Waiting For Columbus - Celebrating The 40 Year Anniversary Of Little Feat's Most Beloved Album

The Funky Biscuit Presents

Waiting For Columbus - Celebrating The 40 Year Anniversary Of Little Feat's Most Beloved Album

Sunday August 27, 2017

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

The Funky Biscuit

Boca Raton, FL

$35.00 - $55.00 General Admission $40.00 Day of Show

Billy Iuso
Billy Iuso
"It's a tribute to his growth as a musician that this much firepower could appear on an album that stays resolutely in service to the song." -- John Swenson, Offbeat Editor-at-Large When New Orleans guitarist Billy Iuso changed his musical course on 2013's "Naked," his newly sharpened focus on singing and lyric writing received critical acclaim -- and plenty of love from his national fan base. Now front and center in a way they’ve never been before, Billy’s earthy vocal tone and the disarmingly raw sentiments embedded in his lyrics lend a richer dynamic to the muscular fretwork that’s always powered his performance. Combined with shifting blues-rock textures, echoes of psychedelia and soulful New Orleans funk rhythms, the results paved the way for a reinvigorated, more song-centric direction in Billy’s artistic output.

In 2014, he took those concepts a step further, returning to the studio to record “Overstanding” with an all-star cast of special guests including George Porter and Art Neville.

Citing Porter and Neville as well as Bob Marley, Paul Weller, Steve Winwood and Traffic among his many muses, Billy explains that as he matures, inspiration comes from a mix of words, sounds and musicians.

“I’m writing more songs as I get older,” he says. “Sometimes a new song comes from a story, sometimes from a guitar riff – each one has its own life.”

A New York native who formed the funky, psychedelic guitar-fronted Brides of Jesus in the early ‘90s, Billy quickly developed a strong following on the Wetlands scene alongside Warren Haynes, Blues Traveler and the Spin Doctors. As the Brides’ popularity continued to soar, they shared bills with Widespread Panic and the Dave Matthews Band. While touring and collaborating with a host of key members of the jam band community, Billy explored the roots of the bands that influenced him most – including Little Feat, whose music turned him on to the Meters. Eventually, he opened for the Funky Meters at shows across the country. It wasn’t long before George Porter and Art Neville were encouraging him to relocate to New Orleans permanently, which he did in 1996.

Billy quickly established himself on the live music scenes, forming the Restless Natives in 2002 and performed regularly with the Wild Magnolias, Anders Osborne and as an original member of Dead Feat alongside Grateful Dead alum Bill Kreutzmann and Little Feat’s Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett.

Today, the Restless Natives remain a local music scene staple, along with Billy’s acoustic performances he also frequently can be found on the guitar with old friends like Porter and Neville amongst many others.
Chris Mule
Chris Mule
The name Chris Mulé might not be instantly recognizable to the casual music lover. But in his native New Orleans, he is well known among the musical cognoscenti. He has carved out a career as an ace sideman in a city crawling with gifted musicians. Adept at a variety of styles, the guitarist has played with dozens of local and national acts and established a busy solo career, and is now poised for a major breakout with Honey Island Swamp Band.

Reporting from April of 2004, Keith Spera, the pop critic for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans said, “Chris Mulé has ingratiated himself with the local scene as a utility electric guitarist fluent in a number of roots music styles.”

Mulé’s eclectic style draws on the influences of a variety of local legends including the finger-picking of Snooks Eaglin and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and the chicken scratch playing of Leo Nocentelli of the legendary funk band, the Meters. His other influences, particularly on the slide guitar, begin with another Southern six-stringer, the late Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers. He also cites blues guitarists like Robert Johnson, Bukka White and Albert King in addition to psychedelic warhorses like Jerry Garcia and Jimi Hendrix as having impacted his playing.

The traditional sounds of New Orleans, including jazz and brass band music have also seeped into the stew due to his regular affiliation with stalwarts of the local scene such as Kirk Joseph, the revolutionary sousaphonist and founding member of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dr. John and jazz saxophonist, Donald Harrison, Jr. The traditional sounds of the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans and the zydeco of the Louisiana countryside have influenced his development as well.

Besides playing a mean slide, Mulé has also developed into a keen and insightful songwriter. Honey Island Swamp Band’s albums feature many of these compositions, and the band’s live sets further showcase his range as a writer and his soulful singing voice. Mulé’s songwriting covers a wide range and includes bluesy jams, roots rockers as well as honky tonk romps.

Mulé has appeared on recordings by a slew of New Orleans acts, and has extensive touring experience as a bandleader as well as a sideman, having criss-crossed the United States and parts of Canada. He has also appeared in Japan.

