The South Florida Blues Society's 12th Annual Guitar Showcase Part 2

The Funky Biscuit & The South Florida Blues Society Present

The South Florida Blues Society's 12th Annual Guitar Showcase Part 2

Sunday July 15, 2018

Doors: 2:00 pm / Show: 3:00 pm

The Funky Biscuit

Boca Raton, FL

$10 Advance / $8 Advance for current SFBS members or join/renew at the door/website for the discount

This event is all ages

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The Mark Telesca Band
The Mark Telesca Band
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 www.delaneyguitars.com

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.
Roderick Kohn
Roderick Kohn
Roderick Kohn
David Julia
David Julia
Who is this Kid? He has been performing live since the age of seven,he has played festival's, fund raisers and private parties, even sang the national anthem at an Orlando Magic Basketball game. He had an ongoing weekly gig at his home town resturant for a year at age ten. He's played all over the state of Florida by age twelve. Guitarist singer/songwriter David Julia is quite an accomplished musician at only fourteen years old.

A age twelve he met Ellard-James "Moose" Boles (Lou Reed's bass player) and was invited to play some blues in Key West Florida, Since then David was all in with the blues. David started taking lessons from master guitarist Ernie Lancaster. As David was honing his skills with his new mentor and friend, Ernie suddenly passed from cancer. Sadden by the passing of his friend David promised to make him proud through music. He started playing at The AlleyBlues club in Sanford, Florida where Ernie once frequented. Continuing to hone his skills and learn Blues from seasoned bluesmen Maurice Fields, Auggie Bassman and Doc Williamson.

David reached out to Blues artist Mark Telesca at the world famous "Funky Biscuit" in Boca Raton, Florida. At the Funky Biscuit David continued his growth and love of blues with help from his new friend and became a regular at the Funky Biscuit. Mark saw something in David and placed him on stage with world class blues musicians and watched as David not only held his own but shined. Scheduled to compete in the international blues competition in Memphis Tennessee Mark suggested David go observe and learn as much as he can. David not only went he had an opportunity show his ability and again he shined. In Memphis after performing on the iconic Rum Boogie Cafe stage he was approached by a member of the Blues Foundation about generation blues for young blues musicians.

In Memphis David went to see one of his favorite blues musicians perform Bob Margolin (Muddy Waters long time guitar player) whom he had meet previously at the Funky Biscuit. He was explained that Bob was holding a "Chicago Blues" workshop at Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch in Ohio and Generation blues would sponsor him. Getting a chance to learn from Bob Margloin was an opportunity David just could not pass up. At the ranch David had the added pleasure of sitting in on a class with blues icon Doug Macleod as well. After an amazing week of music David was inspired by the teachings he received from Bob and Doug to finish up some music he was working on and record his first EP.

Twelve to fifteen hour days in Tru-Noyz studio's Ft. Lauderdale, Florida recording for the first time David was in his element. He was a natural, with his friends Mark Telesca producing and playing bass guitar, Albert Poliak on keys B-3 (owner of the Funky Biscuit) and Chris Peet (Southern Hospitality and JP Soars) on drums made for quite an experience for the young blues artist. To David's surprise Mark invited one of David's Guitar idols and master blues man Matt Schofield to stop by during the session for some coaching and encouragement.

At only fourteen David has been fortunate enough to share the stage with some of the best blues artists around today. He has played with Bob Margolin, Matt Schofield, Albert Castigila, Eliza Neals, Betty Fox, Joey Gilmore, Selwyn Birchwood and many more. Look for David's EP to be released around the first of November 2015 and him promoting it there after!!

Who is this Kid? He is David Julia guitarist, singer/songwriter, entertainer and Blues artist!
Midnite Johnny
Midnite Johnny
Midnite Johnny has worked extensively throughout his native USA and has established a reputation as one of South Florida’s most powerful Blues influenced guitarists. His resume includes working with Harvey Mandel (Canned Heat; Charlie Musslewhite, John Mayall) from 1986-88; Thom Doucette (Allman Brothers) 1988-89 and Warren Caesar in 1989; as well as South Florida favourites Kilmo & The Killers (1990-94) This band toured extensively on the US Blues circuit and was the featured opening act for the likes of Fogat, Jeff Healy Band, Johnny Winter, Mike Pinera and a host of others.

The Killers also backed up Dan Ackroyd for a couple of Orlando Florida gigs. Johnny also worked briefly with James Cotton as stand in guitarist as well as with Bo Diddley on several gigs during 1989 and 1990.
Now based in the UK he is quickly establishing himself here as a master of the blues guitar and fast building a dedicated following throughout the UK and Europe appearing at the Warrington and Nantwich Blues Festivals; and the Colne R & B Festival to name a few, the Colne performance being transmitted live on BBC Radio Lancashire. His playing style is varied and if you close your eyes he could be any one of his guitar heroes Eric Clapton, Freddie King, Elmore James, Albert Collins and many more.
Richie Schmidt
Richie Schmidt
Richie Schmidt was born and raised in NYC, and was surrounded by musical influences from an early age. Singing in his church's “cherub” choir at age 5, he would follow on to the junior and adult choirs. From grade 2 to 6 he took violin lessons (at public school!). And when the church began to experiment with the new “folk” music style that was becoming popular, he began playing guitar. Some formal lessons followed at the local music store, and the guitar became a constant companion.

