Brothers & Sisters Annual Holiday Jam - Celebrating The Allman Brothers Band and The Lives of Gregg Allman & Butch Trucks Featuring Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman Band), Marc Quiñones (The Allman Brothers Band), Berry Duane Oakley & Other Special Guests

Funky Biscuit Productions Presents

Brothers & Sisters Annual Holiday Jam - Celebrating The Allman Brothers Band and The Lives of Gregg Allman & Butch Trucks Featuring Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman Band), Marc Quiñones (The Allman Brothers Band), Berry Duane Oakley & Other Special Guests

Melody Trucks Band

Saturday December 23, 2017

8:00 pm

The Funky Biscuit

Boca Raton, FL

$40.00 - $60.00

Scott Sharrard
Scott Sharrard
Scott began his music career in Wisconsin in the early ’90′s. He spent his teenage years attending Milwaukee’s prestigious High School of The Arts by day, while playing in clubs and touring by night. During that time, he played with local blues legends the Stokes, Willie Higgins, and Harvey Scales, as well as such international blues and jazz luminaries as Buddy Miles, Melvin Rhyne, and Clyde Stubblefield.

After rising to the top of the local circuit by the age of 19, Scott moved to New York City with his band, The Chesterfields. They recorded and released three albums, toured nationally, and were mentored by Ahmet Ertegun and recieved critical praise from the likes of Russ Titlemen, Rob Thomas, and Dr. John. The band also garnered rave reviews from Billboard Magazine, USA Today and many other national publications. The band disolved in 2002 and Scott then embarked on his career as a solo artist. From 2002-2008, Scott released three albums (Dawnbreaker, Analog/Monolog, and Ante Up) to critical acclaim.

In the Fall of 2008, Scott joined the Gregg Allman Band as a touring guitarist, being hailed as “Gregg Allman’s secret weapon” by Glide magazine. Scott has developed a close musical relationship with Allman over the last 7 years and he now serves as Musical Director for the Gregg Allman Band. Allman can also be heard covering Scott’s song (from 2012’s Brickyard Band album) “Love Like Kerosene” and there are plans to include it on his next solo album.

Scott Sharrard and the Brickyard Band, released their self titled debut in 2012 and embarked on a national tour soon after. Their new album is now in the works with a 2015 release date to be announced.

Over the years, Scott has also performed with such artists as The Allman Brothers, Levon Helm, Amy Helm, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Jennifer Johns, Marshall Crenshaw, Kelley Hunt, Katy Pfaffl, Brian Charette, and Jay Collins & The Kings County Band.
Marc Quiñones
Marc Quiñones
Born in the Bronx, Marc began playing drums when he was three years old. “My father and uncle played, so there were always drums in the house. I guess it was only natural that I began playing the conga.” He was nine years old when he landed one of his first professional gigs-playing in a Latin opera at Carnegie Hall in New York City and then on to perform with Tito Puente. “I grew up listening to Tito’s music, so playing side-by-side with him was amazing for me as a kid. The highlight of my career was being invited to play timbale on his one-hundredth record, which is a milestone in itself. Tito has always been my idol. He’s an amazing person and an amazing musician who’s still going strong.”

Marc Quinones went on to play with iconic artists such as Rafael di Jesus, Willie Colon, Ruben Blades, David Byrne, and by 1989 joined the group Spyro Gyra.

Marc’s positive experience in the rock and roll arena compelled him to accept a job with the Allman Brothers Band after a chance meeting with Butch Trucks in 1991. “After watching me perform one night with Spyro Gyra, Butch came backstage and told management he was going to steal me from the band. Two months later, everything kind of fell into place.”

Marc continued to play with The Allman Brothers until they disbanded in 2014 and now as a permanent member of Gregg Allman’s band.

Marc’s credo is to always put 110 percent of his effort into any job, and not only give quality work but also ensure that all accompanying music melds with his rhythm. “If someone hires me for a performance, I try to make their music, their dream, come to reality. I don’t just play a part. I try to work things out to make the music better.”

He says the payback for his effort comes from musicians and other people who approach him to tell him they’re fans of his playing. “My reward is that my name, my playing, and my reputation are solid as far as music is concerned.”
Berry Duane Oakley
Berry Duane Oakley
Berry is the son of the founding bass player of the Allman Brothers Band, Berry Oakley.

Growing up in Los Angeles with his step dad ,“Dad” Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night), and his mother, Julia, he clearly inherited the gift and love of music trough his extended family’s vast community of creative music talent. Oakley is a vintage nut who has worked with countless musicians, artists, producers and song writers over the years. He's toured with several bands, including his godfather, Robby Krieger (of the Doors) band, "RKB" from 1991-2000. In 1992 Berry joined Bloodline. Bloodline's line-up included Berry Oakley, Waylon Krieger, Lou Segreti, Joe Bonamassa and Erin Davis (son of Miles Davis). Releasing their self-titled CD for EMI Records, produced by Joe Hardy (ZZ Top, Jeff Healey) in August of 1994, Bloodline's first single, "Stone Cold Hearted" charted; 19 on Album Network's Powercuts, 21 on Radio & Records' Rock Tracks and 32 on Billboard's Rock Tracks. Bloodline toured the US extensively with the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tesla, ZZ Top, Bad Company, Bob Dylan, Collective Soul, Eddie Money, Foreigner, Robby Krieger, Ian Moore, B.B. King, and more. They also appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brian, as well as many other talk shows and programs.

