The Funky Biscuit Presents A Killer Blues Banger with Mike Zito and Albert Castiglia for TWO Big Nights, 2 Shows Each Evening!
Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 – Shows: 6pm and 9pm
(Boca Raton, FL) – Live Music returns Memorial Day Weekend to The Funky Biscuit, who present a killer blues banger featuring guitar greats Mike Zito and Albert Castiglia, Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24.
Two shows each night: 6pm and 9pm. Tickets: $80.-$240. 303 SE Mizner Blvd.
Info: (561) 395-2929.
JP Soars is the Special Guest performer on May 23; Shaw Davis is the Special Guest performer on May 24.
Mike Zito is one of the hardest-working, most recognizable names in the world of Blues. When he’s not producing albums for the artists on his fledgling Gulf Coast Records label, the St. Louis native is touring throughout the U.S. and Europe (he was on a 30-city European Tour this past March when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, forcing the cancellation of his entire tour. Not to be outdone, Zito set up a Go Fund Me campaign that was hugely successful, resulting in an album entitled Quarantine Blues, recorded with Zito’s touring band (Matt Johnson, Doug Byrkit and Lewis Stephens).
“Blues/rock guitar man and all-around cool guy Mike Zito has made the best of a bad situation by releasing a hot new album called Quarantine Blues,” writes Rock And Blues Muse, in a review of the new albuma free release done especially for Zito’s legion of loyal fans – written, recorded, and mixed over the last two weeks while Zito and his band were in quarantine after returning home from Europe after all of his gigs were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Zito is very much at the peak of his powers, pandemic or not, and his performances speak for themselves quite eloquently. These are some of the best songs of his career and are not to be missed. Turn this set up loud and it will keep your soul alive.”
The new album by Albert Castiglia, Wild and Free, released this past April, was recorded live at The Funky Biscuit. This in-your-face live performance captures the energy and guitar mastery that Castiglia shares with his audiences each time he takes the stage. With special guests Mike Zito, John Ginty, and Lewis Stephens, this is THE live album Albert Castiglia fans have been waiting for!
Reviews for Wild And Free have been stellar: “A band like Cream, at their best, brought punk to blues, and you can now add Albert Castiglia to that very short list of punk-blues virtuoso’s, with Wild and Free, a live show capturing the talented singer and guitarist at the height of his astoundingly rocking powers,” raves Blues Rock Review. “Wild and Free is everything a great live album should be: relentless emotion executed to perfection, yet not too perfectly. By the time it’s over, you’ll be out of breath but also probably ready to dive right back into the album” (9.5 out of 10).
Castiglia took home “Blues Rock Album” for his acclaimed 2019 release ‘Masterpiece’ at the recent 2020 Virtual Blues Music Awards.
What about Coronavirus? On May 14 the Funky Biscuit put out this message on their facebook page to address reopening:
Dear Funky Biscuit Patrons:
We want to first say thank you to everyone who has been so gracious with their love and support through emails, texts, and Facebook messages over the last two months. While things have been difficult on all of us, uplifting and encouraging messages have been a real blessing…so thank you again! After much debate, we have decided to reopen our doors (on a limited schedule) Memorial Day weekend starting on Saturday, May 23. We will, of course, be strictly adhering to Florida’s Phase 1 Guidelines with tables spaced six feet apart and no bar seating. Our staff will be required to wear masks and gloves for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, our capacity will be limited to 25% and as such, will make it very difficult over the next several months to ensure that we can not only stay open, but continue to bring you quality entertainment and a great dining experience. You will be noticing some changes for all newly announced shows:
• You will be required to buy a table, not a seat. While this may seem like an inconvenience to many of you, it will allow everyone to be comfortable and feel safe with the persons sitting next to them. Yes, you may have to make an extra phone call or two to team up with others to purchase a table, but we feel this is the best policy at this time.
As I mentioned earlier, we will be reopening with a limited schedule over the next couple of months, so we ask that you be patient, understanding, and supportive during this time. a given night while maintaining adequate social distancing, but to fairly compensate our musicians who desperately need to be working as soon and as much as possible.
• You will notice increased ticket prices and an increased food & beverage minimum. Again, a necessary change in order for us to remain open and fairly compensate our musicians.
• Our Monday Night Biscuit Jam will remain intact but will now start at 7pm (one show) and be limited to 25% capacity. It will now be a ticketed event for ALL RESERVE SEATS. Each week’s ticket price will vary based on the featured artists and an increased food & beverage minimum will apply. At such time that we are permitted to allow General Admission (Standing), admission for musicians and General Admission will remain free.
• We will be reopening for our Friday Happy Hour (please see website for date). Admission will remain free and there will be no food & beverage minimum.
As I mentioned earlier, we will be reopening with a limited schedule over the next couple of months, so we ask that you be patient, understanding and supportive during this time.
In the meantime, we continue to send our love to all of you and ask that you be safe and adhere to whatever guidelines apply to whatever part of the world you and your family live.
Albert Poliak Founder & CEO
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