Instruments: Fender Telecaster, Fender Stratocaster, Dean Resonator Steel

Performance Credits:
Eric Lindell & Company
Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown
Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove
Lynn Drury Band
Rockin Jake Band
Terrance Simien
Juice
All That
Damon Fowler
Damon Fowler
After spending much of the past year touring with the band Southern Hospitality, Damon Fowler is back with his third solo project for Blind Pig Records, Sounds of Home. Damon chose swamp blues master Tab Benoit to produce and record him at Tab's rural Louisiana home studio, and their collaboration has resulted in Damon's strongest effort to date. The tension between his measured, laid-back vocal delivery and the hallmark intensity of his guitar virtuosity has never been keener, and the stories told in his songwriting here - sometimes in collaboration with long-time writing partner Ed Wright and Benoit - exhibit a combination of depth, grace and humor very few of his contemporaries can match.

Damon sets the standard for what is to come on the first track, "Thought I Had It All." It's an introspective, brooding tale shot through with razor sharp, frenetic guitar leads. Other songs like the title cut and "Where I Belong" flow in an easy Southern groove. Damon offers up two covers, peppering Johnny Winter's "TV Mama" with slithering slide guitar runs, and doing a great version of Elvis Costello's "Alison." The country tinged "Old Fools, Bar Stools, And Me" offers a poignant take on a familiar theme. "Do It for The Love" is a sweetly contemplative ballad featuring the lyrical counterpoint of Damon's lead guitar and Tab's pedal steel. The album closes with an inspired, finger-picked rendition of the traditional gospel song, "I Shall Not Be Moved." As with Damon's legendary live performances, Sounds of Home takes the listener on a tour through the rich traditions of American roots music, presented by one of its foremost practitioners.

Alongside his solo career, Damon joined forces with fellow guitarist JP Soars and keyboardist Victor Wainwright in 2011 to form the southern roots rock group, Southern Hospitality. SoHo quickly became a strong draw on the national circuit due to their early, roof-raising live performances and their first recording, Easy Livin', on Blind Pig. Of their first show BluesWax said, "Southern Hospitality, after a single gig, has significant players in the blues world taking notice. Fowler, Wainwright and Soars share much love for the songs of the South. The hot jazz and funk of New Orleans, classic country, gospel, soul, and blues that became rock 'n' roll in Memphis and went global by way of a trucker named Elvis." Hittin' The Note called the album "a dozen potent shots of pure Southern pleasure. The roughneck, laid-back ways of this fine debut are reminiscent of the best days of Southern rock." Damon has neatly managed to balance his participation in SoHo with his own, well-established solo endeavors.

On the strength of his hybrid of roots rock, blues, and sacred steel, the Florida native started wowing audiences with his musical exploits as a teenager, building a reputation as one of the hottest young players on the scene. Adding songwriting and vocal skills to his repertoire over the years has brought him many accolades, with critics extolling his originality and maturity as well as his technical guitar expertise. In 2008's "Best of Tampa" poll, Creative Loafing magazine named him "Best Guitarist... And Slide Guitarist... and Lap Steel Player... And Dobro Player." Fowler's guitar work has been compared to Johnny Winter and Jeff Beck, while his slide guitar has a hint of the late Duane Allman. He can play fiery guitar runs with the best of them, but it's his lyrical work on lap steel and Dobro that makes him stand out among the legions of guitar heroes.

Damon's Blind Pig debut, 2009's Sugar Shack, showcased a fresh and exciting rising star coming into his own as a performer and writer. Damon's sparkling original compositions paired perfectly with well-chosen cover tunes from Billy Joe Shaver, Merle Haggard, and the Amazing Rhythm Aces. The critical reaction to its release was unanimously laudatory. The Chicago Sun Times proclaimed, "Make way for the next big-time guitar slinger, wire-walking Tampa, Fla., native Damon Fowler. This kid can play, garnering big raves for his power trio's live shows. Even better, he shows no need to kill you with pyrotechnics on his major-label debut." Hittin' The Note said, "With this album, Damon Fowler is really just starting to open up shop, and I suspect he'll be open for business for a long time to come," while Billboard noted, "He's a formidable slide guitar player, and has also mastered lap steel and dobro as well as electric guitar; his playing throughout the album is deft. Indeed, Fowler may be so skillful that he prefers pickin' tasty to larger-than-life guitar heroics."

