Review | Photos | Biscuit Fest 2013 | Florida

Words by: Andrew Wetzler | Images by: Jim Zielinski

Biscuit Fest :: 04.04.13 - 04.07.13 :: The Funky Biscuit :: Boca Raton, FL

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Billy Iuso and George Porter Jr.

Historic Royal Palm Plaza in East Boca Raton, Florida has quietly become a major contributor to the Jam music scene. In addition to the Funky Biscuit, which just hosted their second annual (four night) Biscuit Fest, the landmark plaza is home to the folks who operate Jam Cruise. People who come to Royal Palm Plaza, less than a mile from the ocean are typically having a fancy meal, getting their nails done, their body parts waxed or shopping for art, so it's wonderful to see a hippie-leaning crowd descend upon it.

Highlights of Thursday's (night one) Biscuit Fest included Asheville, North Carolina's Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band They displayed the youthful enthusiasm you wish every band would deliver. Friday's shows drew the biggest crowd. The Heavy Pets anchored the lineup in front of their hometown faithful.



Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band
George Porter Jr. played throughout the Fest, both with the Runnin Pardners, and separately with a host of other musicians like Billy Iuso, Bobby Lee Rogers and Roosevelt Collier. A founding member of The Meters, Porter is funk royalty, a fact not lost on the musicians who were fortunate to share the stage with him during the weekend.

Having gone to college in New Orleans, any time there is a "Malone" in town, attendance is effectively mandatory. With The Subdudes on hiatus and now with his own band, Tommy Malone's Saturday night set focused largely on material from his forthcoming album, along with a couple of Subdudes tracks. His voice still sounds as rich as ever.

Biscuit Fest 2013 was a great time. Maybe next year Tommy's brother will make an appearance with his old band mates?

[Published on: 4/12/13]

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