Biscuit Jam With Mark Telesca & The Funky Biscuit All Stars Featuring Piano Bob's 88's Trio With Bonefish Johnny

The Funky Biscuit Presents

Biscuit Jam With Mark Telesca & The Funky Biscuit All Stars Featuring Piano Bob's 88's Trio With Bonefish Johnny

Monday April 24, 2017

8:00 pm

The Funky Biscuit

Boca Raton, FL


Seating on Monday nights are on a first come, first serve basis.

Mark Telesca & The Funky Biscuit All Stars
Mark Telesca & The Funky Biscuit All Stars
Mark Telesca is an American Songwriter / Singer / Guitarist and Bassist. He studied music at Florida Atlantic University and currently lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.

His “HOOK” oriented songwriting style and storytelling lyrics along with his expressive style of bass playing and powerful lead vocal is capturing the attention of music lovers everywhere.

Mark has released his first solo studio CD titled “Heavy Breathing” in January of 2015. His CD spent many months on steady rotation on SIRIUSXM RADIO (Bluesville). The CD is receiving rave reviews and reached the #5 spot on "Blues Power Radio's Top 30" Blues Albums. He has had three singles off the Heavy Breathing CD that has charted on Blues 411 Baker's Dozen of Blues. "If You Got Enough Jack" has reached #5 " Cross the Dog" has reached #2 and "I Don't Need Your Lovin' Anymore" has reached #1 !!!

In January 2015, Mark took his band to Memphis, TN to compete in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) and were semi finalists.

Mark has also started a career playing solo acoustic guitar focusing on Pre-WWII blues, Americana and his own original music.

He has since competed in his local IBC challenge as a solo artist. He has been fortunate enough to win himself another spot in to compete again in Memphis in January 2016 and will be competing again in 2017.

Mark is very proud to be endorsed by Delaney Guitars. Delaney Guitars has built the Mark Telesca Bass Model. They are calling the bass the "TRADITION" model based on its traditional looks, feel and sound. It is currently available for purchase

Mark is out gigging almost every night promoting his music. In addition to his hectic gigging schedule, he is the host of one of the most popular Pro Blues Jams in the Southeast. The Jam takes place every Monday at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, FL. There are many touring artist who make it a point to spend some extra time in sunny Florida just to attend and hopefully participate in this high quality Jam.

As well as being a songwriter, singer, guitarist, and band leader, Mark is a touring bassist supporting many blues / rock artists. He is currently touring with “Blue Mercy” Featuring 2014 Blues Music Award winner and 2015 Blues Music Award Nominee Diunna Greenleaf.

Mark was the bassist along with 2010 Blues Music Award Winner and 2015 Grammy Winner Jason Ricci on Harmonica in The Keith Brown Trio. They later recorded Keith’s album “Down the Line” an acoustic album.

Influences are: The Delta Blues, Gospel Music and Motown.
Bass influences are James Jamerson, Donald Duck Dunn, Oteil Burbridge, Willie Weeks ... Just to name a few.
Piano Bob Wilder
Piano Bob Wilder
"Piano Bob" Wilder received the B.B. King Lucille Award from The Blues Foundation for winning the 1992 International Blues Challenge (then called the National Amateur Blues Talent Competition). Recognized for his skill of playing a wide catalogue of recognized Blues classics, "Piano Bob" Wilder's album Piano Bob's 88s - Big Beat Blues is a fine collection of twelve Blues or Blues-related standards. In much the way that Rod Stewart or Tony Bennett mined American song standards, Wilder's latest is a fine collection that is well played. Singer Lou Abbott's vocals are well suited for the songs selected. However, unlike Stewart, this album will probably not sell millions of copies or justify three volumes. This is a souvenir piece designed to sell off the stage.
Even the most nubile of Blues fans will recognize the majority of tunes on this tapestry, including "Shake Rattle and Roll," "Blue Monday," Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell," and Huey Piano Smith's "Sea Cruise." Apparently a fan of the New Orleans keyboard sound, Wilder includes a tasty Roland Byrd track, "In the Night." Byrd, of course, the birth name for the famed Professor Longhair.

All in all this is a very nice album that would be an excellent gift for someone wanting to connect with a wider range of mid-era Blues-based piano players. The songs are very well done, although being an album of covers songs certainly limits the creativity or long-term importance of Wilder's release. That said, thank goodness guys like Wilder practice and share their love of classic songs as it is a terrific place for budding as well as established fans to go in pursuit of new musical trails. Wilder's passion is contagious and his skills are keeping the Blues alive for the next generation to enjoy.
Bonefish Johnny
Bonefish Johnny
His name is borrowed from a Bahamian fishing guide, his music from a driftwood pile of blues, funk and island groove. "I'm in the moving business," says Bonefish Johnny.

Crossing over between the blues, indie and jamband scenes for years with funk rock act Groove Thangs (signed to Epic, produced by legend Tom Dowd) and eclectic barband Shack Daddys, Bonefish Johnny continues to move bodies and minds with his Funky Roots Revue, solo and collaborating with other artists.

His new release Bonefish Johnny Sings The Blues explores blues, funk and soul with the help of some of South Florida's top talents. Ranging from classic renditions to edgy originals, the album's dozen songs reflect a keeper of the flame still blazing his own trail.
Venue Information:
The Funky Biscuit
303 SE Mizner Blvd
Royal Palm Place
Boca Raton, FL, 33432