Happy 50th Birthday Biz Markie | The Joker With Umphrey’s
To celebrate Biz’s birthday we want to look back at the night he sat in with Umphrey’s McGee on a cover of “The Joker” by Steve Miller Band at Brooklyn Bowl. The venue’s owner, Peter Shapiro, who was celebrating his own birthday on that September 2011 night, introduced Markie with a story about how he had been drinking with UM’s Brendan Bayliss and told Brendan his birthday wish was to see Umphrey’s play a Steve Miller Band song with Biz. And just like that the rapper emerged and the crowd went apeshit.
Watch fan-shot footage of “The Joker” from September 8, 2011 featuring Umphrey’s McGee with Biz Markie and Steve Molitz via tahcofan: