Biscuit Fest 7 "Blue Sunday" Featuring Matt Schofield, Albert Castiglia and Shaw Davis & The Black Ties - Special Guests Include John Popper (Blues Traveler), Ron Holloway & Much More!

The Funky Biscuit Presents

Biscuit Fest 7 "Blue Sunday" Featuring Matt Schofield, Albert Castiglia and Shaw Davis & The Black Ties - Special Guests Include John Popper (Blues Traveler), Ron Holloway & Much More!

Sunday April 15, 2018

Doors: 3:00 pm / Show: 4:00 pm

The Funky Biscuit

Boca Raton, FL

$35.00 - $50.00 General Admission $40.00 Day Of Show

This event is 21 and over

Matt Schofield
Matt Schofield
Though he holds a British passport and is an inductee of the British Blues Hall of Fame, Matt Schofield has been making his mark globally as one of the top players in the new class of six string wunderkinds.

The Los Angeles Daily News wrote, ‘ In Schofield, the UK has produced the best Blues guitarist from any country in decades… head and shoulders above the herd’, while Guitar & Bass Magazine rated him in the top ten British blues guitarists of all time ranking him with icons Eric Clapton and Peter Green.

Born in the industrial city of Manchester and raised amongst the rolling hills and locked in time Cotswolds, Schofield began playing guitar at the age of 12.

“My dad relocated to America, but before he left he gave me a BB King video. I watched it before school every day; it was three or four tracks from a concert. Later, when I was in California with my father, he showed me BB King with Albert Collins and Stevie Ray Vaughan on video”.

“It was like; I’ve got to do this. There’s something about the way the three of them were jamming. B.B. really was majestic. As an 11-or 12-year-old watching him, I was mesmerized but didn’t think there was any way I could ever do that. It was too special. But when I saw Stevie Ray Vaughan playing with him, I thought maybe I could. Stevie made it seem accessible to people. I taught myself, working my way through my Dad’s great blues record collection. I did my first gig age 13, and I’ve been doing it ever since”.

At age 18 he left the countryside and moved to London. There, as a sideman, he was able to hone his skills as backing a great variety of experienced and well known artists of the British Blues scene, visiting American artists, as well start touring internationally. The introspective, well read (lover of science, history and philosophy) and passionate Schofield said, “this enabled me to stay close to my roots while learning my trade and exploring a variety of musical frontiers.”

“By age 25 I was starting to explore my own band projects. Although my formative guitar influences are the largely the old school blues players, I never wanted my own music to be constrained by a rigid formula, or even genre. I just want to play ‘Matt Schofield music’. Classic Jazz, funk, soul and rock and all the music I love have all found their way into it. The process of writing and singing has become increasingly important to me, and I feel it’s those other aspects of creativity that helped define my own voice on the guitar. It’s always been important to find a context for the guitar to be part of, so that it’s not just guitar solos for their own sake.

“I remain a music lover first and foremost. The recognition I’ve received from both fans and peers is humbling and inspiring, and those ‘pinch me’ moments where I found myself trading licks with heroes like Robben Ford and Buddy Guy are still the biggest thrill.”

“Now after five studio albums and a solid 10 years of touring with my own band, I have definite broader concepts I want to explore. Remaining open to where the music might take me while maintaining the excitement that improvising and collaborating with talented musicians allow, is key to me. My inspiration and goals came from many places: My influences old and new, including musicians I have wanted to collaborate with for years. Things I still feel I hadn’t fully realized on previous studio records, and a need to keep pushing myself. It all meets at the place where I’m heading now. I’m always aiming to go as far as possible to capturing the same connection with the listener that I aim to make at a live show or on record. That’s the goal. Capturing that special moment.”

Matt is signed to the Mascot Label Group, which is home to some of the world’s most respected guitarists.

Awards and commentary:

British Blues Awards Guitarist of the Year 2010, 2011, 2012 which garnered him an induction into the British Blues Hall of Fame

Voted Blues Album of the Year (2011) Mojo Magazine

Penguin Book of Blues Recordings cited as one of only two living British artists to achieve the maximum four-star rating

Guitar & Bass magazine’s Top Ten British Blues Guitarists

“In Schofield, the UK has produced the best blues guitarist from any country in decades.” L.A. DAILY NEWS, USA

“The best of this generation’s European players. His feel for the music is incredible.” VINTAGE GUITAR, USA

“Top ten British Blues guitarists of all time.” GUITAR & BASS, UK

“The UK’s most exciting blues guitar player.” GUITARIST, UK
Albert Castiglia
Albert Castiglia
“It may be a bit premature to crown Albert Castiglia America's newest King of the Blues, but there's little doubt that he at least deserves the title of heir apparent.” -- Miami New Times

As most artists will attest, the most unexpected circumstance can spark artistic inspiration. That’s a fact that hasn’t been lost on singer, songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire Albert Castiglia. With his latest album, the aptly named Masterpiece, he celebrates an unforeseen triumph -- a connection with a daughter he never knew he had. The result is a work that’s both personal and provocative all at the same time.