In 1996 Berry put together OKB (Oakley Krieger Band) with Waylon Krieger, Duane Betts (son of Dickey Betts), & Alec Puro (Deadsy). OKB slammed the circuit with its heavy Southern rock guitar sound earning Berry the Rock City News award "best bass player" in 1997.

In 2000, Berry joined Blue Floyd, a jam band whose goal was to take Pink Floyd's music back to its blues roots. With top artists like Marc Ford (Black Crowes), Matt Abts (Gov't Mule), Johnny Neel (Allman Brothers) & Allen Woody (Gov't Mule), and later Audley Freed (Cry of Love, Black Crowes), Jeff Pevar (Crosby Stills & Nash), & Alvin Youngblood Heart. Blue Floyd has backed such greats as Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Steve Cropper, Buddy Miles, and many others as they toured extensively through the US & Europe.

When he wasn't out with Blue Floyd, Berry could be found playing in Marc Ford & the Sinners as well as Malibu's notorious Backbone69. (Berry appears on Marc Ford's solo debut record "It's About Time.") Since 2004 he’s been playing in another notorious Malibu band 27Miles (formally 454.) Berry appears on there debut record "Bringin It Back”. "Oakley's approach and abilities are extraordinary, spontaneous and world class,” - Kevin Solomon, 27 Miles

"My goal is to learn as much as I can from music and the musician's that I've been blessed to work with. And I plan to continue playing and to soon be producing bands and artist as well as my own music," Berry

From 2002- 2013 Berry played bass for his Step-Dad Chuck Negron’s Band. "CNB". Chuck is the original hit-making vocalist behind such Three Dog Night hits as “Joy to the World” and “One is the loneliest number. "It was a joy working with him. I remember watching 3 Dog Night as a kid and how much the music and their performance always moved me. I got to share the stage with him and his wonderful band playing all those wonderful songs together."

Since 2007 Berry has been living in Sarasota Florida, playing with numbers or wonderful bands and musicians building his chops and learning along the way. Berry plays weekly in Siesta Key Florida when not on the road. He has four children, Shaun, Jessica, James & Declan Oakley. and a wonderful wife, Diana. "Family is a wonderful thing :)"

“I love it down here. The musicians are so kind, wonderful and open to new idea's and fun ways to play songs. The amount of talent on a weekly basis around here blows me away. I mean on any given day here in Sarasota you can find an awesome show filled with top notch musicians putting on outstanding performances and having a fun time doing it. It's a nice change from the vibe in Hollywood, Los Angeles, where I grew up."

Besides local gigs in the Sarasota area and guest gigs with extended Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule & Dickey Betts Greater Southern family bands.
Ben Sparaco
Ben Sparaco
Ben Sparaco is a young guitarist, singer, and songwriter living in Nashville, TN with a sound that combines energetic and soulful guitar playing with a unique blend of rock, soul, blues, jazz, and folk music. At only 19 years old he has begun to make a name for himself around the country playing his unique original music.

Starting at the young age of 11, Ben began playing guitar with cover bands around his native Broward County, Florida. Not long after, he found the sound he had been hearing in his head in blues music from the likes of B.B. King, Elmore James, Freddie King, and Muddy Waters. Following this music forward in time, he discovered the Allman Brothers Band, which he still cites as one of his main influences.

By the time he was 15, Ben began playing his original music to audiences around south Florida. Throughout his time in high school, he began to hone his skills on slide guitar while simultaneously delving into a study of various traditional music styles such as Gospel, R&B, Eastern Classical (Sarod), American and European Folk, Bluegrass, and Jazz.

In early 2015 Ben began a stint as a full-time lead guitarist with south Florida jam legends Crazy Fingers; a gig which exposed him to the music of the Grateful Dead until his full time departure in August of 2015. On August 18th, 2015- the night before moving to Nashville, TN- he assembled his own band and welcomed many guests to the stage of the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, FL. This band would undergo some personnel changes and quickly prove to be an in-demand musical force in the southeastern United States and beyond and is now called the Ben Sparaco Band. In May of 2016, the Ben Sparaco Band released “Bring The Jubilee EP.”

On January 13th, 2017, Ben released his debut full length album “Wooden.” Produced by Ross Holmes (Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers, Warren Haynes, Mumford and Sons), the record displays a decided shift in Ben’s sound towards a more string-based Americana sound mixed with his wide-ranging jazz, rock, and soul influences.

Ben has had the opportunity to share the stage with members of The Allman Brothers Band, Dead and Company, North Mississippi Allstars, Warren Haynes Band, Susan Tedeschi Band, Jerry Garcia Band, Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, Devon Allman, Matt Schofield, The Heavy Pets, Roosevelt Collier, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and more at venues across the country.
Melody Trucks Band
Melody Trucks Band
Venue Information:
The Funky Biscuit
303 SE Mizner Blvd
Royal Palm Place
Boca Raton, FL, 33432
http://funkybiscuit.com/