Biscuit Jam With Mark Telesca, Richie Schmidt & The Funky Biscuit All Stars Featuring JP Soars

The Funky Biscuit Presents

Biscuit Jam With Mark Telesca, Richie Schmidt & The Funky Biscuit All Stars Featuring JP Soars

Monday January 7, 2019

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

The Funky Biscuit

Boca Raton, FL

$0.00

Reserve Seats for this event are subject to a $15 food or beverage minimum (Happy Hour Menu not available during this event). Entire party must arrive no later than 7:30pm or reserved seats will be released

JP Soars
JP Soars
Like every musician, guitarist and vocalist JP Soars is a combination of his influences. But unlike every musician, and particularly unlike every blues artist, Soars has an uncommonly-deep influential reservoir to draw from. His latest CD, 2014's Full Moon Night in Memphis, offers proof. Its blues variations include the funky, tongue-in-cheek "Back To Broke," the Latin-peppered jazz of "Lil' Mamacita," and the rollicking "Somethin' Ain't Right," featured in a powerful Soars music video and in frequent play on Little Steven's "Underground Garage" XM Radio program.

In his formative years, Soars recorded and toured as far as Europe with metal bands from South Florida. He's been back much more recently with his gifted Red Hots quartet, having recently played the Baltic Sea Festival in Germany, the Liberation Day Festival in Holland, and other dates in Belgium, France and Austria before extensive touring throughout the United States and Canada. And few blues players have also taken on the challenge of the complex style of Gypsy jazz guitar icon Django Reinhardt like Soars has with his long-standing "Gypsy Jazz" side project.

All of Soars' studio releases, including Back of My Mind (2008) and More Bees With Honey (2011), offer a unique blues dialect that helps him stand apart from the expected post-Stevie Ray Vaughan, Fender Strat guitar pack.

On each, he plays both a hollow-body Epiphone and a home-made, two-string cigar box guitar for his slide pyrotechnics. Combine that unique instrumental stew with Soars' expressive vocals, and one can hear why all of his efforts have gotten frequent airplay and accolades from Little Steven, plus earned him a Blues Music Award nomination for "Best Contemporary Male Blues Artist of the Year" and multiple "Best Blues CD" and "Album of the Year" nods from the Palm Beach Post.

Such success comes as no surprise to knowledgeable fans or critics. Soars and the Red Hots won the 2009 International Blues Challenge (and Soars the Albert King Award for best guitarist) against competition from around the globe in Memphis, TN. For the past few years, the singing guitarist has also been part of the regional all-star blues act Southern Hospitality. Also featuring Tampa vocalist/guitarist Damon Fowler and Memphis vocalist/keyboardist Victor Wainwright, plus Red Hots drummer Chris Peet and Fowler's bassist Matt Walker, the Blind Pig recording artists earned a Blues Blast Award for "Best New Artist Debut Release" for their 2013 CD Easy Livin,' and have toured worldwide in-between the three bandleaders' own schedules. Full Moon Night in Memphis has expanded Soars' profile, attention and airplay even further -- also appearing in constant rotation on B.B. King's "Bluesville" XM Radio program and landing in the Top 50 on the 2014 "Living Blues" chart -- and Little Steven's plan to use the title track in his forthcoming cable TV series, Viva La World, is certain to increase the attention.

Soars prides himself with having one of the tightest bands on the scene with a consistent lineup, and still records his own CDs on his Soars High Productions label despite a standing offer from Blind Pig.
Mark Telesca
Mark Telesca
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.
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.
Venue Information:
The Funky Biscuit
303 SE Mizner Blvd
Royal Palm Place
Boca Raton, FL, 33432
http://funkybiscuit.com/