Castiglia calls this the most meaningful album he’s ever made. “My daughter finding me and opening up my world to an additional family, including two grandchildren, brought out the deepest material I’ve ever created,” he notes, “along with my wife, they were my muses.” Indeed, songs such as “Keep On Swinging”, “Masterpiece” and “Bring on the Rain” address the unexpected emotions that infused his psyche with the discovery of a family he never knew.

“Prior to my daughter finding me, my entire adult life felt incomplete,” Castiglia reflects in the song “Bring On the Rain.” “I never knew why I felt that way. I could never put my finger on it. Then when I discovered my daughter, my heart was suddenly overflowing.”

The title track echoes the same sort of sentiment. "After my daughter and I connected for the first time, I submitted my DNA sample to the lab to confirm that I was indeed her father,” Castiglia recalls. “I knew she was my kid the second I saw her picture, but my daughter wanted closure and by me taking the test, it would put all the speculation to rest. On the day my results came up positive, I wrote a letter to my daughter telling her how happy I was to be her father. At the end of the letter I wrote, ‘I've been an artist for thirty years, but you're my masterpiece!’ I ran with that line and made it the perfect song to express my love. As the lyric says, I loved her before I even knew her.”

Co-produced by longtime friend and colleague Mike Zito, and released on Zito’s own label, Gulf Coast Records, on May 24th, the album also finds Castiglia reflecting on the disappointment and disconnect that’s gripped the nation in the past several years. Several songs, “Heavy” and “Love Will Win the War”, deal with the dilemma that has impacted the those forgotten as the result of this modern malaise. “Heavy” brings those ideas to the fore. “It was inspired by people who live in this country and feel alienated, unappreciated, demonized and shunned by society,” Castiglia reflects. “The homeless, the vets, immigrants, people of color, teachers, the LGBT community...they were on my mind the whole time I wrote this tune.” “Love Will Win the War” goes even deeper into the horrors and violence that have shaken the very pillars of the nation’s faith and fortitude. Castiglia says it was inspired by the mass shootings that were all too prevalent in recent years. “Those horrific events got me thinking, ‘What goes through my daughter's mind when she drops her kids off at school? Does she think the worst or hope for the best? I really have a hard time playing this song without choking up, because I have my grandchildren in mind when I play it. It's sad, but I believe it's also hopeful.

The tone of the album underscores both its mood and its message, from the forthright stance of “Bring on the Rain,” the frenzy and fury of “Keep On Swinging” and the driving determination of “Catch My Breath,” “Thoughts and Prayers” and “Red Tide Blues,” to the rustic reflection of “Love Will Win the War,” the confidence and contemplation of the title track and the somber and sobering “I Tried To Tell Ya.” By Castiglia’s own admission, the sound is raw and unfiltered, little wonder since he and Zito play all the instruments between them.

“I think blues is a wide open net,” Castiglia once told a reporter. “There are a lot of different ways to do it...I’ve taken a lot of heat for what I do. Some people think I’m too edgy to be considered a blues artist. On the other hand, I don’t think that people like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf would have wanted me copying them and redoing their stuff. There’s no point in doing that. They would want me to do my own stuff.”

Of course, Castiglia should know. The Miami-raised musician served an apprenticeship while backing legendary blues musician Junior Wells. He later went on to work with singer Sandra Hall. Never content to allow himself to be confined to any particular category, he embarked on a solo career that’s yielded eight critically acclaimed album and consist kudos for his exceptional instrumental prowess, his searing vocals, and live performances that have dazzled audiences from coast to coast. It’s little wonder that Miami’s New Times lauded him as South Florida’s “Best Blues Guitarist” or that USA Today was inspired to remark “It's a revelation to discover the thrilling retro-electric blues from this astonishing young guitarist.” Likewise, BluesABout.com called Castiglia “one of those mid-tier artists that is just one album away from breaking big and becoming a household word in the blues world.” Or, as M Music & Musicians once noted, “His back-to-basics approach follows in the footsteps of those who fostered the blues in the Mississippi Delta and the smoky late-night haunts of Chicago.”