With his transistor radio (tuned to WABC), he began listening and learning the songs of the time. A friendly competition with his sister Debbie (also a singer/guitarist) provided a “look what I just learned” leap-frog game of sharing songs and styles, accelerating his knowledge of the instrument, as well as his familiarity with the variety of 60s and 70s pop music.

Other influences would add some spice to his skills. Under the direction of musicologist Peter Griggs he studied East Indian music and performed as a percussionist with the NYC Gamelan. A high school friend, Christopher Thall, was a prodigious talent who demonstrated learning techniques that opened up many avenues to musical approach and understanding. And Richie's fascination with musical instruments led him to acquire abilities on piano and flute, as well as banjo, mandolin and other stringed instruments.

He began performing in rock cover bands in 1976, playing classic rock favorites at parties and high schools and eventually in clubs all around NYC and Long Island. In 1983, he fully dedicated himself to a life of music, leaving his home to join a traveling act. Early in these travels he met keyboardist Tess Smith. The two traveled with the touring band for a number of years, eventually settling in South Florida. In 1990 they were married, and began performing as the duo “Twocan Blue”.

In 2002 Richie was invited to fill the guitar role for “The Fabulous Fleetwood's” the longest running “rockin' blues” band in the region.

In 2008, he was the musical director for the stage re-creation of the concert movie “The Last Waltz”, and also performed in the role of guitarist Robbie Robertson .

Continuing on a busy schedule of performances, he's frequently called on as a solo artist and side man, performing on stages large & small, with local musician friends, as well as many noteworthy artists.
Reggie King Sears
Reggie King Sears
"Reggie Sears may be a new name to most outside of the Blues community, but this self-taught musician is a seasoned veteran with 4 albums. Reggie was a child prodigy guitar player, who is making his return after some time off, with a new found ambition as a Soul/Blues singer. Take a listen to his recent, independently released, first single titled “With Every Beat of My Heart,” the lead song from his forthcoming album So Many Roads. The 20-year-old is obviously an old soul as he delivers a raw, heart-wrenching vocal over his soulful, old school instrumentation. Pay attention to his guitar riffs and that falsetto he belts out at the end."- ThisisRnB
Jack Levy
Jack Levy
Jack Levy, a self-proclaimed Florida native has been living in South Florida since 1988. Originally from Cuba, Jack's love of blues and the electric guitar started with Johhny Winter's 'And live' album, the original 1969 Woodstock album and the Marysol Festival album from 1972 with John Nitzinger who was the catalist to gravitating to guitar. Jack ran a studio in Hollywood in the mid to late 90s, he has a large collection of guitars and amps, his favorite ones being a 1950s Silvertone Espanada and a 1973 Gibson Les Paul which was his first real guitar that he still owns. Jack with the Funky Blues Band represented the South Florida Blues Society in Memphis TN this year at the International Blues Challenge in the band category. He mentions all guitars have a certain personality like people, sometimes you get along and sometimes you don't no matter how hard you try.
Eric Austin
Eric Austin
Eric Austin
Ryan "Little Eddie" Bladen
Ryan "Little Eddie" Bladen
Ryan "Little Eddie" Bladen
Josh "The Pitbull of Blues" Rowand
Josh "The Pitbull of Blues" Rowand
Josh "The Pitbull of Blues" Rowand is an electrifying master of his guitar.

He allows the guitar to come alive and speak to his audience with his energized soulful rendition of the blues. Josh is a guitarist based in South Florida, born in New Jersey in 1983, he has been playing professionally for twenty years. In addition to being an accomplished guitarist and vocalist he is well versed in many other instruments and is a song writer as well. Josh has prominently led his own group on the festival circuit from the Florida Keys to Canada. His hope is to continue to grow as a musician and travel the world sharing his brand of blues.

Josh is a "Silent Conductor" and he demonstrates this while on stage with only his guitar or while performing with his band.

In August 2015, he won the Southwest Florida Blues Society (SWFBS)Solo Artist Blues Challenge and will go on to compete in the International Blues Challenge in Jan 2016 as the representative for SWFBS. He had also won the 2012Treasure Coast Blues Society (TCBS) Solo Artist Blues Challenge and competed in the 2013International Blues Challenge as a solo artist as the representative for TCBS.

Josh, along with his band "The Pitbull of Blues Band", is a regular on the festival circuit, having won a number of blues challenges and contests. Josh has been prowling the Southern US for the past 20 years.

Josh is a performer, a guitarist, a singer, a songwriter ....

Josh "The Pitbull of Blues" Rowand is a true artist and entertainer!
Venue Information:
The Funky Biscuit
303 SE Mizner Blvd
Royal Palm Place
Boca Raton, FL, 33432
http://funkybiscuit.com/