In 2011, Blind Pig released Devil Got His Way, which went a long way toward fulfilling the tremendous potential that his acclaimed debut promised. His remarkable songwriting skills and vocal expressiveness were maturing, and his instrumental voice, by turns incendiary and deeply lyrical, got even stronger. The styles and moods of the songs on Devil Got His Way ran the gamut. The sharp title cut told a sordid tale, punctuated by furious slide guitar runs. "After The Rain" was a beautiful, meditative ballad. "Tight Rope" recalled the playful tone of Leon Russell's version, without sounding derivative. From the swampy nighttime heat of "Cypress In The Pines" to the wistful, R&B feel of "You Go Your Way" to the ironically rock anthemic "American Dream," Damon showed the uncanny ability to make all the flavors of American rock'n'roll uniquely his own. Like its predecessor, Damon's second Blind Pig release garnered high praise from reviewers everywhere. As Living Blues put it, "Devil Got His Way is full of lyrically rich, confident songwriting and shimmering Americana-laced guitar. Fowler is as expressive a songwriter as he is a singer and instrumentalist. He's preaching an otherworldly, Americana-themed gospel from a six-stringed pulpit. He is a roots guitar guru in the making."

Damon Fowler's star is on the rise. As Wade Tatangelo put it in a feature piece in March, 2013, in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, "Damon Fowler's big, dimple grin cuts through the darkness as he stands outside the historic cottage he calls home in Bradenton Beach. It's the same endearing smile he's flashed on stages across the country and, in recent years, abroad, for nearly two decades. But these days, his smile shines just a bit brighter. In the past year Fowler has married, become a father and witnessed his music career reach new heights thanks to the formation of the super group Southern Hospitality."

And to this list of accomplishments we can now add the release of a superb new recording, Sounds of Home
Eddie Christmas
Eddie Christmas
Eddie Christmas who is know in the drum community as well by his pears as Christmas was born may 19 1980 in New Orleans, LA home of some or not the funkiest drummers today. Eddie started playing drums in church at the age of 6 where he was under the guidance of Craig and Tom Washington who were some of the baddest kats on the gospel scene Eddie was blessed to have musicians that took him under their wings to guide him. His first gig was on Frenchman street at the age of 9 yrs. old with a quartet called The Friendly Traveler Every Sunday night. Eddie attend Andrew J Bell middle school where he study and started his career as a percussionist under the direction of Donald "MeatHead "Richerdson. Eddie was drumsection section leader in his 7th and 8th grade years eddie attended John F. Kennedy high school where he joined the concerrt band and marching band where they won numerous trophies in parades competitions and more. After graduating high school eddie focused on playing gigs in and out of the church. Eddie is known for his fat pocket and back beat when ask by his pears or fellow musicians he tells them until you had gumbo its hard to say. Over his musical journey Eddie has played or shared the stage with Gerald Levert, ChrisRobinson, The Black Crowes, Sting, Marva Wright, Big Chief Bo Dollis, June Yamagishi, Leo Neocentilli, ShaneTheriot, Henry Butler ,Big Sam sFunkyNation, Good Enough for Good Times, Brian Cooga nBand, Kirk Joseph (Dirty Dozen Bras sBand, Tab Benoit, and Recently Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gents new album Live In Austraila 'Mo Hippa' . Eddie has traveled the world touring allover the globe He thanks god for all he has done for him and theirs more to come. Eddie Christmas.com coming soon.
Ron Holloway
Ron Holloway
Ron Holloway is one of the busiest tenor saxophonists on today's music scene, in any genre!

Ron was a member of Root Boy Slim & the Sex Change Band from the summer of 1977 until the summer of 1987. As a member of Gil Scott-Heron's Amnesia Express Band, Holloway traveled throughout Europe and the United States from February 1982 until the summer of 1989. In June 1989, Holloway joined world renowned trumpeter, Dizzy Gillespie's Quintet and remained until Gillespie passed, in January 1993.

Ron was a member of the Susan Tedeschi Band from November 2005 until November 2009.

In 2011, as a member of the Warren Haynes Band, Ron toured internationally in support of two critically acclaimed releases on the Stax Records label.

Throughout the past decade, Holloway has been a frequent guest of Gov't Mule, Tedeschi and Trucks Band, The Allman Brothers Band, Little Feat, Taj Mahal, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Widespread Panic.

Since 2014, audiences have been filling music venues to see Holloway's latest project: A high energy, sax-driven funk machine called The Ron Holloway Band!
Venue Information:
The Funky Biscuit
303 SE Mizner Blvd
Royal Palm Place
Boca Raton, FL, 33432
http://funkybiscuit.com/