Grateful Jam Featuring Members Of The Heavy Pets, Unlimited Devotion & Crazy Fingers Plus Special Student Pro-Am Jam

The Funky Biscuit Presents

Grateful Jam Featuring Members Of The Heavy Pets, Unlimited Devotion & Crazy Fingers Plus Special Student Pro-Am Jam

Tuesday May 15, 2018

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Funky Biscuit

Boca Raton, FL

$7.00 - $10.00 General Admission $10.00 Day Of Show

The Heavy Pets
The Heavy Pets
The Heavy Pets are a funky-ass rock and roll band from South Florida. Called "a living, breathing force of nature" by Relix magazine, they are known for their songcraft and powerhouse live performances. The band has been a mainstay on the national touring circuit for over a decade, and released its fourth full-length studio album Strawberry Mansion in February 2018.

The Pets are a seasoned live act, playing over 1200 shows across the country since their inception in 2005. The band's energetic, extended sets have been described as "full blown musical salvation" that embodies the sound of their Florida home, weaving together elements of indie rock, funk and reggae into a style that is uniquely their own.

The group became an instant Sirius radio sensation upon the release of their debut album Whale in 2007. The crossover sound on their self-titled release, named a "Top 10 Album of 2010" by The Huffington Post, propelled them into the periphery of mainstream music. 2011 saw the release of Swim Out Past The Sun, an acoustic affair featuring longtime Jerry Garcia collaborator David Grisman. Beginning in 2013, the band put out a series of three EPs recorded at the legendary Power Station studios.

The Heavy Pets are currently touring in support of their latest release, Strawberry Mansion. Recorded in South Florida over the course of 2017, the self-produced double LP is the culmination of twelve years as a full-time act, presenting the band’s writing and musical versatility in peak form. The album is the truest representation of the sound they have become known for, distilling elements of rock, funk and reggae into a style that is unmistakable.


Jeff Lloyd // Guitar and Vocals

Mike Garulli // Guitar and Vocals

Jim Wuest // Keys and Vocals

Jamie Newitt // Drums and Vocals

Tony D'Amato // Bass
Unlimited Devotion
Unlimited Devotion
Since their inception Unlimited Devotion has developed a devoted following and a reputation as the leading Grateful Dead tribute band in the Southeast, playing to audiences throughout Florida and beyond. Their comprehensive repertoire includes many Grateful Dead staples as well as tasty cover songs by popular classic rock acts. Lead by lead guitarist John Zias, UD takes on a jazzy/funky delivery of the Grateful Dead songbook.
Crazy Fingers
Crazy Fingers
Crazy Fingers performed their first official show at a private party at Ultimate Farms in Delray Beach FL on Halloween, 10/31/90. A splendid time was had by all. The original lineup was Bubba Newton on bass,Pete Lavezzoli on drums, Mike Greene on rhythm guitar, and Al Zilinsky on lead guitar. In 1993, Corey Dwyer and Rich Friedman joined the band, with Corey on keyboards and guitar, and Rich on guitar. Both Rich and Corey also sang, joining Pete to give Crazy Fingers a three-part vocal sound.

Within a year of Rich and Corey's arrival, the band began touring the state of Florida, opening for national acts, and writing original music which has been recorded on two CDs to date. By the mid 90's, keyboardist Josh Foster began joining the band for special events and statewide shows, eventually relocating from Tampa to become a full member in 1998. Throughout these years the band went through a series of brief changes in the lineup and settled it's longest lineup of Bubba, Pete, Corey, Rich, and Josh. The band continued to build its fan base by playing weekly shows and expanding their repertoire.

From 2007 to 2011 Billy Gilmore joined the lineup while Rich took some time off. In 2013 the band lost Corey to a tragic car accident. It was a huge blow to the band yet even through tough times the band has managed to continue. In 2014 Bubba left and the band was forced to find replacements. Jarrett Aaronson joined the band on Bass and in 2015 the difficult search for a guitar player ended when Johnny Nichols joined the band.

The current lineup of Crazy Fingers is Rich Friedman - guitar & vocals, Josh Foster - Hammond B3 organ, keyboards & vocals, Pete Lavezzoli - drums & vocals, Bubba Newton - bass, and Johnny Nichols guitar & vocals, keeping the band alive and continuing to play on a weekly basis throughout Florida.

The band has played over 5000 live shows, allowing Crazy Fingers to sustain a devoted following and a nationwide reputation as one of the premiere Grateful Dead tribute bands.

We thank you and love you all for being a part of our family!
Venue Information:
The Funky Biscuit
303 SE Mizner Blvd
Royal Palm Place
Boca Raton, FL, 33432
http://funkybiscuit.com/