Rockin’ Jake Band.

Steve currently plays with JP Soars and the Red Hots, where he continues to learn and grow with his bandmates.
Darrell Raines
Darrell Raines
After attending Dade C.C. in MIami, Darrell Raines toured Europe with the Joey Gilmore Band supporting the Soul Rhythm & Blues Tour. During most of the 1990's Darrell played in a variety of bands traveling the east coast and southern Florida. In 2003 Darrell joined the Joey Gilmore Band full time playing piano and guitar.

In January 2005 The Joey Gilmore band played in the International Blues Challenge Finals with Darrell on guitar. February 2006 the band was the winner of the International Blues Challenge with the title of best unsigned Blues Band in the world. Darrell was nominated for the Albert King Award in the finals competition. He toured the USA with the Joey Gilmore Band up until summer 2006. After the summer of 2006 tour, Darrell decided to take his career to the next level and in August, 2006 The Darrell Raines Band was formed. Darrell is currently playing gigs in South Florida.
Patrick Farinas
Patrick Farinas
The Flyers are rock band based in Delray Beach, FL. While writing and recording their own music, The Flyers play shows all over South Florida that includes originals and covers of classic hits.

The Flyers are Patrick Farinas (Guitar), Joe Beard (Drums) and Jordan Richards (Bass). This is a tight knit unit consisting of three multi-instrumentalists. You never know who is playing what in this band.

Influences include The Beatles, The Band, SRV, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and beyond. The Flyers play 4-5 nights a week banging out their versions of timeless classics! Give the calendar link a click to find out where you can see them! Also check out the social media links to stay up to date and up close and personal with The Flyers! Thanks!
Jack Levy
Jack Levy
Jack Levy, a self-proclaimed Florida native has been living in South Florida since 1988. Originally from Cuba, Jack's love of blues and the electric guitar started with Johhny Winter's 'And live' album, the original 1969 Woodstock album and the Marysol Festival album from 1972 with John Nitzinger who was the catalist to gravitating to guitar. Jack ran a studio in Hollywood in the mid to late 90s, he has a large collection of guitars and amps, his favorite ones being a 1950s Silvertone Espanada and a 1973 Gibson Les Paul which was his first real guitar that he still owns. Jack with the Funky Blues Band represented the South Florida Blues Society in Memphis TN this year at the International Blues Challenge in the band category. He mentions all guitars have a certain personality like people, sometimes you get along and sometimes you don't no matter how hard you try.
John Wenzel
John Wenzel
John Wenzel (a.k.a. Good Rockin' Johnny) is arguably the area's pre-eminent blues-rock guitarist. He was a founding member of the Fat Chance Blues Band, Iko-Iko, and Little Nicky and the Slicks. When visiting national blues acts come to town and find themselves in need of a guitarist for a gig, Wenzel is the guy they'd call. To use the oldest cliche in the book, he is a guitar player's guitar player, an ax man who can peel off dazzling solos emulating everyone from Stevie and Jimi to Buddy and Muddy. He is also one of Miami's truest bluesmen, forming bands to play Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon, and Elmore James tunes during the darkest years of the great disco plague. Says Graham Drout, Iko-Iko cofounder and, along with promoter Mark Weiser and fellow bluesman Fleet Starbuck, something of an archivist of the local blues scene, "John Wenzel was playing blues back when everybody said you couldn't. There weren't any clubs with R&B as part of their format. We played parties, tiny little places where you were lucky if they had a dozen people. I think maybe more than anyone [Wenzel] was responsible for creating a blues scene in Miami. Fat Chance was like the mother of all Miami blues bands, and John was the guitar player." You can now catch Johnny playing with the Funky Blues Band.
Jamie King Colton
Jamie King Colton
King Colton is a powerful multi-instrumentalist,singer,songwriter who was raised in Buffalo,N.Y.His interest in music started at age 7 on a plastic clarinet.He started saxophone lessons at 9 and by 10 he added drums.At age 12,from a church visit,he added keyboards.His dream was not to be the best on any one instrument,but to be extremely good on many instruments.

His plan was to be able to record his own compositions,singing and playing everything.At 12 years of age he was making a living playing in a band.Gigs became a way of life,as he played in many groups in western N.Y.When he started high school he became a private music teacher on many instruments.King Colton's first break came with Motown.He joined a band signed to the label and had many hits including the #1 smash,"Here Come Da Judge".The road was his home for many years,as he covered N.America.

King Colton played at various venues,some of which include Madison Square Garden,The Orange Bowl,The London Palladium,Radio City Music Hall,The Georgia Dome,The Greek Theater,The Universal Ampitheater,The Hollywood Bowl,Broward Center For The Performing Arts,The Pompano Beach Ampitheater,The Hatch Shell,The PNC Center,Westbury Music Fair,Melody Fair,The Cape Cod Tent and Kleinhans Music Hall to name a few.Music awards included Outstanding Soloist,Best Night Club Act,Entertainer Of The Year and an award for 39 sold out shows of the U.K.Other highlights include11 World Tours with Dion DiMucci and 3 years as Musical Director for Grammy Award Winner Little Eva.

His saxophone solos were used in two movies,"Michael" staring John Travolta and "The Long Kiss Goodnight" with Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson.He also appeared in "Rock And A Hard Place" with Johnny Depp.He has written and performed music for other movies and numerous commercials.Jamie's dream has come true.He plays over 30 instruments,sings,composes and produces the music on his CD's.

He currently has 5 solo CDs available and is working on #6.King Colton performs at various concerts,events and shows Worldwide!!He is available to play solo,as a guest performer,or with his band.He has played in concert with Kenny Wayne Shepard,Bob Seger,Anthony Gomes,Tinsley Ellis,Dave Mason,Janiva Magness,Michael Burks,Jerry Lee Lewis,Billy Cobham,John McLaughlin,Herbie Hancock,Jaco Pastorius,Dickie Betts,Al DiMeola,Mickey Hart,The Temptations,The Everly Brothers,Frankie Valli,3 Dog Night,The Four Tops,Benny King,The Drifters,The Platters,Peter Noone,Bo Diddley,The Memphis Horns,Sam Moore,Bobby Vee,Little Richard,Sting,Kid Rock,Chevelle,Puddle of Mud,Del Shannon,Warren Haynes,Mike Pinera,Bobby Kimball,Blues Image,Steppenwolf,Pat Travers,Rick Derringer,Edgar Winter,Johnny Winter,Count Basie,Phil Woods,Doc Severinson,Lanny Morgan,Aaron Neville,George Jones,Toby Keith ,Albert Lee,Johnny Depp and many more! He also hit #1 Singer and Songwritter in S.Florida .He has toured Australia,England,Scotland,Wales,Greece,Germany,USA,Canada and many
Venue Information:
The Funky Biscuit
303 SE Mizner Blvd
Royal Palm Place
Boca Raton, FL, 33432
http://funkybiscuit.com/