For now anyway, Castiglia is content to celebrate a new chapter in his life and what has become an added incentive for making music. That philosophy is perhaps best expressed in another song on the new album, a track called "Keep On Swinging." “It’s about advice I would have given my daughter had I been around when she was a kid but which I'm now able to give to grandchildren,” Castiglia says."’Keep on swinging, don't let the haters get you down.’" I always try to remind them that they are special and can accomplish anything their heart desires if they only put their minds to it. They’re the ones that give me hope for the future.”

Gulf Coast Records to release Masterpiece on May 24, 2019
Shaw Davis & The Black Ties
Shaw Davis & The Black Ties
Shaw Davis is quickly becoming an artist to watch in Roots & Blues Rock. Born April 4, 1995, the young guitarist has burst his way onto the scene and is already known for his raw and emotional style. ​

Backed by drummer, Bobby Van Stone, and bassist, Patrick Stevenson, Shaw Davis & The Black Ties feature their own brand of Psychedelic Blues and Roots Rock that continues to win over fans and crowds across the nation. As a national touring trio, the band has played over 300 shows, headlining festivals and opening tours, allowing them to build a loyal following throughout the country. Being influenced by the sounds of vintage, heavy blues-rock, they have opened shows for acts such as Samantha Fish, Chris Duarte, Mike Zito, Albert Castiglia, Matt Schofield, Popa Chubby, GE Smith, and toured with Anthony Gomes. ​

Formed May of 2016 out of Pompano Beach, Florida, the young power trio has made multiple appearances on Blues Radio International and has been featured in South Florida Music Magazine for their crowd-pleasing performances. In 2017 the band participated in the South Florida Blues Challenge and won their Road To Memphis, representing South Florida at the 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.​

Their self-titled debut album was released on June 14, 2017 to a sold-out release concert at The Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, Florida and continues to receive steady airplay on blues/rock radio stations in the United States as well as the UK. The debut album also received an impressive review from Blues Magazine:​

“We have a new young guitar hero! Shaw Davis of South Florida. Fierce, raw guitar licks… his guitar tears, barks and bites… We will certainly enjoy this guitarist in the future.”​

In January of 2018, the trio released “Alive From Legacy”, a three-track live record intended to capture the energy of the band’s live shows. After its release, the live EP received an excellent review from Rock and Blues Muse:​

"Dynamism, precision, and outright fury. It’s like a three-pronged sonic offensive – the guitar pierces, the bass rattles, and the drums batter. For fans of the heavier end of blues rock, it’s a beating your eardrums will gladly take.”​

October 20, 2018 brought their sophomore album to life, Tales From The West, with more impressive reviews and airplay while debuting at #20 on the Roots Music Report Blues Rock Chart.​

“They’re a three-man wrecking crew that infuse the Blues with Hard Rock muscle to gratifying effect.” -The Rock Doctor

“The hard-charging, rising Blues Rocker leads his trio through a blistering set that shows he never heard of a sophomore jinx. Tipping his hand that he’s charting a course of being a Road Warrior that lights up the night, this hard-hitting set defies fashion and conventional wisdom simply by being incendiary. Hot stuff throughout.”
– Midwest Records

"The next generation of pure, unadulterated Blues Rock...this is only the beginning for this remarkable trio." - Rock and Blues Muse

Shaw Davis & The Black Ties have created a serious buzz in the blues-rock community that is a force to be reckoned with. Don’t miss your chance to catch the band in action!
John Popper
John Popper
Popper is a founding member of Blues Traveler, serving as the band's front man with lead vocals and harmonica. A prolific songwriter, he has composed the majority of the lyrics and music of Blues Traveler's songs. The band grew a following with its extensive touring, sometimes with over 300 dates a year, and gained a reputation in the jam band scene of the 1990s. Blues Traveler crossed over into mainstream pop/rock radio success with their 1994 album four, which garnered the group extensive media exposure. The Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1996 was awarded to "Run-Around," a song that Popper composed.

In 1990, Popper began to perform occasional solo concerts in addition to touring with Blues Traveler. Several songs that originated as Popper's solo pieces have become part of Blues Traveler's repertoire, and vice versa. Popper has co-written songs with Trey Anastasio, Warren Haynes, Chris Barron, and Jonny Lang. He also frequently appears as a guest performer with musicians both famous and obscure, from a diverse variety of genres. He has performed with, among others, jam bands Spin Doctors, Dave Matthews Band, Phish, the Allman Brothers Band, bluesmen Eric Clapton and B.B. King, singer-songwriters Jason Mraz and John Mayer and saxophonist Karl Denson.

In 1992, Popper conceived the HORDE Festival as a venue to gain exposure for up-and-coming independent musicians. It ran until 1998.

Popper formed a rock/jazz/hip-hop fusion group the John Popper Project with DJ Logic, which released an album in 2006 and performs occasionally.
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/